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Garlic Is Life: A Memoir With Recipes

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A charming story that combines a love of garlic with an extraordinary life, this is a college teacher turned Sonoma County garlic farmer's account of his introduction to the herb--from his family's farming techniques in former Soviet Georgia to his experiences supplying some of the best restaurants in the country. Growing tips and recipes are included, as well as close-up ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Ten Speed Press
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Deb
May 23, 2011 Deb rated it it was amazing
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This is the type of book that makes you fall in love with life... and garlic... all over again. Chester finds himself after a divorce by immersing himself in the joys of gardening, ranching and by the way, almost accidentally, becomes a garlic farmer.

I loved the way he invoked nostalgia for his boyhood and love for his Georgian father through his discovery of Georgian garlic. The scent of freshly pulled garlic conjured up his past, almost literally bringing his parents back to life for him. He
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Feb 24, 2015 Psflint rated it it was amazing
Having grown up in Siskiyou County, somewhat north of Occidental, Chester's talk of redwoods and manzanita and madrone made me homesick. I love garlic and now I want to have some in the garden--at least I have time to read the catalogs and pick what I want.
This book was lovely and easy to read, just perfect for a very cold day in February to curl up by the fire with some hot chocolate. I love the style and all of the interesting tidbits of information tucked in. I love that he was able to write
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May 10, 2014 Sue rated it it was amazing
Love Chester's writing.
Catherine
Jan 16, 2011 Catherine rated it really liked it
Memoir of a literature and writing professor who began to grow exotic types of garlic as a hobby and eventually turned it into a late-in-life career. His laid-back style and cheerful demeanor made this book fun to read. I was psyched that two of the types of garlic he recommends are ones that I planted this fall. Published about 15 years ago, so some of the source information is out of date.
Amy
Jan 09, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
A memorable read. It made me want to try all of the different kinds of garlic to see if I could pick up on the differences he describes.
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Prolific author of novels, stories, and memoirs, Chester Aaron was born in 1923 in a Pennsylvania coal-mine town, saw combat in World War II, and was with the troops that liberated Dachau. Following
publication of his first novel in 1967, he was an x-ray technician at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, CA. He joined the faculty at Saint Mary’s College, retiring as a full professor in 1997. Over the l
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