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Rosalind Creasy's first book, The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping, was revolutionary in 1982. Gardens of the Mediterranean have always focused on edibles, and the gardens of North America's pioneers and missionaries were usually devoted to the production of food for the family or community. But to consider those edible crops as ornamental was a fairly radical notion. Ros changed our way of thinking by pointing out that edible plants are beautiful and just as worthy of inclusion in a garden's design as those plants popularly identified as "ornamental."

Ros is passionate about growing her own food and in encouraging others to do so. She long ago tore out her front lawn and junipers to create an experimental—but always beautiful—edible landscape that continues to enhance her otherwise conventional suburban cul-de-sac on the San Francisco Peninsula. With that as her test garden, and her own kitchen for taste-testing recipes, she proceeded to publish Cooking from the Garden (1988) and more than a dozen other books on the subject—magnificent books, each a combination of garden guide, cookbook, and coffee table book, with mouthwatering color photographs of plants in the garden and ...

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