Book reviews

1. The Permaculture Magazine review by Joan Bailey:

2. The first review apart from the Permaculture Magazine one came from a completely unexpected place, the Scottish Rock Garden Club’s Ian Young’s weekly Bulb Log and a really good review it is too!!…/2014Nov261417007041BULB_LOG_4814.p…(see pages 11 to 15)

 3.  The first review of ATW was Scottish Rocker Ian Young in his Bulb log.  Now his better half Maggi Young has written a review for  the SRGC journal…who would have thought a review would appear here :) As a long term member and as one of my most important sources of seed of perennial vegetables over the years (  I’m very happy for this, so thank you Youngs of Aberdeen!!  I love the last paragraph….and particularly the last sentence “If you have any interest in plants and eat on a regular basis….buy this book” ;)  ….and here’s a thread I called My Edible Alpines I wrote occasionally from 2009 to 2011 on the brilliant Scottish Rock Garden Club Forum:
4.  A big thank you to Peter Bane for his unusually well written review of my book in Permaculture Activist!  A couple of quotes (the whole review can be downloaded below):  «I don’t normally sing the praises of the process that is making humanity one people and Earth one place, but in the case of distributing plant diversity, we have to make an exception. The economic processes of globalism are a largely unmitigated disaster. The biotic reassembly of Pangaia may be the silver lining in the vast cloud, and a source of considerable succour to late 21st century people if they can look back on the holocaust of our time with any equanimity.  Stephen Barstow, evoking the mythical Phineas Fogg of globe-spanning balloon fame, has laid before his readers a veritableplanetary feast of perennial vegetables. Standing on the shoulders of plant explorers and scholars before him: Sturtevant, Facciola, and others, he does them justice by acknowledging and improving on their work. Around the World in 80 plants brings honor to its author and publishers by contributing a magnificent work to the literature of permanent agriculture. Worth the effort to read, it belongs on the shelf of all serious gardeners.”
5.  Lovely review of my book in Sesam Nytt (Sesam is the Swedish Seed Saver organisation) (in Swedish of course)
6.  Orebladet is the newsletter of the local group of the Norwegian Botanical Society in Trondheim and there’s a short review of my book in the latest one that just arrived :)
See here:
7.  Thanks to Alan Carter of the  “of Plums and Pignuts” blog fame for this nice review:
8. “Stephen Barstow is to edible plants what Robson Green is to fishing!”  Well, I hadn’t heard of Robson Green before and I’m sure Green hasn’t heard of me before either….but this is a nice review (they’ve all been nice so far!!)  on my “APPETISING 80″ !! Thanks Graham Andrews!!  ….and my gaze went to the pictures on the right hand side of the page where 4 of the 6 are of edimentals…Urospermum is actually mentioned on p. 58 of the book (a wild foraged leafy green in the Mediterranean which I grow, but quite bitter to our modern palate), Papaver (seeds), Meconopsis (oil from seeds) and Anthriscus Golden Fleece has been on my wish list for some time…  See:

9. Thanks Telsing Andrews for the great review for Canadian Organic Growers,  on page 7:

10. It’s particularly pleasing to get a review from Chicago as over the past 7 years I’ve mostly opened my talks with a picture of the beautiful Chicago Onion (as I call Allium cernuum)….more in the book…

11. Review in Norwegian Organic Magazine “Ren Mat” : 

12.  Review by Alys Fowler in the Guardian!

13. Review in local newspaper, Stjørdsalsnytt

14. Review by Michael Pilarski of Friends of the Trees Society:

15. Review in the Norwegian Botanical Association’s journal Blyttia (in Norwegian). “A must if you’re interested in plants!”

16.  Review in Icelandic magazine  Sumarhúsinu og garðinum (Summerhouse and garden)

17.  80 shades of plants: A review in the Annals of Botany Blog!

18.  Review in The American Gardener

19. Review and interview in the Backyard Larder blog

20. Review in the journal Economic Botany, see here:

21. Review in the journal Ethnobiology Letters, see here: and

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