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Herb Book: How to Grow and Cook with Herbs Successfully (Good Housekeeping) [Hardcover]

Jane Eastoe
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4 Mar 2002 Good Housekeeping

How to grow and cook with herbs successfully

The use of herbs for medicine and cooking has a long and exceptionally vigorous tradition dating back over 60,000 years. This book is a celebration of herbs – the inspiration for so many forms of enjoyment – whether it be cooking, gardening, medicinal cures, folklore or history.

Following a brief introduction to the history of the use of herbs throughout history, a gardening section examines all the options available to the novice or experienced gardener – whether you want to grow plants in a traditional knot garden, a small patch at the back of the house, or in pots and kitchen window boxes to be plundered at will. Detailed information is included on propagation, care and maintenance and garden planning.

Once you have grown them, a chapter on using herbs looks at the options available to you throughout the home – whether you want to cook with them or use them in cosmetics and home remedies.

The largest section of the book is devoted to a stunning herb directory featuring 70 of the most commonly used herbs – each of which is beautifully photographed – with detailed descriptions of their history and appearances. The entries range from the most popular culinary herbs and spices such as coriander, cinnamon, sage and rosemary to the less well-known plants like alexanders, linden, cassia and asafoetida. The history of each herb is related in detail with description of its traditional uses in cooking, medicine or cosmetics, notes on cultivation and medicinal, cosmetic or culinary recipes where appropriate.

Chapter Breakdown

1. The History of Herbs
2. Growing Your Own
3. Practical Uses
4. Herb Directory


Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Illustrated (4 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007139462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007139460
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 23.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 714,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Jane has been an author and journalist for over 25 years. She worked for several years for the fashion business press, reviewing the international collections and interviewing designers from Galliano to Gaultier. A move from urban to country life saw her develop her interest in plants, flowers, herbs and fruit and foraging for wild food. Jane is passionate about the countryside and exploring the British Landscape.She is fascinated by history and has been able to combine her varied interests in some of her many books, several of which were linked to television series. Jane's books have won a number of awards: Britain by Bike was voted the Hay Festival/National Trust Outdoors Book of the Year 2011, The Best British Book and The Book of the Year at The British Book Design and Production Awards 2010.The Good Housekeeping Organic Cookbook won the Best Organic Book 2001 at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

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From the Good Housekeeping Institute comes this attractive book on those ever-popular culinary plants - herbs. From its instigation in 1924, Good Housekeeping has been synonymous with tried and tested recipes and housekeeping and it is on these foundations that the book, written by Jane Eastoe, has been produced. Illustrated with the charming photographs of garden photographer Carol Sharp, it is an attractive presentation of culinary herbs: their cultivation, harvest and assets. Starting with a brief history of herbs it swiftly moves on to growing the plants: propagating them, cultivating them and harvesting them. Attractive plans are included to inspire your own herb garden, be it for culinary, medicinal or fragrant purposes. A herb directory of 65 different plants is accompanied by recipes for soups, salads, pizzas and jellies, all tested by the GHI kitchens, enabling the cook to produce perfect results first time. For each plant a detailed description and history is accompanied by tips on cultivation, culinary use, medicinal use and home and beauty uses if applicable. Special notes are made of those herbs suitable for infusions and decoctions accompanied by instructions on how to make them. Herb oils, vinegars, syrups and preserves as well as floral oils, compresses and poultices are detailed clearly and simply. All in all an ideal book for cooks with a penchant for herbs, encouraging them to get out in the garden and grow their own. So stop buying them off the shelf and grow your own - they are so easily pleased you will wonder why you never did it before. - Lucy Watson

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Following a brief introduction to the history of the use of herbs throughout history, a gardening section examines all the options available to the novice or experienced gardener – whether you want to grow plants in a traditional knot garden, a small patch at the back of the house, or in pots and kitchen window boxes to be plundered at will. Detailed information is included on propagation, care and maintenance and garden planning.

Once you have grown them, a chapter on using herbs looks at the options available to you throughout the home – whether you want to cook with them or use them in cosmetics and home remedies.

The largest section of the book is devoted to a stunning herb directory featuring 70 of the most commonly used herbs – each of which is beautifully photographed – with detailed descriptions of their history and appearances. The entries range from the most popular culinary herbs and spices such as coriander, cinnamon, sage and rosemary to the less well-known plants like alexanders, linden, cassia and asafoetida. The history of each herb is related in detail with description of its traditional uses in cooking, medicine or cosmetics, notes on cultivation and medicinal, cosmetic or culinary recipes where appropriate.


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5.0 out of 5 stars good housekeeping herbbook 1 Jun 2011
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Great book especialy for people who like me are just learning which herbs to grow and what they are used for.
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