The Complete Herb BookBook - 2008
Describes the history, characteristics, and uses of the most poplar herbs, offers advice on growing herbs, and shares information on herbal remedies, recipes, and other uses.
Firefly Books Ltd
A comprehensive A-Z guide to herbs, providing practical information on growing requirements, use, mythical properties and historical background. The new edition is revised and includes 400 new photographs and 40 additional herbs.
"This is a must-have book for everyone who loves gardening and cooking. I'm Jekka 's biggest fan."
-Jamie Oliver (on the previous edition)
The Complete Herb Book is a comprehensive A-Z guide to the fascinating world of herbs, providing practical information on each herb's organic growing requirements, use, mythical properties and historical background. This new edition is updated and revised to include complete entries for 40 additional herbs.
The A-Z directory features a full double-page spread for each herb, with details that include:
- Natural habitat
- Species and related plants
- Soil properties
- Watering requirements
- Weather protection
- Container growing
- Strategies to eliminate pests
- Best harvesting times
- Culinary, medicinal, cosmetic and other uses
The how-to section features step-by-step instructions and best practices for herb gardening. Included are sample plans; month-by-month checklists; drying, freezing and storing guides; tips for making oils, vinegars and preserves; and information on propagation.
The Complete Herb Book is the ideal handbook for growing herbs and provides hours of browsing pleasure for gardeners, cooks and natural-healing practitioners.
McVicar has won many gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society, and her farms boasts the largest collection of culinary and medicinal herbs in Britain. Her accounts of the classic herbs include folklore, varieties, cultivation, medicinal and culinary uses, and high quality color photographs. She seems to be most interested in the visual aspects of the garden, so readers with other orientations will need additional sources of information. Originally published in 1994 as Jekka's Complete Herb Book by Kyle Cathie Limited in London. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)