Spade, Skirret and Parsnip by Bill Laws
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Spade, Skirret and Parsnip
By Bill Laws

Spade, Skirret and Parsnip

The Curious History of Vegetables New edition

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Spade, Skirret and Parsnip by Bill Laws

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The 'couch potato' is an idler, the 'cabbage-head' a dunce, Swede-bashers are stupid and you may as well give up life if you become a vegetable. A vegetable existence may imply dull monotony, but the human vegetable has sparked protests, threatened to topple a British government and almost triggered a revolution. From the Scottish Presbyterian campaign against the 'sinful potato' to the class act that turned the carrot into a propaganda tool, from garlic inscriptions on Egyptian pyramids to Neolithic broad beans and medieval cabbage, and from the Dig for Victory campaign to their use in perfumes, Spade, Skirret and Parnsip shows vegetables in a fascinating new light.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750932592
ISBN-10: 0750932597
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Bill Laws

BIll Laws has written seven books on garden history; his last title, 'Artist's Gardens' (Ward Lock 1999) has sold 20,000 copies in the UK. He writes for The Telegraph, Sainsbury's Magazines, Period House and Its Garden. Formerly a professional gardener, he manages an organic garden on the Welsh borders.

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