In my book Vegetable Gardening Wisdom, I included many inspiring quotations about gardening and cooking from modern and contemporary writers of various disciplines who all share a love of nature and passion for growing food. I took the process of choosing these quotations very seriously — I read or re-read many, many books cover to cover just to find one exactly-right quote within them — and I relished in the opportunity to immerse myself in the writing of some of my favorite authors who’ve had a profound influence on me and my way of thinking. Below is a list of the sources of these quotations, roughly in the order they appear in the book (though some authors who appear twice in the book are only listed here once). I’ve also included links to these titles on Amazon, where you can learn more and choose whether to add them to your own library, where via Amazon, your local used bookstore, or elsewhere.
Wendell Berry, “Think Little” in The Art of the Commonplace (2002), Counterpoint.
Eliot Coleman, The New Organic Grower (1995), Chelsea Green Publishing.
Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (2007), Harper Collins Publishers.
Edward C. Smith, The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible (2009), Storey Publishing.
Joel Salatin, Folks, This Ain’t Normal (2011), Center Street.
Janisse Ray, The Seed Underground (2012), Chelsea Green Publishing.
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution (1978), The New York Review of Books.
Eleanor Perényi, Green Thoughts (1981), Random House.
Joan Dye Gussow, This Organic Life (2001), Chelsea Green Publishing.
Jamaica Kincaid, My Garden (Book) (1999), Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Mel Bartholomew, Square Foot Gardening (1981), Rodale Press.
Deborah Madison, Vegetable Literacy (2013), Ten Speed Press.
Sean Brock, Heritage (2014), Artisan, (Workman Publishing).
Jeanne Nolan, From the Ground Up (2013), Spiegel & Grau (Random House Publishing).
Michael Pollan, Second Nature (1991), Grove Press.
Margaret Roach, And I Shall Have Some Peace There (2011), Grand Central Publishing (Hachette Book Group).
Edna Lewis, In Pursuit of Flavor (1988), Alfred A. Knopf. (Link is to brand new 2019 edition!)
Steve Sando, The Rancho Gordo Heirloom Bean Grower’s Guide (2011), Timber Press.
Gary Paul Nabhan, Coming Home to Eat (2002), W.W. Norton and Company.
Diane Ackerman, Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden (2001), Perennial (Harper Collins).
Ruth Stout, Gardening Without Work (1961), Echo Point Books and Media.
Darina Allen, Grow Cook Nourish (2017), Kyle Books.
Barbara Pleasant, Homegrown Pantry (2017), Storey Publishing.
Alice Waters, My Pantry (2015), Pam Krauss Books (Crown Publishing Group).
Michelle Obama, American Grown (2012), The National Park Foundation (Crown Publishing Group).
Sandor Ellix Katz, The Art of Fermentation (2012), Chelsea Green Publishing.
Vandana Shiva, “Seed Freedom—What Is at Stake” from The Vandana Shiva Reader (2014), The University of Kentucky Press.
Deborah Madison, Vegetable Literacy (2013), Ten Speed Press, p.2
Ruth Page, Ruth Page’s Gardening Journal (1989), The National Gardening Association.
Rosemary Gladstar, Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs (2012), Storey Publishing.
Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential (2000), Bloosmbury Publishing.