The American Gardener

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The American Gardener

By William Cobbett; Michael Pollan (Editor); Verlyn Klinkenborg (Introduction by)

Modern Library, Paperback, 9780812967371, 256pp.

Publication Date: April 22, 2003

Back in print after 150 years
Out of print since 1856, "The American Gardener" is perhaps the first classic work of American gardening literature. In it, William Cobbett, Victorian England's greatest and most gifted journalist, draws upon his experiences during a two-year exile on a Long Island, New York, farm to lay out the rudiments of gardening for American farmers and, ultimately, to tailor principles developed in wet, drippy, weed-prone British gardens to their fine, sun-drenched counterparts in America. Full of practical knowledge memorably imparted with Cobbett's gift for the indelible phrase, "The American Gardener" offers advice still useful today on all aspects of gardening, with special attention to those plants successful in the New World, including the artichoke ( indeed, a thistle upon a gigantic scale ) and the increasingly ubiquitous potato. Rediscovered 180 years after its composition, "The American Gardener" is evidence of a great mind and pen at work in the earliest days of American gardens.
This Modern Library edition is published with a new Introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg, a "New York Times" editorialist and the author of "The Rural Life," "Making Hay," and "The Last Fine Time.

About the Author

Sandor Ellix Katz is a self-taught fermentation experimentalist. He wrote Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods--which Newsweek called "the fermenting bible"--in order to share the fermentation wisdom he had learned, and demystify home fermentation. Since the book's publication in 2003, Katz has taught hundreds of fermentation workshops across North America and beyond, and authored The Art of Fermentation (2011) and the instructional DVD Fermentation Workshop with Sandor Ellix Katz (2010). A native of New York City, he now gardens, saves seeds, tends goats and chickens, and produces biodiesel from used fry oil in an off-the-grid community in the hills of Tennessee.

Verlyn Klinkenborg comes from a family of Iowa farmers and is the author of Making Hay, The Last Fine Time, The Rural Life, Timothy, and Several Short Sentences About Writing. A member of the editorial board of the New York Times, he has written for The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, National Geographic, Mother Jones, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. He teaches creative writing at Yale University and Pomona College and lives on a small farm in upstate New York.

Praise For The American Gardener

“Seasons wait for no man. Nature makes us her offers freely; but she will be taken at her word.” —William Cobbett