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Herbs: River Cottage Handbook No.10 (River Cottage Handbooks) [Hardcover]

Nikki Duffy
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1 Mar 2012 River Cottage Handbooks (Book 10)

Herbs are the most liberating and confidence-boosting of ingredients: grow some and you feel like a proper gardener, bring some into the kitchen and you feel like a proper cook. They allow you to experiment and bring individuality to your cooking while, at the same time, anchoring you in sound culinary tradition because herbs are often responsible for those key flavours that 'make' a dish. Not only that but they are a step on the road to a more self-sufficient, homegrown, organic way of eating.

In the first part of the book, Nikki explains how to get the most from herbs. She outlines the basic choosing, picking and using guidelines. The second part is a catalogue of herbs, each with grow-your-own notes, flavour descriptions and mini-recipes. Among the forty herbs that Nikki describes are basil, bay, bergamot, chives, coriander, dill, fennel,

horseradish, hyssop, marigold, marjoram, mint, parsley, perilla, rocket, rosemary, sage, scented geranium, tarragon, thyme, wild garlic and winter savory.

Following this are over fifty wonderful and adaptable recipes for everything from herb-scented cakes and biscuits to

soups, stuffings and tarts, where more than one herb is, or can be, used. With an introduction by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and full-colour photographs, Herbs is a must-have book for every kitchen.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408808838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408808832
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the tenth River Cottage Handbook, Nikki Duffy shows how to grow and cook with herbs

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing little book. 22 May 2012
By Ricco
This year i've created my own herb garden in a few different forms and I needed a companion, something to offer advice where needed and how I can make the most of my herbs at a beginner level. This book was perfect for me. It is exactly what I would have expected and has a comprehensive index of some of the most common herbs and some other that you might not find around the British Isles.

If you are an advanced gardener and need something that a little bit different, I suggest you stick with what you know because I doubt you will learn anything new (excpet maybe a few of the recipes in the back) however if you need help and advice growing and cooking your own herbs and you don't currently own a book for this nature, get it! Its simple to follow, offers advice on cuttings, growing and cooking. And its half price (at the time of writing).
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good 4 Mar 2012
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I confess to being slightly disappointed by this book. I had high expectations, having previously purchased other River Cottage handbooks and been totally wowed by them. With the other books in this series, the basics are covered for total novices but there are also some some really exciting tips and recipes. With this book, it never seems to get beyond the basic information that is easily found elsewhere. Don't get me wrong, this book isn't bad, just a little ordinary. If you are new to growing and cooking herbs, then you will find this book useful as it is well organised. If you want something more exciting, then look elsewhere.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to grow alongside cooking 11 July 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Recently when purchasing herbs to make a casserole I was shocked at how much these few additions cost. Not tha they're a one use item but when you add them up over the course of a year it can be quite a tidy sum.

Growing up I remembered having a Bay Leaf Tree, fresh Chives and a few other fresh herbs around the garden, so when this book from River Cottage arrived I thought why not grow my own. After all, fresh is best and after a little outlay, provided you look after them, you can have fresh herbs for life.

Provided within are tips on how to cultivate you own supplies alongside some wonderful recipes for their usage. All in this is a great book all round and something that will add flavour to your meals and that, is rewarding in itself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A REALLY GOOD BOOK 26 Jun 2012
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I bought this book couple of weeks ago and I wasn't disappointed. A wonderful guide which explains the main garden herbs
and also some lovely recipes. Very pleased with it. Excellent.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As I expected 12 Mar 2012
I have a few of the other handbooks, and have found them to be very interesting, written by experts who want to share knowledge and teach others. This one is the same. I'd been thinking of starting a herb patch this year and was really glad when I saw this book was coming out. It not only tells you how to grow each plant, but has interesting information about if plants would make good companion planting, their taste and storage.

Having just made the caraway fudge, I find the recipes really straight forward to follow (and what I've tasted from scraping the saucepan it tastes good too).

Yes, I'm sure you could find the information in this book elsewhere, but it's helpful in having it in one place, and as a beginner I've really enjoyed this book and think my cooking will benefit from it (once I've actually dug the plot).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It arrived in good Thyme 1 Oct 2013
By Woody
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Great book all about herbs, with loads of growing and cooking tips and up to the usual River Cottage Standard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Herbs: River Cottage Handbook 22 Oct 2013
By Rob
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As with all the River Cottage handbooks this one is full of useful and clearly laid out information. Good illustrations throughout and helpful addresses and further reading at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know 21 Dec 2013
By Richard
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All you need to know about herb growing in your own herb garden.
If you like cooking these fresh herbs you will grow, will make your dishes great
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
All the River Cottage Handbooks I've tried are excellent and this one is no different. An comprehensive guide to growing and using herbs, easy to understand, easy to follow and... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Poppyandpaul
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the kitchen bookshelf
Part of the series I required for my kitchen bookshelf- excellent condition.
Published 28 days ago by TRACY GLOVER
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good herb book
Published 1 month ago by Adrian chalk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Like all the books in this series, well-written, extensive, useful.
Published 2 months ago by Shodmonkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 2 months ago by James Montgomerie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by W. J. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it was a brilliant birthday present.
Published 3 months ago by christopher bush
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a fantastic book and it arrived in great nick, I am so pleased with it. The packaging was very good and it was very quick on getting to me.
Published 15 months ago by JW
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
A good informative book which we keep handily on the shelf to consult when required , well worth the small outlay.
Published 15 months ago by William Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars As always the River Cottage series are very informative and...
Next to Jekka McVicar these books on herbs are extremely useful and full of information about growing and using herbs in a realist way. We are not all such fantastic gardeners.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs Paula Goodchild
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