Garlic is the Lord Byron of produce, a lusty rogue that charms and seduces you but runs off before dawn, leaving a bad taste in your mouth. Called everything from rustic cure-all to Russian penicillin, Bronx vanilla and Italian perfume, garlic has been loved, worshipped, and despised throughout history. No writer has quite captured the epic, roving story of garlic—until now.

While this book does not claim that garlic saved civilization (though it might cure whatever ails you), it does take us on a grand tour of its fascinating role in history, medicine, literature, and art; its controversial role in bigotry, mythology, and superstition; and its indispensable contribution to the great cuisines of the world. And just to make sure your appetite isn’t slighted, GARLIC offers over 100 recipes featuring the beloved ingredient.

Praise for GARLIC:

“Garlic lovers unite, and delight in Robin Cherry’s splendid and comprehensive edible biography of garlic. This masterful work integrates the history, legends, lore, and even vampire tales, along with an inp- sired selection of recipes from condiments to desserts. A must have book for a cook’s library.”
–Diane Morgan, author of Roots: The Definitive Compendium


CATALOG: THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF MAIL-ORDER SHOPPING is a fascinating and humorous look at American consumer history and society through the unique lens of mail order catalogs. Beginning with Aaron Montgomery Ward’s first catalog in 1872, mail order has survived and thrived through two World Wars, the Great Depression, the Cold War, the Space Race, and the dot-com boom and bust. CATALOG provides a visual medium to view the trends that have shaped our nation with photos of truly awful fashion, space age appliances, state-of-the-art inventions, and exorbitantly priced gifts such as the Swarovski crystal-encrusted Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head dolls. These images grant a singular glimpse of American history overlooked in popular non-fiction titles.

Praise for CATALOG:

"In this fascinating and fully illustrated study, veteran direct marketer Cherry guides readers through the evolution of the catalog...this volume should set adult readers to page-flipping just like a kid with the new Toys R Us Christmas circular."
Publishers Weekly, Web Pick of the Week

"A riveting look at the world of shopping before Amazon and eBay." –ReadyMade