I think for me the gardening books I like the most are more about the garden as a whole living organism - gardens mixed and intermingled with edibles growing seemingly wild and dense yet somehow also looking neat, organized and healthy. I also like finding those books which have information such as grids and calendars for seed starting, calculating how much space and how many plants you need, and how to save seeds. These are the books that don't often have photos, but they help me wrap my head around the planning. I most often read garden books for inspiration during these last few months of winter and don't often go back to read anything during the actual growing season, soI relish turning their glossy pages and seeing beautiful photos.
Here are just a few in my pile right now (I have to pick only a few - really - it is hard to stop myself from listing dozens!!!!) - ask me next week and my list will change, but I am enjoying these:
Mini farming for self sufficiency by Markham, Brett L.
The organic gardeners handbook by Tozer, Frank.
Grow organic Dorling Kindersley
The great vegetable plot : delicious varieties to grow and eat by Raven, Sarah.
New kitchen garden : organic gardening with herbs, vegetables, and fruit by Caplin, Adam.
McGee & Stuckey's the bountiful container : a container garden of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and edible flowers by McGee, Rose Marie Nichols.
And my current favorite, which is much more than just a gardening book:
Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World by Wendy Johnson
Of course if you ask 20 people to recommend a nice gardening book, you will get 20 answers. What is your favorite gardening book right now?
I have many more gardening books in my reading list (shows only a few at a time, but there are a lot in there!).