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As you have probably guessed by now, I am not a normal reader. I like reading a variety of things. I have had a hankering for gardening for the past couple of months, but that is not wise at the moment. (Moving plants the amount I need to over the next year is not a wise thing.) I had the opportunity to read How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (but True) Stories of Common Vegetables by Rebecca Rupp. (The title is kind of self-explanatory.)

By about the third chapter, I looked forward to seeing how Pliny the Elder (except New World vegetables) and Thomas Jefferson were going to be involved in the chapters. (Think once an episode.) Pliny the Elder is probably best known for his encyclopedia. Thomas Jefferson had an extensive garden at Monticello. (He was a big fan of lettuce in particular.)

I know only a little about the history of the food I eat. (Potatoes changed the world and so did MacDonalds but that’s about it I can say.)

My only problem was when the author would suddenly use “I”, either for her personal life or for the United States. It did not fit the tone of the rest of the book.

If you like gardening, history, science, or trivia, I would recommend this book to you.

Until Our Next Meeting,

The Lost Writer of Rohan

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