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Fionna Hill is a journalist specializing in lifestyle and garden topics, floral design, crafts, and travel. Her website is www.fionnahill.com.
[Review of previous edition: ] Microgreens are superfoods you can grow at home. Hill explains all in this beautifully illustrated how-to... Hill, a lively advocate for these pretty little superfoods, covers every aspect of microgreen cultivation, preparation, and consumption, offering thorough instructions, helpful tips, and precise trouble-shooting... This comprehensive microgreen handbook will be a revelation for everyone who enjoys cooking with fresh ingredients, indoor gardening, and eating locally, sustainably, and healthily.--Donna Seaman"Booklist" (11/01/2010) [Review of previous edition: ] Microgreens, a highly delicious gourmet treat, are the tiny seedlings of herbs and vegetables that pack a wallop of nutrition in a tiny, tasty form. Larger in size than sprouts, microgreens are the next stage of plant growth with at least two "true" leaves. Grown at home, microgreens are superbly fresh when harvested. New Zealand floral designer Fionna Hill speaks enthusiastically about the potential of raising these in a limited garden space, such as in a container on a windowsill. Saying that microgreens offer the opportunity for a variety of colors, flavors, and textures in table food, she points out that these are fun activities for teaching children how to garden. Along with instructions on how to grow microgreens in the garden or containers, she provides a list of seed resources, including those in the U.S., and offers a variety of recipes for these tiny seedlings.--Marilyn K. Alaimo"Chicago Botanic Garden" (01/13/2011) [Review of previous edition: ] It's a wonder that this is one of the first books about microgreens, the tiny seedlings of herbs and veggies, since they have been on cooks' radar for over five years.--Dean Tudor"Food and Drink Books in Review, Gothic Epicures" (10/01/2010) [Review of previous edition: ] (starred review) The book is informative and accessible, delivering in a buoyant voice all you need to know about the ultimate in local eating -- making a meal of houseplants. It is nicely illustrated as well, with tantalizing photographs of microgreens at every stage, from seed to planting to plate. And there are more than a dozen recipes included... Resources, a glossary, and an index round out the volume. Highly recommended for gardeners, foodies, and health enthusiasts.--Donna L. Davey"Library Journal" (12/10/2010) [Review of previous edition: ] This is the best idea for apartment dwellers, renters and urbanites since the invention of the alfalfa sprout.--Maureen Gilmer"Lompoc Record" (04/05/2011) [Review of previous edition: ] It's rare that such a great food-gardening idea comes along for urbanites.--Maureen Gilmer"Scripps Howard News Service" (04/01/2011) [Review of previous edition: ] Fresh food fanatics will delight in this easy-to-use guide to growing micro greens -- the first leaves of herbs and veggies. These superfoods full of vitamins and nutrients add color, texture and a range of flavors to any meal. Ready to eat within a week, microgreens will give new meaning to your home garden when you learn how to plant, harvest and store 20 varieties -- everything from arugula and kale to broccoli and basil.--Lisa Fabian and Emily Bragoner"Taste for Life" (04/01/2011) [Review of previous edition: ] Well-produced, richly illustrated.--William Scheick, University of Texas at Austin"Texas Gardener's Seeds" (10/06/2010) [Review of previous edition: ] Offers instructions for beginners who want to go "micro" in the comfort of their own homes.--Nara Schoenberg"Villages Daily Sun (Orlando)" (01/22/2011) [Review of previous edition: ] The ease and speed of gardening and the superior nutrition of the crops will persuade you to give microgardening a try, and the gorgeous photographs will make the learning process a pleasure.--Edna Troiano"Washington Gardener" (06/01/2011) This revised and updated second edition of Microgreens reflects the increasing interest in this grow-anywhere, inexpensive, easy way of having fresh green vegetables on hand year round... Microgreens are grown in a planting mix or substrate and harvested at around five cm, once the true leaves (characteristic of the plant) appear. They are removed by cutting just above the soil line. The book gives step by step directions on growing microgreens, plus a detailed directory to 28 individual plants, from Amaranth to Wheatgrass, suitable for producing nutritious leafy greens. Producing microgreens is easy, fun and an ideal child's project because results come speedily and assembling odd, at-hand containers can turn into an arts and crafts project as well. The book ends up in the kitchen, with a series of beautifully photographed recipes that include rice-paper rolls with microgreens, ginger, assorted vegetables in strips, and edible flower petals, and a creamed salmon dish with spinach, microgreens and pasta.--Helen Chesnut"Times Colonist" (04/23/2016) A good reference guide to growing microgreens.--Susan Mulvihill"The Spokesman-Review" (09/17/2017)