From the Inside Flap
"Garlic is as good as ten mothers
- Ancient Telugu proverb from India
It has been used for everything from currency to a remedy for hiccups. In its hundreds of varieties it has been an essential part of world culture for 10,000 years.
Ancient humans, huddled around their campfires in caves, bundled in bearskins, knew of its properties. Today, chefs in kitchens gleaming with stainless steel appliances wouldn't be caught without it. In shops from Verona to Mexico City to Beijing, it dangles in long white and purple braids.
It's Latin name is allium sativum. You know it as common garlic. And this book is a celebration of it, a reflection on our extraordinary love affair with this, the humblest of vegetables.
From the Back Cover
A flavorful tribute to the STINKING ROSE!
The ancient Greeks used it to repel scorpions. In India, some thought it was an aphrodisiac. in colonial New England it was used to relieve rheumatism and whooping cough.
And, of course, let's not forget its powers against vampires.
This delightful, easy to read garlic handbook includes hundreds of amazing and amusing garlic facts!