VITT, Sandi

Rhubarb: More Than Just Pies (University of Alberta $14.95)

In Rhubarb: More Than Just Pies (University of Alberta $14.95) Sandi Vitt and Michael Hickman, gardeners at the Devonian Botanic Garden outside Edmonton, set out to prove rhubarb the most Canadian of plants. Humble, hard-working, and often neglected, rhubarb faithfully surfaces each spring to lend its ruby tartness to a host of homey, unassuming desserts. But the ubiquitous pies—and crumbles, crisps and cobblers—are not the only use for the staple that once brightened the diet of many a prairie pioneer. Vitt and Hickman provide recipes for soups, beverages and condiments, along with planting and growing tips and a short history on rhubarb’s un-Canadian-like role in the political intrigue of sixteenth century commerce. 0-88864-348-9

[Louise Donnelly / BCBW 2001]