Ontario Garlic: The Story from Farm to Festival

Ontario Garlic: The Story from Farm to Festival

by Peter McClusky


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The taste of Ontario garlic is as rich and varied as its history. Used mainly for medicinal purposes in the nineteenth century, people turned up their noses at the aromatic bulb as it became associated with new immigrants. The once acceptable ingredient became undesirable in church and school--kids who smelled of garlic were sent home. Pioneering chefs, farmers and a wave of cultural diversity have brought the zesty allium into the mainstream, making it a gourmand's go-to spice, celebrated at nine festivals across the province. Toronto Garlic Festival founder Peter McClusky serves up garlic's long journey from central Asia to its now-revered place in the hearts and dishes of Ontarians. Growing tips and forty recipes bring Ontario garlic from farm to festival to feast.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626199200
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 06/29/2015
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

After working for several years in New York in marketing-related ventures, Peter McClusky moved back to his hometown, Toronto. His work and volunteerism in small-scale agriculture includes interning on an organic farm; fundraising for, starting and managing farmers' markets (Aberfoyle, Regent Park); developing a corporate-sponsored farmers' market buck; and starting the Toronto Garlic Festival. Every year, he grows several thousand garlic plants, including many different strains. Peter holds a degree in philosophy from the University of Toronto. His blog is at www. peteronthefarm.blogspot.com.

Table of Contents

Preface. The Accidental Farmer 7

Acknowledgements 15

Introduction. Garlic Comes Knocking 19

1 Garlic Is in a Class of Its Own 23

2 The First Taste 30

3 The New World 35

4 Garlic: Oui or No? 40

5 Garlic Rising 49

6 Home Invasion 57

7 Team Garlic 64

8 The Chemistry of Garlic 70

9 Lore versus Science 72

10 How to Grow Garlic 89

11 In the Kitchen with Garlic 89

12 Good Garlic Grows in Ontario 97

Recipes 103

Appendix: Useful Infromation 141

Notes 143

Bibliography 149

Index 155

About the Author 159

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