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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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About the Author
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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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.Read more ›
In this way, gardeners can readily use the "excess" dill, fennel, basil, etc. from their kitchen herb gardens in a number of creative recipes.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Filled with new and interesting information about herbs that I did not know. Tried a couple of the included recipes and definitely will be trying more of them!Published 20 months ago by emariemg79
I received this book as a gift since I have recently begun growing my own herbs. The basic info about the herbs is interesting and helpful but the recipes are fantastic. Read morePublished on July 4, 2009 by KarenW
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... Read morePublished on December 16, 2008 by herb grower
The book is a great source of information about incorporating fresh herbs into your every day cooking. Read morePublished on July 31, 2008 by J. Andersen
Outstanding and delightful! This book offers readers tried and true recipes with herbs but also provides informative herb gardening information. Read morePublished on May 14, 2008 by A. Win