How to Get Old Taunton Kitchen Gardener Magazine Articles
You may not be awash in excitement from the title of this post, but you should be.
This magazine, the best garden magazine I ever read, has long been out of print. I purchased my first copies at a Master Gardener Symposium exchange for $0.25 a piece. I could scarcely wait to go online to buy a subscription and was crushed to realize it was no longer available. I found where you could buy back issues on the Taunton website and snapped up every single one.
There are very few left, but you can still buy them here.
Kitchen Gardener was like a cross between Cook’s Illustrated and Mother Earth News. (I love Mother Earth but I don’t think of it strictly as a garden mag). It was simple, classy, useful, on-topic, beautiful, inspiring, and riveting. Absolutely no filler and the small classified ads were neatly designated to the back of the magazine.
The February/March 2000 issue that I mentioned in my How to (Easily) Grow Celery at Home post had a table of contents that included:
- Fresh Figs (Even in the North)
- Mache: Spring’s First Green
- An Early Start for your Spring Garden
- Testing the Limits of Pesto (using other herbs)
- Success with Celery
- Formality and Surprise in a Garden Design
- Woodchuck Woes
- Seed Starting in Speedling Trays
- Lemon Verbena
- The Healthy Garden: Weed Control Part 2
- Preserving the Harvest: Root Cellars
- Science of Gardening: Viruses
- Kitchen Garden Flowers: The Viola Family
- 15 recipes for the above items, letters from readers with how-to diagrams, tips, etc.
More than a year ago I exchanged emails with an editor at Taunton to find out if there were any plans to print old Kitchen Gardener articles in a book form. I let the company know that I thought a book set of old issues would be very popular (if you have ever seen the price these magazine sets go for on Ebay, you’d agree). I received a reply stating that they’d consider the request.
When I was checking to see if Taunton still offered back issues I discovered that they had followed through and reprinted some of the articles in a new format. It isn’t an annual or boxed set but it is a collection of old articles in large, softcover journals:
It looks like it may be an ongoing series.
Thanks Taunton, I hope you’ll still consider the annual box sets, too!
*Edit* Pesto recipes below in comments. Just blend.