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Article Published: Apr. 1, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
MT Book Review

"Eat Your Yard! Edible Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Herbs and Flowers for Your Landscape" by Nan Chase

Local books are bursting forth like leaves in the spring, with a former local writer returning with a new gardening book.

Nan K. Chase, who now lives in Asheville, has released "Eat Your Yard! Edible Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Herbs and Flowers for Your Landscape," a landscaper's guide to reaping tangible benefits from your hard work and yard work.

The book has information on 35 plants that offer the best of both landscape and culinary uses. Edible plants provide spring blossoms, colorful fruit and flowers, lush greenery, fall foliage, and beautiful structure, but they also offer fruits, nuts, and seeds that you can eat, cook, and preserve. "Eat Your Yard!" includes ideas for creating the landscape as well as an overview and tips on canning, pickling, dehydrating, freezing, juicing, and fermenting.

Chase, a long-time Boone resident, shares her first-hand experience with gardening, landscaping and cooking, as well as harvesting and storing tips. In addition to recipes, Chase also covers not just the common fruit trees, but the rarer ones like pawpaw, chestnut and persimmon.

Chase is the co-author of "Bark House Style" and author of "Asheville: A History."
She has published articles in numerous magazines and is a contributing writer for WNC Magazine.
She will be signing and discussing the book on Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at Black Bear Books in Boone.

"The Power of God Thinking" by Keith C. Powell

Keith C. Powell of Boone has published "The Power of God Thinking," which explores how God and man can interact when they are co-creating together. This book not only deals with how to apprehend the presence of God, but how to maintain it, as well.

This book provides principles like "unlearning," or the process of seeking out what is erroneous and replacing it with sound truths that change individual destiny; "Going behind the veil" and discovering that "behind the veil" is not just a place to visit, but a very real, everyday place to reside; "Where are we in time?" and understanding where we have been and where we are going as a people and how we fit into God's timeline.

Powell is an ordained pastor and founder of Crown of Life Ministries, an online ministry since 2001. He is an author, teacher, pastor, public speaker and father of three. In 2002, he won the prestigious Joshua Award for a lifetime achievement in Christian service. He was also the National Businessman of the Year in 2004 and chosen as a councilman for the President's Business Advisory Council under President George W. Bush.

"Tell Me About Orchard Hollow" by Lin Strepp

Lin Stepp is releasing the second book in her Smoky Mountain Novel series, which includes upbeat romantic stories that travel to different sections of the Smokies.

"Tell Me About Orchard Hollow" is set in Townsend, Tenn., where New Yorker Jenna Howell is staying in a friend's cabin. While seeking peace and relaxation, instead she meets intriguing new friends, including Boyce Hart, and an unexpected attraction develops.

Country-music star Dolly Parton says of the book, "Well, I've finally come across someone that believes in all the things I do... love, family, faith, intrigue, mystery, loyalty, romance and a great love for our beloved Smoky Mountains."

Stepp is a business owner and educator, teaching psychology at Tusculum College. For more information, visit

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