Living Homegrown

- The Blog -

Live farm fresh

without the farm®

Preserve Like a Pro: Get my top sources for canning tools & supplies. (It’s free!)

Free Edible Garden Cookbook Giveaway!

I love Sunset Magazine not only for the great garden articles, but for the delicious and reliable recipes. I have been ripping out and saving recipes from their pages for many years and I have never had a dud in the bunch.

So imagine how excited I was to learn that they have compiled a cookbook filled with recipes utilizing what we grow in our gardens! The Sunset Edible Garden Cookbook – This is what I need!

And I am giving away FIVE copies of this book.

Edible Garden Cookbook

A few months ago, I had the privilege of visiting Sunset Magazine Headquarters for a media day. We toured the grounds (beautiful) and test kitchen (huge) AND we got to sample a few recipes from this cookbook. All I can say is YUM and Double YUM! My favorite so far is the Chocolate Zucchini Rum Cake which is moist, delicious and you can’t even tell there is zucchini in there.

Here’s the skinny on the book.

Each vegetable and fruit has its own section with a little overview of growing and harvesting tips. There is also a chapter on herbs, an overview on canning and planting a vegetable garden. The recipes?  Simple,  delicious and creative. You will find Browned Butter & Hazelnut Mashed Potatoes, Swiss Chard & Sausage Frittata, Pumpkin Gingersnap Ice Cream and Melon-Berry Aqua Fresca and so much more!

Here is a sample recipe (reprinted with permission) using that cool watermelon radish I keep seeing in the seed catalogs. Have you seen these?  They are very easy to grow. And when they are sliced, they really do look like watermelons!

Watermelon Radish SaladWatermelon-Radish Salad

Serves 6 —  Time: at least 15 minutes

Also known as red-heart or rose-heart radish, the sweet watermelon radish is an Asian variety. You might even find it sold as red daikon. It is an absolute stunner when cut in half, and that’s the prettiest way to serve it, thinly sliced across to see its gorgeous interior.


watermelon radishes

1/3 cup season rice vinegar

1 tsp. black sesame seeds (optional)

1) Peel radishes. Slice crosswise as thinly as possible. Mix with vinegar.

2) Cover and chill at least 10 minutes or up to 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if you like and serve.

Free Edible Garden Cookbook

How YOU can win a FREE Cookbook!

Sorry. Contest closed. Winners were announced HERE with a summary of your tips and recipes. Thanks to everyone for participating!

Sunset has offered to ship cookbooks to FIVE of my lucky readers! All you have to do is comment below listing your favorite garden edible. If you grow a special vegetable variety that you think is the cat’s meow, please tell us!  For example, one of my very favorite zucchinis is called “Gadzukes”. (It has ribbed stripes and when you slice it, it makes a star.) So what is your “Must Have” veggie in the garden? And if you don’t have a favorite, what are wanting to try this year? Tell us below in the comments.

Please Note: One comment per person please and you must be a continental US resident to win. You have until midnight June 6th to enter. Then, I will randomly pick 5 comments and Sunset will ship out the books.

Good luck!

Disclosure: I was not paid to review this cookbook. I received a free review copy and the offer to give away five cookbooks to my readers. The opinions here are my own.

Enjoy this post?

Sign up for updates & receive my free Canning Resource Guide

Preserve Like a Pro: Get my top sources for canning tools & supplies. (It’s free!)

About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.


  • Kara says:

    Tomatoes! And basil! I have planted an obscene, obscene number of both this year. Oh, and scarlet emperor beans! I really, really love them, too!

  • Tomatoes and cucs for salad and fresh herbs.

  • Cool page indeed!I really wish I have this cookbook.

  • Kim says:

    Basil for sure! Can never have too much pesto and it freezes so well to last the whole year.

  • Kari says:

    Tomatoes! I start my seeds in January and wait impatiently for my first ripe tomatoes in May. There is nothing like one that’s fresh from the garden!

  • pat gelet says:

    I use to have a cottage herbal business, Fields of Ambrosia. I went from having a yard full of herbs and veggies to fulltime Rving with no back yard. We now have a house for the summer months and am trying container gardening. I love fresh tomatoes and hot, hot peppers, fried and in a sandwich. Can’t wait for my little garden to produce.

  • Eileen says:

    Last year, I began to grow several varieties of greens, using heirloom seeds purchased at The Seed Bank in Petaluma, CA. The only space I had was behind my back fence, alongside the alley – and the seeds loved this area! Now I have collard greens and three varieties of chard expanding with every beautiful day – and I love learning the nuances of the different varieties!

  • Susan Balogh says:

    Tomatoes and basil are a must! My favorite heirloom tomato is “Pink Heart” love the sweetness and pale yellow color. Basil is a must too. I plant several varieties but one of my favorite is “Red Robin” which I use for pink lemonade. Very delicious and refreshing during the hot summer days in Oklahoma.

  • Judy Hudgins says:

    I have to say my garden favorite are my fresh herbs….3 varieties of thyme, rosemary, basil, chives, parsley, sage and several different mints. It adds so much to go out and pick them fresh.

  • Judy Miller says:

    Tomatoes!! Beefsteak is my preferred, but any tomato will do! We have reduced our garden each year lately (getting older. . . ), but tomatoes will always be a necessity!! Nothing like a fresh tomato out of the garden for a salad or a blt!!

  • Lynn Sanfilippo says:

    Once again, Basil and tomoatoes….a MUST for a Caprese Salad in the summer. Purple ruffles basil makes a beautiful vinegar and Beefsteak tomatoes!! Yum……

  • Gayle Jackson says:

    Tomatoes and potatoes………..any way, any how, raw, cooked, sliced, diced, chopped, boiled, fried, sauted! Now I am hungry, off to the kitchen 🙂

  • Clea Spears says:

    I love the looks and taste of a purple bell pepper. I cook with it have it on salads and just eat out of hand, I just have to grow these wonderful peppers in my garden each year.

  • Shelley Crist says:

    Oh, where do I start…patty pan zucchini’s , got hooked on them last year. They have a wonderful nutty taste! Oh, and all of the other wonderful delectables in the garden :0)

  • I don’t have a lot of sun, but I do try to grow plenty of herbs. Several basils are a must, dill, chives, rosemary, thyme, lots of lemon herbs. Pineapple sage is a favorite just for the scent. This year I have stevia for the first time. The fresh leaves taste like honeysuckle to me…look forward to having dried ones for tea this winter. (Would really love to win a copy of this book!) ~ Daricia

  • thaydra says:

    What is my must-have in the garden? That is such a tough question! Though, I think that this season may have answered it for me. Right at planting season, we were told we’d have to move, so I was not able to plant anything in the garden this year (we’d be moving before harvest season came around). However, I still had to pot up some peas, peppers, and tomatoes! So, I guess those are my must-haves!

    Those radishes are stunning! I’ve never heard of them, but will have to keep an eye out.

    I’ve been wanting to switch my family over to a more fresh food diet recently, and this cookbook looks perfect for that! We get Sunset magazine at the library I work at, and I’m always oogling it when it comes in! =)

  • Candace Brennan says:

    We moved to a small townhome so have learned to be very space conscious. We grow herbs and edible flowers on the front porch and have a little salsa garden in the back where we grow heirloom tomatoes, jalapenos, tomatillos, green onions, garlic and cilantro :o) We also grow chard, spinach and mesclun mix in planter boxes off the deck of the upstairs bedroom.

  • Khadijah says:

    The children have chosen this year’s favorite- sweet peas! I kept telling them how I remembered eating them in my grandma’s garden, but I had never tried growing them before this year. Now I see several sets of little brown eyes out in the garden, eating away. So far we haven’t cooked any!

  • Cherie says:

    Theresa, we snack on an heirloom, self-seeding cherry tomato – TEXAS WILD – which I also use in tons of dishes, including my version of “fried green tomatoes” (on the griddle with a corn-meal/rice flour/sea salt mix as coating because I eat FODMAP free, which is even more strict than GLUTEN-free.) For those of us in the South, it’s one of the few tomatoes that ignore troublesome heat and humidity dooming many to stop blooming by summertime. I got my start from my friend Bev Welch who owns The Arbor Gate Nursery in Tomball, TX. She has TEXAS WILD trained to vine up an arbor there and it’s covered with sweet fruits March till November!

  • Jane Starcher says:

    I HAVE to have yellow tomatoes. I plant 4 kinds of regular size,1 heirloom variety and the new mini (cherry size(

  • Mary says:

    What a fun thing to do. I am experimenting with a favorite vegetable of mine, carrots. For the first time, I am going to plant some “Purple Dragon Carrots”. They have this beautiful purple color on the outside and a gorgeous deep orange in the middle. They should be sweeter than regular carrots. I can not wait until the weather gets cooler so I can watch them grow. I will check back to read all the different veggies everyone comes up with.

  • Kathy says:

    Heirloom tomatoes… I loved homegrown and them discovered heirlooms! The taste is beyond compare!

  • TeresaR says:

    Not that I need another cookbook *grin* but I have to tell you (and the world) that my favorite veggie currently is kohlrabi. It is amazing in Thai curries and stews. I love its crisp texture and sweet, earthy taste. I don’t know what the variety hubby gets is called (he’s the gardener; I’m just the weeder), but I believe he ordered it from Johnny’s Select Seeds.

  • Theresia says:

    I love tomatoes. One of my fondest memories is picking beefsteak tomatoes for lunch frome
    my mothers garden in upstate New York hen I was a kid.

  • Robin says:

    I have to choose just one favorite? Hmmm…well, today I’ll choose Buttercrunch lettuce. I get seed from Irish Eyes out of Ellensburg, Washington for this crop. The seeds germinate reliably, and the lettuce is simply the best Bibb lettuce ever. As a matter of fact, I probably need to go harvest a few heads to make room to plant out my beloved Saucy Paste tomatoes, but that’s another edible I adore to discuss another day….

  • Renee says:

    Well, no matter what a huge staple in my garden is beefsteak tomatoes and basil. I will never go hungry with a sliced tomato, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar! Jalepeno peppers are next on the list. Freshly chopped in tuna is spicy and delicious! I love the zucchini I planted last year. No idea what the name is, but my Uncle gave me some seeds and told me it was and Italian variety. The had light colored stripes on them. Beauty and taste….I’m always on the lookout for some interesting herbs or flowers to make the garden more beautiful and colorful. Cookbooks are a passion of mine and I would certainly love this one!

  • Sue Schwartz says:


  • I’m so boring. I pick kale. Versatile, healthy, year-round kale. 🙂

  • Ruth says:

    I love cucumbers the best. The fresh flavor and the fantasic salads. I love any pickle I can get me hands on. I do alot of canning, and any new pickle recipe is tried. Thank you for your newslatter.

  • Liz Clark says:

    CILANTRO. And basil. Mostly cilantro. Oh, and salad greens.
    Gotta have this book!

  • Sarah Z says:

    Like everyone else, I love tomatoes and basil, but here in our coastal climate you really need a greenhouse for those. I have to say kale! It is the gift that keeps on giving. Produces all spring summer and fall, and overwinters wonderfully! Harvesting and eating from my garden gives me joy!

  • My favourite right now is peas, because they are ready for snacking. But beans have my heart – nothing like a French filet bean picked right from the garden. Yummmm.

  • Melissa says:

    I always plant Beefsteak Tomatoes and Italian Green Peppers! There is nothing that compares to the taste of a home grown tomato!

  • Kathleen Lindquist says:

    Tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs are a must have. Adding fresh home grown herbs, gives your recipes a certain something special. I garden mostly on my patio,but I also garden at my sister’s and brother’s place. Last year our sweet potatoes were great. We will be doing a larger area this year.

  • Barb Grant says:

    Well being in New Jersey I would have to same tomatoes. I grow both beefsteak and grape varieties and there are nothing like Jersey tomatoes. Basil is another that I am growing a ton of this year, basil and tomatoes just go so well together.

  • sarah spitz says:

    I am completely nutty for fava beans. Windsor in particular. They even TASTE nutty. I didn’t realize you could eat them when they’re young, pod and all. And it’s ALOT of work to eat a fava bean so you’ve got to love ’em to like ’em.

  • Aerie-el says:

    There are so many garden edibles that I ‘must have’! But at the top of the list, my favorite vegetable to grow is kale–can’t get enough of it. I also adore the taste of sungold tomatoes, so I grow those every summer. In my experience, they can be coaxed into producing a fair amount even in the coolest, wettest of Seattle summers. I’ve temporarily moved to St Louis, so I bet they’ll grow easily here, along with the basil that will surely be planted along side.

  • Mil says:

    Fava beans! I always have to have fava beans in the springtime. Plus, they are one of the few veggies I can grow easily in my strange little micro climate. Silly me, I tried to grow cucumbers, melons, and okra here!

  • Laura G. says:

    I have to pick just ONE?! hmmm, I have to say cucumbers are my favorite home grown veg. Every year I grow more and more, hoping to have enough to ferment a winter supply, but we eat so many fresh, there are never enough to put up much at the end of the season!

  • Rosemary is a must! This year I have an edible garden on my balcony…we’ll see how well it grows. The one thing I don’t have growing that I wish I did is OKRA (yum!)

  • virginia says:

    Grey zucchini so far this seasons favorite… Living in arid dry enviroment, these plants really come along well… I need some new innovative recipe ideas for them..

  • Karen says:

    Must have tomatoes…and basil and onions and…

  • Lydia Habr says:

    I have to have tomatoes! Every year I have the best intention of not getting carried away with how many varieties I plant, & every year I fail epically! This year I have 35 plants representing 15 different types. I can’t wait to start picking them. But I also love my winter squash, all sorts..pumpkins of several varieties (especially Suger Pie), acorn, butternut, spaghetti..I can never have enough! I really love almost everything I plant, except beets which I plant for my husband!

  • Sydnee (Rabbitroodle) says:

    While working in the garden, a cherry tomato or two….okay or 10 to keep me going, just pick it and pop it in my mouth. For a serious garden salad, tomatoes, basil, dill and then this time a year an old trick my grandfather taught me. Pinch off a bit of the new growth from a pine tree. Don’t need more than a couple of pinches. Very citrus-y and adds a little kick to the salad.

  • Chrissy Williams says:

    cherry tomatoes “sweet 100’s”, cucumbers, cantaloupe!!!!!!!!!!!
    Flavors of summer!

  • John Haught says:

    Besides tomatoes and herbs – Kohlrabi, sugar snap peas, Chinese cabbage, red hot cherry peppers, and bunching onions.

  • Sandy says:

    I have to have tomatoes… any kind. Some for making sauce, some for salads and some just because!

  • Jane Starcher says:

    Yellow tomatoes. Tons and tons of yellow tomatoes!!!

  • Lou Ann Stewart says:

    Yellow crook neck squash and tomatoes. Yummy.

  • Jessica Raav says:

    My must-have to grow in the garden is def. herbs! If all my veg were not to make it and I was only left with herbs, I would be happy! Dill, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, chives, basil, mint, lemongrass, tarragon…these make any and all cooking great, fresh-picked from the garden!

  • Dawn Siemer says:

    Guess I have to say tomatoes. We got some super-tasty pink grape tomatoes a couple years ago & they were so good I saved the seeds… unfortunately not the name. All I remember is it was a German heirloom variety.

    Add some zucchini & eggplant to bigger, tarter tomatoes & we’ve got the makings of a greatness!

  • Tammie Haley says:

    Every spring I look forward to rhubarb and peas. Every summer I look forward to chocolate cherry tomatoes and scarlet runner beans. Every fall I look forward to potatoes and butternut squash. Every winter I look forward to frost nipped carrots and kale.

  • Linda says:

    Favorite garden yummys……for greens, it’s arugula……tomatoes of any and all varieties…..and this year I am trying a perennial szechuan pepper bush….can’t wait to get a hold of some to try.

  • Debbie says:

    I would love to win this!! My favorite is tomatoes, for sure.

  • Minnarie says:

    My absolute favorite edible that I am growing this year is my pineberries. They taste like pineapple, which is such a treat to me because I am allergic to pineapple! I also enjoy growing my own herbs, especially basil 🙂

  • Barbara says:

    yellow squash, tomatoes & basil…I’m a container gardener!

  • Megan says:

    Like many of the comments above, my favorite edible is the tomoato. It’s just so versatile and tastes the best picked fresh from the garden. My less obvious favorite is rhubarb. Harvesting my first stalks of the season is my favorite part of spring.

  • Leigh Anne says:

    Squash! And tomatoes!

  • jeanne says:

    Nasturtiums because I love the flowers and my grandbunnies and my family love the leaves in salads!

  • Lynn says:

    Grape tomatoes are our favorite–last year my kids would snack on them right from the plant while playing outside!!

  • Mary Jo says:

    I grow and love Armenian cucumbers. They are excellent for any cucumber use and especially for bread and butter pickles. The are already ribbed and look festive on a plate.
    I started making these cucumbers 30 years ago.
    Mary Jo

  • Jenny says:

    We can’t get enough sungold tomatoes in our family. We also like to grow varieties of vegetables we can’t find in a supermarket. This year, we’re trying purple tomatillos, parisian carrots, turkish orange eggplants, and romanesco broccoli.

  • Erin Anderson says:

    Definitely arugula. Or basil. Or cherry tomatoes?

  • Linda Atherton says:

    Looks like a wonderful cookbook! I would love to add it to my collection. …This year I decided to try “Square Foot Gardening”. I’ve set up a raised, caged (for woodchuck control) 4’x4’x6″ box filled with the recommended soil mix. I’m experimenting to see just how much I can grow in such a small area. One of my new (for me) veggies is miniature carrots, Burpee’s Little Finger. They’re supposed to mature at 3.5″ long.

  • Salome Honeycutt says:

    Really excited to try my heirloom okra I have planted!

  • Mary Lenwell says:

    My favorite are the heirloom tomatos that I started growng last year after a neighbor shared some from his garden with us. The best is one called German Queen or sometimes called German Pink. This ugly looking tomato has the best ever flavor. I like eating them right from the garden but they add alot of flavor to salads too.

  • Susan Jung says:

    Gypsy peppers are my must have each year! Yummy

  • Ruby says:

    I have many favorites but my first love are beets, next it would have to be tomatoes straight from the vine eaten right then and there and finally summer salads wouldn’t be that same without lots of basil and garlic.
    I would absolutely love to have that cookbook–it would make a fine addition to my library–just in case I don’t win, where can I buy it?
    Finally let me say fresh picked raspberries with a little basil is glorious…


  • Tammy says:

    I would say my favorite is cucumbers because they are delicious in salads and I turn them into pickles so they last throughout the year. My husband absolutely loves the fresh tomatoes and cherry tomatoes.

  • Crystal says:

    My grandpa started giving me eggplant every year and now it wouldn’t be Summer without the beautiful purple color in our garden!

  • Natalie Blake says:

    I love radishes and carrots and would definitely love to own this cookbook.

  • Alicia Lorance says:

    I am doing my first bit of gardening since I was a kid. It’s in containers since I live in an apartment, but I am looking forward to growing my own herbs on my patio. I am also planning on getting some blueberry bushes because fresh blueberries are my favorite.

  • Tanya says:

    Basil and Tomatoes!

  • John Krost says:

    O.K. Theresa my 10 year old want’s a cookbook and for you to come up here and help her with her garden.


  • Martha says:

    Sign me up! I have a few exciting new additions to our garden this year like borage, aramanth and roselle. Who wouldn’t love a great garden-based cook book?

  • Machelle H says:

    Okra. We moved from Texas to Indiana and don’t see it much in the grocery stores and not very many people grow it here. I have a small yard and only a couple of raised beds, but one is okra!

  • elizabeth says:

    Dinosaur kale and romaine lettuce are staples. Gotta have tons of fresh leafy greens! MMMM!

  • Amy Castillo says:

    Potatoes. The rich, buttery flavor of a homegrown potato takes this humble vegetable to a whole new place of comfort and enjoyment at our dinner table. Not too mention the leftovers!

  • Deb says:

    Zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes: garden to grill…

  • Kathy says:

    Yellow crook neck squash… yummy. I simply cannot live without fresh yellow crook neck squash. My favorite way of eating it is to cut it up into bite-sized pieces, boil with lots of tasty onions. Oh my… the squash almost melts in my mouth. I think I’ll go see if more is ready for tonight’s supper!

  • Steven Errante says:

    Nicole and I made a herb tree using clay pots stacked at angles. Herbs were oregano, dill, thyme, Thai basil, rosemary, and basil.

  • Jen in TX says:

    Heirloom tomatoes–nothing in a store can compare!

  • Susy says:

    My favorite home grown vegetable depends on the time of the year and what is growing in the garden, I love garden lettuce in the spring and fresh peas. In the summer it has to be tomatoes and lemon cucumbers. By the fall the potatoes are ready and I love fresh potatoes from the garden. Yum, I guess I love all fresh, home grown veggies!

  • Sarah says:

    Parsley and tomatoes for tabouli and cucumbers and purple Cherokee tomatoes for yummy wraps

  • Susan says:

    I love everything that I grow in the garden, but my favorite thing this week is to eat boysenberries right off the vines when I go out in the early morning to let my chickens down into their run. Then I share a few berries with my chickies, and my little dog Ruby, who loves all fruit and veggies from the garden. (She often helps herself to anything she can pick herself, including greens, cherry tomatoes, and brussel sprouts!)

  • Nicky @dirtandmartinis says:

    Ooooh I have so many favorites! I think on of my favorite vegetables to grow are sugarsnap peas. They make the perfect snack to munch on, especially while gardening. 🙂

  • I love tomatoes, and my favorite one is ‘German Johnson’.

  • Matt says:

    Japanese Eggplant and tons of fresh herbs this season have been added as well as Heirloom “Green Zebra” tomatoes, my personal fave for tomato pie!

  • Wait…we have to choose just one? Tomatoes for sure…and asparagus. And oh berries….and herbs like rosemary and thyme….Ahhhhh what’s not to love about the garden!

  • Carri says:

    I’d have to saw my favorites would be artichokes or anything citrus!! I’m lucky to be able to grow both outdoors!

  • Dan Vierria says:

    Cuckoo for cukes! Those crispy little devils are versatile and oh-so-low-cal. Snacking, salads, pickled, cuke-yogurt-garlic sauce, sammies – it’s all good.

  • Lisa D says:

    My garden favorite is tomatoes! Last year the favorites were Big Rainbow and Abraham Lincoln

  • Patty Hicks says:

    Teresa thank you for hosting this giveaway!
    For color lettuces in many colors are a must, for flavor Basil, Buckler Sorrel and Green Zebra tomatoes in the summer garden and Red Russian Kale and Leeks in the winter garden. I grow most all of our herbs, bay, sage, thyme, Oregano (3 varieties I actually use), chives, sweet cicely and much more and feel these are a big must have for any kitchen garden. You can see it is difficult to chose just one for this gardener.

    I think sweet potatoes would be the one veggie I would like to try though it seems a challenge here in our cooler Pacific NW garden.

  • Maryelln Garcia says:

    I would ReadIt like Bible! 🙂

  • Vickie says:

    Tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, zucchhini, icicle radishes, rasberries, strawberries.

  • Love sliced heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil and balsamic vinaigrette. A great side dish with any meal!

  • Deanna says:

    I’d have to say corn and zucchini!

  • Jennifer Davit says:

    ‘Black Cherry’ tomatoes are my favorite- great for growing in pots on a balcony and delicious, not too sweet, fruit.

  • Stephanie says:

    I love this variety of slicing cucumber, we don’t know what it is called, my mom’s friends brought her the seeds from Okinawa. We’ve been saving the seed and growing them for the last 15 years or so. They are most like Suyo Long cucumbers.

  • Daisey says:

    Sugar snap peas

  • marie says:

    summer isn’t summer without my tomatoes and cucumbers..yum

  • Cheri Hamlett says:

    Fresh tomatoes and basil for a caprese salad (or sandwich), fresh oregano for my signature stuffed shells and fresh sage for a Thanksgiving stuffing to die for! Would also like to try my hand at growing artichokes — steamed with garlic beurre blanc — nothing better than than unless you served them halved with poached bay scallops (with a lemon beurre blanc!)

  • Miina says:

    All of them! My favorites – kohlrabi, radishes, pole beans, pole sugar snap peas, tomatoes, zucchini, cabbage, rosemary, basil, carrots, turnips, strawberries. I am trying some new veggies this year – lettuce, spinach, broccoli. Makes my mouth water just thinking about the fresh produce that will one day come out of all our gardens!

  • Deliamo says:

    I’m trying to grow Poona Kheera Cucumbers this year – they have such a fun, spicy taste to them and taste incredible straight off the vine!

  • Becky says:

    SO hard to pick but I’m going with sugar snap peas. They NEVER make it into the house and my kids even fight over who gets to eat them. (I love everything Sunset Magazine does!)

  • Meryl says:


  • Louis says:


  • As sad as it sounds, I am excited to try our tomatoes. I have been trying to grow them for 3 years but haven’t had any success other than growing them for squirrel food.

  • I live in Sacratomato, so, duh … my must haves are tomatoes. and basil. I’ve pared back to mostly just these two this year. Jeannie

  • Dottie says:

    I am a vegetable gardener for many years & love all my wonderful vegetables in their season. Grilled Eggplant! Fried Italian Pepper sandwiches! Cucumber & Tomato sandwiches! Salad of all kinds! Fresh herbs! Lightly steamed summer squash! Chard & Spinach pie! Broccoli quiche!
    But sometimes my favorites grow between the rows – early dandelion greens, sorrel, & goosefoot. These, too, have a place at our table. Impossible to choose a single favorite!

  • Michelle says:

    My favorites are tomatillos the taste from the garden is so much better than the ones from the market. The kids favorites are sun gold cherry tomatoes and purple pole beans. They love to watch the beans turn from dark purple to bright green when they cook.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Zucchini!! It is my favorite veggie.

  • Michelle Zupan says:

    Cherokee Purple Tomatoes hands down. I had never eaten a tomato like an apple until we grew the Cherokee Purples for the first time. They are amazingly flavorful. The real proof of their yummy-ness is proven every year when our summer camp kids discover them. Even kids who were not big on tomatoes become converts after trying these. We would love the Sunset cookbook to add to our curriculum offerings for our cooking summer camp.

  • Tom Mann says:

    My favorites are – well – anything homegrown. Nothing beats the smell of a homegrown tomato even before you slice into it. We love squash, but need to expand beyond the steamed in a foil pouch on the grill, or lightly cooked in a frying pan. I want to do more with peppers, too, besides stir fry or salsa. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  • Sherrie Gerber says:

    Spaghetti Squash! I love the versatility and low calorie factor… not to mention it’s adaptable taste and various uses. It takes the place of mashed potatoes in an instant, leaving you feeling healthier rather than full and tired. Fresh garden tomatoes roasted on top with some garlic make for a great vegetarian meal. I grow tomatoes, garlic, various mustard greens, corn, zucchini, beans and peas just to name a few. Would love to learn more about cooking with home grown edibles! I always plant an extra row for the food bank every year. Thanks for reading!!

  • Im so excited about this book. I am making time this year for a vegetable garden. I hope I’m sucessful growing Brussel sprouts and beets! Now I need recipes to match my new endeavor! I have never cooked a beet and I’m 50 years old!! What a shame.

  • Mary Schactler says:

    Italian beans is my favorite vegetable out of our garden. Winter squash and/or pumpkin is a close second! I’m sure glad someone invented freezers:)

  • Maggie Nowakowska says:

    Potatoes. It’s a three-season veggie: early summer for new potatoes, late summer/autumn for potato salad; and, mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. If you’re lucky to live in a part of the country that seldom gets hard freezes, you can harvest until the weather breaks for spring. And, you’ll have potatoes again because once a garden has potatoes — it always has potatoes.

    My favorites are Yukon Gold, Viking Red, and any number of the blues.

  • Mary says:

    Juliet tomato . . . prolific, divine fresh or oven dried . . .kept on the basement floor in newsprint past the new year. Big winner!

  • Julia Simon says:

    My absolute favorite is the tomato. My favorite tomato off the vine is the Sweet 100. This year I found Sweet Million! I’m so excited, I can barely wait for the first fruit! This year I also planted herbs in my strawberry jar for the first time (using packing peanuts to keep the pot lightweight). I hope I have success with that project!

  • Barbara P. says:

    Tomatoes and basil!

  • debbie T says:

    Yes, I agree, the tomato is my favorite, I planted a bunch this season, in the ground and in pots. I’m still a newbie gardener, but I’m hoping that I’ll get enough tomatoes to freeze for winter use. I dont’ think you can have too many tomatoes! LOL

    I’ve expanded my gardent this season, trying eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, cabbage, butternut, brussels sprouts, basil, lettuce, peas, beets, and I think that’s it. I’m really hoping it works out!

  • Jeff Blackwell says:

    I’d love to see what is inside this cookbook. Sounds like a valuable addition to my library.

  • Michelle says:

    Ive grown veggies for years, and this year just moved into a house on a CSA Farm! Fantastic! This year, Im looking forward to cooking with more squash. It intimidates me a bit, and Im looking to diversify and face my fear!

  • Irene Kenny says:

    Eggplant… love love them and so many ways to prepare…..

  • Maxus says:

    I would love to win one of these

  • […] of you commented on the Sunset Edible Garden Cookbook Giveaway and listed some great edible favorites, cooking tips and more! Thank you so much for all the great […]

  • Leave a Comment:

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *