Part gardening guide, part cookbook and wholly a biography of William's garden-centric upbringing, “From Seed to Skillet” provides an engaging and an informative read. The book boasts the subtitle “A Guide to Growing, Tending, Harvesting, and Cooking Up Fresh, Healthy Food to Share with People You Love” and it more than lives up to this moniker. This is one of my top recommendations for both gardeners and foodies.
Jimmy Williams is a story teller first and foremost. He weaves his own family history into this guide to organic growing, urban farming and cooking. Raised in the Gullah Community of South Carolina, a community consisting of the descendants of Caribbean slaves, Williams brings to life the people and place of his childhood with an overwhelming feeling of love.
William's doesn't assume the reader has any gardening knowledge and writes in an accessible manner for gardeners and cooks of all experience levels. The book provides a practical step-by-step guide through the entire process, from planting the first seed to cooking the harvested bounty. His love for plants and the gardening process is portrayed in every word and his enthusiasm is easy to catch.
“From Seed to Skillet” also includes beautiful garden and culinary photography. This a book to leave out on the coffee table and to leaf through on a cold winter's evening when you are seeking inspiration. By the end of my read, Williams felt like an old friend, wise yet friendly. His unique voice and love for his subject makes this book truly one of a kind.