Jeff Cox — Organic Food Guy


“I had my first organic garden in 1969,” writes Jeff Cox. “I’ve grown an organic garden just about every year since and have probably grown every type of crop imaginable… For the cook, local organic produce sets the standard of quality and flavor.”

  • Jeff Cox is the author of 17 books on food, wine, and gardening.
  • He’s hosted two television series–Your Organic Garden on PBS and Grow It! on HGTV.
  • He was the managing editor of Organic Gardening magazine through the decade of the 1970s.
  • He was the restaurant reviewer for the Santa Rosa (CA) Press Democrat from 1993 – 2016.
  • He’s written a column for the San Francisco Chronicle, and is Contributing editor of Men’s Health magazine and The Wine News.
  • He writes frequently for Horticulture magazine and Decanter, an English wine magazine.
  • He’s a member of the James Beard Foundation and the Association of Food Journalists.
  • He’s won many awards for his many endeavors.
  • Jeff has a degree in journalism from Lehigh University, has raised five kids, and lives with his wife Susanna in Kenwood, California.

Jeff’s websites are: and

Books Authored:

How to Live on Less and Love it More! 1973

The Spirit of Gardening: Reflections on the True Joys of Gardening 1986

Flowers for All Seasons: A Guide to Colorful Trees, Shrubs and Vines 1987

How to Grow Vegetables Organically 1990

Plant Marriages: What Plants Look Good Together 1993

Creating a Garden for the Senses 1993

Your Organic Garden 1994

Jeff Cox’s 100 Greatest Garden Ideas: Tip, Techniques, and Projects for a Bountiful Garden and a Beautiful Backyard 1998

From Vines to Wines: The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine 1999

Decorating Your Garden 1999

Landscaping With Nature: Using Nature’s Designs to Plan Your Yard 2002

Landscaping with Roses: Gardens Walkways Arbors Containers 2002

Perennial All-Stars: The 150 Best Perennials for Great-Looking, Trouble-Free Gardens 2002

Cellaring Wine: A Complete Guide to Selecting, Building, and Managing Your Wine Collection 2003

The Organic Cook’s Bible 2006

The Organic Food Shopper’s Guide 2008

The Big Summer Cookbook 2010