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VINE VOICEon May 10, 2006
Part of a series which also includes guides to Produce, Meat, Cocktails and Stains, this useful and attractive little book contains a wealth of information on herbs from Angelica to Wild Lime Leaf and spices from Ajwain to Wasabi.

Set up like a field guide - with color plates in the center, along with the guide to the icons - each entry includes Other Names, General Description, Season, Purchase and Avoid, Storage, and Recipe.

Anyone who glances at this will find a place for it on the kitchen shelf. The recipes alone are likely to win you over, from Creole Mustard Sauce (mustard seed), Carrot Currant Salad (rosemary) and Veal with Myrtle. For those who want to try Shrimp with Calamint, say, or Indian Naan with Negella Seeds, online sources are listed at the back of the book.

The entries themselves are packed with information from origins and history to special preparations and seasonal considerations. A truly terrific little book.

--Portsmouth Herald
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on July 16, 2006
My favorite feature of this guide is the flavor affinities list for each item. The affinities list helps with menu planning and gives you more options for the spice or herb's use. The fact that this book has actual recipes rather than serving suggestions is a bonus. I have a couple of other herb/spice guides, but am most taken with this one.
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on January 22, 2011
Whether you are a new or experienced cook - this is a great companion on food shopping trips.

Of course, you shop to a recipe that you're planning to serve - right?

Once you've decided WHAT you're going to serve, this handy guide helps you recognize the Herbs and Spices you need for your recipe.
It just doesn't get any easier.
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on April 7, 2011
Book is really what it's title says - Field guide.
It have a lot of useful info about seasonings.

You definitely would found something you didn't know in this book.

It's size is small enough to take with you when you go to market.
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on February 1, 2012
This kitchen "Field Guide" is fun to use in educating about most primarily available herbs and spices and many others that may be harder to find or forage for.
There are fun facts about the various historical uses of it's subjects and the full color photos are wonderful.
It's not really a field guide per se...not for finding and identifying plants in the wild, but it is great for navigating the subtle variations in herb/spice varieties and their specific culinary uses.
The book is well organized, small enough to cart around with you through the market or garden, and seems to be well researched.

Happy cooking!
M.
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on December 28, 2008
A recently widowed friend remarked she knew nothing about seasoning because only a few bland recipes had been acceptable for so many years. This book was the perfect gift, an introduction to informally testing out new flavors. By making groaning shelves at the market appear inviting rather than intimidating, the bright photos and common sense advice remove the mystery, making it fun to "play" in the kitchen.
This is the perfect companion to Ms. Green's "Field Guide to Produce."
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on September 11, 2010
I agree that the flavor affinities featured in this book make it an outstanding resource. This book is essential for anyone who grows or uses fresh herbs. One difference between this book and the field guide to produce is that each herb and spice entry features a recipe. This book makes a great gift to anyone who enjoys cooking fresh, flavorful food.
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on August 30, 2009
This book on herbs is very well written and complete. It makes good reading as it is entertaining as well as informative. I highly recommend this book, even if you have others on the same subject.............DFW
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on December 22, 2008
I got this book for my husband and he absolutely loves it. He has gotten back into cooking and wanted to know about different herbs and spices. He takes it everywhere with him.
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on September 29, 2011
book in excellent condition! book offers a section of color photographs with excellent detail, also offers recipes for the diff. herbs and spices. also lets you know what to avoid in buying certain herbs. a very informative book. larger than a pocket book yet smaller than a reg. book. measures just under 5"wide X just under 6" long.
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