How Carrots Won the Trojan War

Rebecca Rupp takes readers on a high-spirited romp through the vegetable garden with 23 amusing and surprising tales of veggie lore and veggies of yore. Did you know, for instance, that celery has been used at various times in history as a fashion statement, a laxative, and an aphrodisiac (by Casanova, no less)? Or about the thwarted poisoned pea plot against George Washington? Definitely not your garden-variety food history.

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…