Spade, Skirret and Parsnip

Spade, Skirret and Parsnip : The Curious History of Vegetables

By (author) Bill Laws

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The 'couch potato' is an idler, the 'cabbage-head' a dunce, Swede-bashers are stupid and you may as well give up life if you become a vegetable. A vegetable existence may imply dull monotony, but the humble vegetable has sparked protests, threatened to topple a British government and almost triggered a revolution. From the Scottish Presbyterian campaign against the 'sinful potato' to the class act that turned the carrot into a propaganda tool, from garlic inscriptions on Egyptian pyramids to Neolithic broad beans and medieval cabbage, and from the Dig for Victory campaign to their use in perfumes, Spades, Skirrets & Parsnip shows vegetables in a fascinating new light.

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  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 142.2 x 223.5 x 17.8mm | 476.28g
  • 01 Aug 2004
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Sutton Publishing Ltd
  • Stroud
  • English
  • 0750932589
  • 9780750932585
  • 970,830

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Bill Laws has written seven books on garden history, his last title, Artist's Gardens (Ward Lock 1999) has sold 20.000 in the UK. His Perfect Country Cottage (Conran Octopus 1993,)He writes for the Telegraph Sainsbury's Magazine, Period House and its Garden. Formerly a professional gardener, he manages an organic garden on the Welsh Borders.

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