Informative, funny, and, above all, tenderly moving, To Eat is a fitting capstone to a profound partnership. A memorable book about the path food travels from garden to table
For years, Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd lived and worked together, tending to North Hill, their spectacular garden in southern Vermont, which each year draws visitors from around the world who delight in exploring its seven carefully cultivated acres; and collaborating on books that centered on their passions for plants and animals, and for the soil that nourishes them both. To Eat was, unfortunately, fated to be their last collaboration: They were at work on this book when Winterrowd passed away in 2010.
To Eat is a celebration of their life together, a tribute to the garden they both loved and to the man who spent his life reveling in the fruits—literal and metaphorical—of his labor. As Eck and Winterrowd move through the seasons, considering the edible plants and vegetables appropriate to each, what shines through above all is their connection to the land and to each other. This is a celebration of life and the life cycle, of eating seasonally, of cultivating a meal from the ground up. It’s about abundance and also scarcity; about living in harmony with the world and accepting its offerings.
About the authors: Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd are the coauthors of Our Life in Gardens, The Year at North Hill: Four Seasons in a Vermont Garden, and Living Seasonally: The Kitchen and the Table at North Hill. They are cofounders of the garden design firm North Hill. Eck lives in Vermont; Winterrowd died in 2010.