MANCHESTER - Joe Eck will be at the Northshire Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. presenting "To Eat;" informative, funny, and, above all, tenderly moving, "To Eat" is a fitting capstone to a profound partnership and a memorable book about the path food travels from garden to table.

For years, Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd lived and worked together, tending to North Hill, their spectacular garden in southern Vermont, which each year draws visitors from around the world who delight in exploring its seven carefully cultivated acres; and collaborating on books that centered on their passions for plants and animals, and for the soil that nourishes them both.

"To Eat" was, unfortunately, fated to be their last collaboration: They were at work on this book when Winterrowd passed away in 2010.

"To Eat" is a celebration of their life together, a tribute to the garden they both loved and to the man who spent his life reveling in the fruits, literal and metaphorical, of his labor.

As Eck and Winterrowd move through the seasons, considering the edible plants and vegetables appropriate to each, what shines through above all is their connection to the land and to each other. This is a celebration of life and the life cycle, of eating seasonally, of cultivating a meal from the ground up. It's about abundance and also scarcity; about living in harmony with the world and accepting its offerings.

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com