The first time I became aware of the term Victory Garden, I had just graduated from college and was working for a company that produced television cartoons. That week I was assigned the scenes in the cartoon “Punky Brewster”. One of the shows where the kids in the show become miniature and are wandering around in a garden. It had been over 5 years since I had done any gardening and I need to refresh my knowledge of what garden plants looked like.
As a result, at lunch time I went wandering through some books stores not far from the studio and ran across the book “Crockett’s Victory Garden”. This book was a spinoff of the PBS TV series which I started watching, after buying the book. At the time, I didn’t have a clue to what a Victory Garden was.
A Victory garden was also called a war garden. During war time (World War I & II) food was in short supply because of the war. Victory gardens were tended to in order to supplement rationings during the war. It helped ease the pressure on the public food supply and were used as a means to booster morale. Hence the name, Victory Garden. You planted the garden to ensure victory for self and country.
The Gardening Bug…
This book created a thirst in me for gardening. I had gardened as a youngster but never enjoyed the chore, all the bugs and stuff gave me the creeps back then. It made my skin crawl and I hated the feel of a bug crawling up my arm or pant leg.
When I bought this nifty garden book ( Crockett’s Victory Garden) and was using it as an art reference, I became curious of the new way of gardening compared to how my family gardened. After getting married we bought a parcel of land of about 2 ½ acres and I started my life as a gardening fanatic. My husband didn’t enjoy my craze at all. He said it was so much easier to just go to the store and buy food. Having grown up on a farm and had his fill of it. But for some reason, I found it therapeutic. Maybe it was just getting out in the sunshine gathering up the vitamin D or what, but I soon started loving everything gardening.
Now, here I was gardening and trying out new vegetables from the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog, Park Seed, and Burpee and I wanted to find out new ways to cook these interesting vegetables. I loved trying out new things. So when I came across this cookbook it was a no brainer.
Marian Morash, Food Host in the Victory Garden
At one time, Marian Morash hosted the food segment of the Victory Garden show. At the end of my blog I put the links to some of the shows, at the time frame I started watching them. The first video shows highlights of Marian Morash cooking with blue berries starting about 25:12 /27:55 into the show.
As a gardening magazine fanatic, one day I saw and advertisement for Marian Morash’s “The Victory Garden Cookbook” and it jumped out at me and said, “Buy me, buy me…” So I did. I haven’t regretted the purchase ever. In fact my recent move from Texas found the book in deplorable shape after having sat in storage on the 2 acre lot we were intending to build on. Things don’t store well in humid Texas. So one day, after being asked If I knew of a good cookbook that would help get more vegetables into your diet, I looked it up to see if I could buy a new copy. I found it on Amazon, where you can look inside and find a good sampling of the book.
A Well Worn Book
Loved this cookbook. It was a daily read. Not only did it include recipes for your vegetables it gave tips on cooking with a wide variety of vegetables. The book is grouped in sections which include some of the following: Asparagus, Beans, Beets, and on through the alphabet to Turnips & Rutabagas. There are wonderful photos and mounds of delicious recipes in this 373 page book.
When I purchased my new but used copy the used copy was in much better shape than my old copy. I was delighted about that. My old copy was beginning to wear thin and become worn around the edges and pages. The book is a wealth of information for anyone looking for a good healthy cookbook with loads of nutritious recipes that will delight your taste buds. I highly recommend the book.
For a little extra history I added the original Victory Garden show.