Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables
Gardeners who grow their own fruits and vegetables generally don't need to be coaxed into better eating habits, but as winter approaches it might be a good time to encourage yourself and your family to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day. The 5 A Day for Better Health Program, sponsored in part by the National Cancer Institute, has a wide range of recipes and tips on its Web site.
Conceived as a book that would guide the gardener from seed to salad bowl, The Harrowsmith Salad Garden, by Turid Forsyth and Merilyn Simonds Mohr (Camden House, 1992; $19.95), covers a wide range of salad ingredients. It has chapters on lettuces, exotic greens, herbs, salad seasoning and garden practices, with botanical, mythological and nutritional information as well as recommended varieties. Plus there are recipes for both traditional and unusual salads and dressings.