Spade, Skirret and Parsnip: The Curious History of Vegetables

Spade, Skirret and Parsnip: The Curious History of Vegetables


By (author) Bill Laws

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  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 18mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 30 April 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Stroud
  • ISBN 10: 0750932597
  • ISBN 13: 9780750932592
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 70 b/w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 399,619

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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 human 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, Spade, Skirret and Parnsip shows vegetables in a fascinating new light.

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Author information

BIll Laws has written seven books on garden history; his last title, 'Artist's Gardens' (Ward Lock 1999) has sold 20,000 copies in the UK. He writes for The Telegraph, Sainsbury's Magazines, Period House and Its Garden. Formerly a professional gardener, he manages an organic garden on the Welsh borders.