"Intrigued by heirlooms and want to learn more? .... If you can find a copy, The Heirloom Gardener by Carolyn Jabs (1984) is a good introductory reference."
C. R. Lawn, Fedco Seed Company
"Jabs writes in a very clear, vivid style, using interesting, personalized examples, but yet relating such a wealth of information as to betray a thorough knowledge of the subject. I have absolutely no reservations about recommending the book as a source of information for the interested backyard gardener, as a reference book for professionals, or as supplementary reading material for undergraduate courses in ethnobotany, economic botany, plant breeding, crop evolution, or even introductory botany."
Joseph E. Laferriere.
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona