If you love garlic – and even if you don’t – there’s lots to like about Liz Premeau’s new book, “In Pursuit of Garlic: An Intimate Look at the Divinely Odorous Bulb” (Greystone Books, $16.95).

It’s not really a cookbook, but does include recipes. If you never thought garlic could be used in a dessert, check out the recipe for Roasted Garlic, Blueberry and Pear Cobbler with Garlic-Pecan Brickle Cream on page 170. It was made by a Georgia woman for the Gilroy Garlic Festival’s Great Garlic Cook-Off in California.

Premeau writes about everything from how to plant and grow garlic to how to cook with it. She lets us in on her search for rose-colored garlic (which she finally discovers in France) and offers useful tips such as the fact that you should never feed your pets garlic because it can destroy their red blood cells.

The book includes a list of garlic festivals, suggestions on what kind of garlic to plant in your garden with a description of how each variety tastes, and – of course – tips for getting rid of garlic breath.