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The Herb Society of America's Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking With Herbs Hardcover – September 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr (September 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807132551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807132555
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A long-time member of The Herb Society of America, Katherine K. Schlosser is the editor of Wild Flower, the journal of the North Carolina Native Plant Society. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with her husband.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Susan on September 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Just when I think I have all the books about herbs that I could ever want, along comes another must-have book to tempt me! I couldn't resist The Herb Society of America's Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking With Herbs. Edited by long-time herbalist Katherine K. Schlosser with contributions from many other noted herbalists, this is one of the best, most authoritative guides I've seen recently.

The book is divided into three sections. Part One contains horticultural information about each of the 63 culinary herbs grown in the National Herb Garden, a long-time project of the Herb Society of America (HSA). If you're new to herbs, you'll appreciate the reliable, easy-to-read information for each herb. It will help you decide which plants and/or varieties are hardy in your area, which will grow on your kitchen window sill, and what kind of culture the plant needs. But even if you're knowledgeable about the "useful plants," you're sure to discover something new and interesting in each of the entries. You'll learn, for example, why caraway is often called "German cumin," why dill and fennel seeds were once known as "meeting seeds," and how to turn a woman into an ideal housewife (for the answer, check out the mustard entry). There's also a section on herbal trees, such as cinnamon. (Okay--'fess up, now. Bet you didn't know that this favorite spice comes from the bark of a tree!)

If Part One of the book is informative, Part Two--the recipe section--is simply scrumptious. These recipes, all contributed by members of HSA, were selected for their originality and taste appeal. Each was tested, and the tester's notes included with the recipe.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sara N. Holland on March 14, 2008
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Here is a long overdue book combining BOTH growing information and delicious tested herb recipes. Detailed enough for both the novice herb gardener and the experienced one. The layout is easy to read and provides access for identifying recipes utilizing a specific herb.
In this way, gardeners can readily use the "excess" dill, fennel, basil, etc. from their kitchen herb gardens in a number of creative recipes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bernadette B. Burch on October 25, 2007
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This book is wonderful. I am enjoying the recipes and all the helpful hints. It is well written and a must for all herb growers, both novice and master gardeners.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Klein on April 10, 2013
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Magazines of all shapes, sizes, and topics have been raving about the benefits of using herbs for cooking. They add flavor and dimension to any and all recipes with zero calories, zero fat, zero sugar ... they are little miracle plants!

Most folks know about the usual herbs - parsley, basil, pepper, rosemary - from buying the dried versions at their grocery store. If you want to truly experience food at its finest (without a huge cost), grow your own herbs. Even apartment dwellers have enough space to cultivate anywhere from 3 to 10 herbs at a time. But what do you grow? and how? When do you use them? and in what?

Finally, there is a guide for all those questions - The Herb Society of America's Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herbs. The idea of having a one-stop-shop for information on growing, cooking, and baking with herbs caught my attention immediately. In addition to all that, The Herb Society of America's guide offers a unique glimpse at the history of herbal plants and trees, along with some of their past uses.

Most people think of herbs as something you just add in towards the end of a recipe - you know, an accent. Not so! No matter what you are cooking or baking, herbs are a vital element to bringing out the true flavors of all foods. By growing them in your own kitchen (or bedroom or living room), you not only get the ability to use fresh herbs, but you also foster that priceless connection between man and nature. A little dirt is good for you. :)

Of course, one of my favorite sections of the The Herb Society of America's Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herbs is the recipe section. It is much bigger than I expected and I could cook for months on end from this book alone.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By herb grower on December 16, 2008
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Although happy with the information on individual herbs and wonderful recipes, this is not a book I could recommend to a beginning herb gardener because NO color drawings or photographs of any of the herbs described.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Symak on July 10, 2008
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I expectated plenty of good evidence-based information on growing herbs from the Herb Society of America. What I got was 100 pages of general info on every herb out there and then 150 pages of unproven recipes. I have better herb information from most other sources. I would never have bought this book off the shelf. I felt like I was reading a church fundraising cookbook What a disappointment. I expected better from the Herb Society of America.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia A. Hostetler on November 11, 2008
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This is a very good book for people who are looking for a practical guide on the use and growing of herbs. It is not a flashy book but has information that I have not found elsewhere such as lists of herbs grown in the National Herb gardens. Although the recipes are not extensive, the ones included are interesting and unusual.
This is a wonderful book to add to a collection of herb books but could easily be the only book a person would need to get started with herbs.
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