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Alum’s Kitchen Garden Published

William Smith alumna Ellen Ecker Ogden’s newest book, “The Complete Kitchen Garden,” was published this month by Stewart, Tabori and Chang, and is now available. An inspiring collection of recipes and garden designs for the home gardener and cook, “The Complete Kitchen Garden” offers the reader classic European style garden arrangements paired with creative recipes. Based on the seasonal cycles, each chapter provides a new way for the reader to better their garden with themes and designs such as “the salad lover’s garden” and “the organic rotation garden.”  Ogden takes the reader step by step to plan and plant both a gorgeous and productive garden. 

“The Complete Kitchen Garden” features more than 100 recipes and 15 garden themes, revealing the best methods to grow and use vegetables, flowers and herbs in innovative ways.  Ogden provides in her book creative ideas and organic techniques for a well-rounded garden, turning the garden into a work of art. 

Graduating from William Smith in 1976 with a B.A. in art, Ecker Ogden has become a nationally acknowledged kitchen garden expert and cookbook author. She co-founded “The Cook’s Garden” catalog, America’s prime source for seeds and plants, in 1984 introducing home gardeners to European and American heirloom lettuces and other salad greens. The catalog has grown to include a vast range of culinary specialties for the home gardener and Ogden herself has developed seasonal recipes for the catalog. 

Since the publication of her first book in 2003, “From the Cook’s Garden,” she has gone on to write five more books on cooking and gardening including “The Complete Kitchen Garden” published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang. Ogden also teaches and lectures on food and garden topics.  She is a featured speaker at national flower shows and garden events across the U.S. and has been a guest on multiple gardening shows including PBS’ “Victory Garden” and on HGTV.  Her kitchen gardens and hundreds of food and garden articles have been featured in numerous national publications such as The New York Times, Boston Sunday Globe, Eating Well Magazine, Vermont Life, Vermont Magazine, Vermont Sunday Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Organic Gardening, Martha Stewart Living, and Horticulture.  Ogden now lives in Manchester Village, Vt., and has her own website,