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A warm and welcoming celebration of fresh, seasonal food


P. Allen Smith’s

Seasonal Recipes from the Garden


P. Allen Smith is famous for his expert advice about gardens, but now everyone with an appetite can appreciate what Allen has to offer.  In his cookbook debut, P. ALLEN SMITH’S SEASONAL RECIPES FROM THE GARDEN (Clarkson Potter/Publishers; December 28, 2010), America’s best-known gardener celebrates the bounty of each season with recipes arranged by the time when flavorful fruits, vegetables, and herbs arrive at their garden-fresh best.


With many Americans reconnecting to the garden and the idea that eating food grown close to home is best for our bodies and our communities, there is no better time for Allen to extend his expertise from the garden to the kitchen.  SEASONAL RECIPES FROM THE GARDEN features four-color photographs and 120 recipes—30 for each season—inspired by the author’s own garden and farm.  The recipes are Allen’s favorites, most from his own kitchen and some adapted from family and friends. 


Best of all, this cookbook is written in the friendly and welcoming voice Allen’s fans have come to love. His personal stories that introduce each recipe are a delightful glimpse into his life with family and friends. Aunt Genny’s Blueberry Muffins evoke memories of Allen and his siblings roaming the woods searching for wild blueberries; Lady Peas with Red Tomato Relish reminds him of shelling peas with Ma Smith in the kitchen after supper; Roasted Quail with Berry Sauce reminds Allen of hunting season with his granddad and his beloved English pointers; and Blue Cheese and Onion Cornbread brings up the great sweet-vs.-unsweet Southern cornbread debate.


Inspired by what Allen has fresh in his garden each season, sample recipes include:


  • Spring: Chilled Pea Soup with Bacon and Whipped Cream; Black Bean and Spinach Burritos; Spring Onion and Herb Risotto; Mom’s Cinnamon Rolls 
  • Summer: Fresh Peach Punch; Grilled Chicken Breasts with White Barbecue Sauce; Bacon-Thyme Biscuits with Orange Marmalade Butter; Lemon Meringue Pie 
  • Fall: Parmesan Pecan Crisps; After-Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry Chutney; Red Pepper Frittata with Prosciutto; Shrimp Creole 
  • Winter: Lentil and Leek Soup; Iron Skillet Filet Mignon; Quick Fried Kale; Citrus Honey Cheesecake with Hazelnut Crust


From Grilled Pork Chops with Zucchini and Peppers to Oven-Fried Catfish with Fresh Dill Tartar Sauce, the recipes in SEASONAL RECIPES FROM THE GARDEN use ingredients as accessible as tomatoes and carrots and as beloved as okra and kale. They are a celebration of Southern family recipes, but also the food everyone loves to eat. Allen presents plenty of advice, including a short how-to guide with information about the food he grows and some simple ideas on how readers can do the same.  These delicious Southern recipes are perfect for those who garden themselves as well as for anyone who simply enjoys fresh food.


About the Author:

P. ALLEN SMITH is a popular television personality and a bestselling author as well as one of America’s best-known garden designers and lifestyle contributors. Host of the weekly public television show P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, the syndicated television program P. Allen Smith Gardens, and gardening reports on The Weather Channel, he also makes regular appearances on the Today show.  His creative ideas help people blend the beauty of the garden with the comfort of their homes. Recipient of numerous national gardening awards, Allen has been featured in many national magazines and newspapers.



P. Allen Smith’s Seasonal Recipes from the Garden

By P. Allen Smith

Clarkson Potter/Publishers

December 28, 2010 • 978-0-307-35108-1

$32.50 • Hardcover

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The Crown Publishing Group