This image is the cover for the book Homegrown


The creator of the Illustrated Bites blog whips up “a gorgeous delight of a book. Equal parts gardening tips, tasty recipes, and knock-out illustrations” (Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City).

Homegrown is the ultimate guide to growing your own food and eating it, too! With clear and uncomplicated illustrations, author Heather Hardison guides readers through the process of planting, growing, harvesting, and preparing more than 25 of the tastiest, easy-to-grow vegetables and small fruits—such as spinach, kale, artichokes, and pears—and cooking them into seasonal, clean, and delicious offerings—including Fava Bean Crostini, Tomato and Watermelon Gazpacho, and Parsnip Hummus. Using Homegrown’s tips for stocking your own unprocessed pantry, growing your own herbs, and pickling and canning the last of your bounty, anyone can learn to eat from the ground up. Part cookbook, part gardening guide, Homegrown is the perfect excuse to start a small container garden, cook a few seasonal dishes, and see where it takes you!

Homegrown is such a gorgeous, comprehensive, and completely charming book. Heather’s illustrations and lettering are as delicious as her recipes—even the novice gardener or chef (like me) will be inspired to plant, grow, cook and eat.” —Wendy MacNaughton, illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

“Heather Hardison’s Homegrown beautifully highlights the important relationship between garden and kitchen. The illustrations warmly convey each season’s offerings and all of their potential . . . To cook the things that we grow is a beautiful privilege that everyone should have the opportunity to experience, and this book opens the door to that opportunity.” —Ashley Christensen, chef/owner, Poole’s Diner

Heather Hardison

Heather Hardison is an illustrator and sign painter for New Bohemia Signs in San Francisco and the creator of Illustrated Bites, a blog in which she shares culinary knowledge through illustrated and hand-lettered info-graphics. She lives in Oakland, California.