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Albert's mystery series featuring China Bayles sets the stage for this celebration of the role of herbs in everyday life. Fans of China Bayles will revel in the way this diary fleshes out their heroine and offers in detail explicit connections between the novels' characters and the real leaves, flowers, and seeds that constitute Albert's well-imagined fictional botanic environment. Albert engagingly shows off her astounding knowledge of herbal lore that extends from the Middle Ages to the present. For example, she explains how beer used to be flavored with rosemary or anise until the introduction of hops in the seventeenth century. She gives instructions for creating a tussie-mussie, an herbal nosegay for fending off unpleasant odors. Further recipes for similar bouquets and for comestibles pepper the text as well. Each day's entry also includes one or more book titles for further exploration of the entry's subject. Mark Knoblauch
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About the Author

Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she is the author of the China Bayles Mysteries, the Darling Dahlias Mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. Some of her recent titles include Widow’s Tears, Cat’s Claw, The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose, and The Tale of Castle Cottage. She and her husband, Bill, coauthor a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige, which includes such titles as Death at Glamis Castle and Death at Whitechapel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 5th Printing edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042520653X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425206539
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Beverly K. Credle on March 8, 2007
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This book is sheer delight for all China Bayles' fans. I highly recommend it for anyone who shares my passion and hobby of herbs. Each day is filled with magic, useful information, gardening tips, recipes and so much more. I look forward to reading it each day. This is a super gift for friends who share a love for herbs. You will look upon each day of life as a gift and blessing. Thank you. BKC
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I bought this book before Christmas, for me, and wasn't at all disappointed in it. I have always loved the idea of a book one can turn to as the days pass. This one has fascinating facts about herbs and lovely illustrations to boot. I enjoy looking through it as I relax and find the information engrossing.
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So many reviews of this book focus on its tie to Albert's fictional sleuth and herb shop owner, China Bayles, and forget to mention the wealth of information with which Susan saturates each entry. If you've ever wanted to acquire more than a cook's basic knowledge of the herbs we use to season and spice our foods, this book is the perfect resource. From the zodiac associations of herbs to their scientific uses, proven remedies to questionable uses prominent in old wives' tales, recipes from all over the globe and short blurbs about interesting places to visit and see these herbs in their natural habitats: the abundance of information packed into each daily reading is tantalizing, just like the herbs they describe. A wonderful companion book to the China Bayles' series, but so very much more as well! Highly recommended for all herb-lovers, gardeners and cooks.
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Although I have not read the mystery (fiction) series by the same author, I really enjoyed this book when I took it out from our local library and so wanted a copy for my self. I have had herbal interests for years and find that the presentation of herbal crafts, facts and recipes is easy to assimilate and fun to read. The format is good and I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in herbs or who has read the mystery series.
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Susan Wittig Albert has risen to the top of my all time favorite authors. Her knowledge of herbs and her method of twisting a full blown mystery around them, is amazing. I've wanted this book for a long time and I am savoring it.
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A nice compendium of Susan Witting Albert's China Bayles books. Some recipes and some herb facts, all interesting. Great book to keep in the car or by the bed to open and enjoy -- when I am early for an appointment or can't sleep. Please note: it doesn't put me to sleep but it's a lot quieter than getting up and making tea,.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this "Book of Days" and ended up buying several copies for family and friends.
The knowledge displayed here, all the different stories of how things were done in other times (as well as the stories/vignettes of currant days, the recipes and "advice", along with the general feel of the author's love for her material is well presented and you can feel it as you go through this book.
I highly recommend this one!
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Written in an easy to read daily format. You can skip around at will. Fascinating detail of herbs with their lore and uses. She writes anecdotes, recipes and a cornicopia of information to keep you grabbing it at every free moment. And she gives "Read more about it" references. Truly as enjoyable as it is educational.
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