ISSUE 88  |  Take My Zucchini Please

Gardenista Giveaway: 66 Square Feet, A Delicious Life

September 03, 2013 1:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

“One woman, one terrace, 92 recipes” is how Brooklyn gardener Marie Viljoen describes her brand-new cookbook.

Her tiny 66-square-foot edible garden, planted in containers on her fourth floor terrace, yields enough food for a year’s worth of seasonal recipes. We’ll be giving away a copy of her  cookbook to a reader. Read on for the rules:

Viljoen’s 66 Square Feet: A Delicious Life tells the year-long story of how an urban garden grows, produces food, and changes each month. Illustrated by Viljoen’s lush photographs. the book offers seasonal recipes the author has developed to take advantage of her own harvest.

Raised in South Africa and transplanted to Brooklyn, Viljoen is a keen observer of New York City–its gardens, its seasons, its secret forager’s spots–and each chapter of her book includes recipes for a seasonal menu inspired by her surroundings.

We’ll be giving away a hardcover copy of 66 Square Feet: A Delicious Life to a randomly selected reader. Here’s how to enter:

  • Subscribe to our Gardenista Newsletter and leave a comment below telling us about your own favorite garden-to-table recipe. (If you are already a Gardenista Newsletter subscriber, mention that when you leave a comment below.)
  • The winner will be randomly selected on September 9, 2013–be sure to check back to see if you’ve run. (We’ll announce the winner next week.)

Photographs via 66 Square Feet.

Above: Viljoen’s 66 Square Feet: A Delicious Life is $17.97 from Amazon.

Above: April on Viljoen’s terrace. “I snip and strew the first chives of the year over a celebratory boiled egg,” writes Viljoen. Her other April recipes include Fava Bean Leaf and Pea Shoot Salad, Lamb Roasted with Ramps and Anchovies, and Apple and Rhine Riesling Soup.

Above: September on the terrace. “Chives are over a foot long and I cut handfuls of them to turn into evergreen oil to live in the fridge through the barren, chiveless months,” Viljoen writes.

Above: Edible nasturtium, herbs, pea shoots, and pole tomatoes all can be grown in containers in a sunny spot.

For more of Viljoen’s urban gardening tips, see 10 Secrets for Growing an Urban Balcony Garden.