In Pursuit of Garlic
Liz Primeau is a champion of home gardening, encouraging Canadians to turn manicured front yards into eye-catching vegetable patches growing alongside flowers and cacti. In Pursuit of Garlic: An Intimate Look at the Divinely Odorous Bulb is a paean to an allium once “disagreeable to the English palate.” Primeau dishes up historical facts, myths, legends, and lots of gardening and gastronomic anecdotes and tips. (How to slay garlic breath? Chew parsley, or raw vegetables such as spinach, or fruit like kiwi.) If you don’t already, you’ll want to grow your own dome-shaped bulbs and cook with them in the many ways Primeau suggests: a whole bulb for an ambrosial pasta sauce, finely chopped fiery bits in sopa de ajo blanco, or roasted for a caramelly purée in blueberry and pear cobbler that has the potential to forever change your dessert game.
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