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Jekka's Herb Cookbook: Foreword by Jamie Oliver [Hardcover]

Jamie Oliver , Jekka McVicar
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Book Description

3 Jun 2010

Jekka McVicar's passion for herbs has evolved over 40 years. In this, her first cookery book, 'queen of herbs' Jekka offers over 250 original recipes using simple garden herbs, along with tips for growing and maintaining them.

Herbs have long been a part of British culinary history, yet few people utilise them to their full potential. Incredibly versatile, not only do herbs impart flavour, aroma and texture to dishes, they are extremely beneficial to our health.

Much more than a cookbook, Jekka's Herb Kitchen features 50 herbs with a chapter and recipes devoted to each - Jekka's huge knowledge of each herb's history, cultivation and medicinal and culinary uses is unsurpassed. Her recipes are simple and economical - she shows how herbs can transform a cheap cut of meat, enliven a pasta sauce, and even add delight to desserts. She also offers suggestions for how best to combine herbs and what parts to use, gives ideas for using up a glut of a specific herb, and advises on how to preserve your herbs for the winter months.

Moreover, this volume is a family affair - many of Jekka's recipes are inspired by her grandmother and mother, and the stunning illustrations are by Jekka's daughter, Hannah McVicar. With colour photographs throughout, this is a unique and beautiful volume from the UK's foremost authority on herbs.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (3 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091930413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091930417
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Over 250 unique recipes from the 'Queen of Herbs' Jekka McVicar, with foreword by Jamie Oliver

About the Author

'Queen of herbs' Jekka McVicar has run her herb farm outside Bristol for over 20 years. She has published four books on herbs and contributes to numerous gardening magazines. She has appeared in many television programmes including BBC TV's Rick Stein's Food Heroes and Gardeners' World, and Jamie Oliver's series for Channel 4. She regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio, including Woman's Hour and the Food Programme. She is President of the West of England Herb Group and is a member of RHS Council and the Fruit, Vegetable and Herb Committee. Jekka's farm has won over 60 RHS gold medals.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Book 14 Aug 2010
This is a lovely hardback book which will sit well alongside your other cook books. The author goes through each herb in turn giving a description of the plant, its history in cooking, its main uses, medicinal properties and finally recipes. And there are some interesting recipes: Lavender Butter anyone? How about Thyme souffle? The author's chapter on Nasturtiums prompted me to buy her book on Cooking with Flowers.
All in all, a nice book that would make a great present. Two criticisms: 1) I was hoping for a chapter on Fenugreek (there was none) and 2) Each herb is illustrated with a stylised watercolour - which makes for lovely design but if you've never seen the herb in real life before, the paintings aren't the best way of helping you identify them growing in the ground.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously inspirational 22 Jun 2010
By Wiltshire Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This cookbook has many of the recipes Jekka McVicar freely shares with anyone she comes into contact with: whether it's an audience at one of her popular talks, or someone like me visiting her herb farm for the first time. The recipe she gave me is in this book (salmon and lemongrass parcel, which is yummy) along with another 249 taken from 3 generations of her and her family's cooking, plus those given by famous chefs, friends and staff at the herb farm.

50 herbs are featured: from the usual suspects like Basil, Mint or Sage and more unusual ones such as Shiso and Vietnamese Coriander. I'm pleased she's included Shiso as I tasted this herb at one of her open days: it was delicious, but I had no idea of how to use it. Flowers such as nasturtiums, marigolds and violets also get a look in. These are Jekka's top 50 herbs for culinary use in the broadest sense of the word.

Each herb featured is thoroughly introduced: taking you through its description (including notes on how to grow it), history in cooking, harvesting & uses, and varieties. Then follows the recipes: each one is introduced with lots of little anecdotes making you feel Jekka is at your elbow telling you all about it. The final section on each herb ends with a guide on what to do with a glut, should you have one.

If you're looking for specific information on making tinctures, teas etc., then you need to look elsewhere in Jekka's previous books, though instructions for drying are given for some of the herbs such as Sweet Bay. This is a celebration of the use of herbs to complement food rather than the use of their medicinal properties.

Her daughter Hanna's artwork is the final delightful touch to a clearly laid out and good looking book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for a herb lover 17 Oct 2011
By Vanya
This is a gorgeous book with beautiful illustrations and lovely to read, I liked that even the history of the Herb was included in each herb description, a great book to have on hand for referral on growing advice and cooking uses. The only thing that would have made the book a touch better, would have been if there were some photo's of the prepared recipes - although it would have been hard to incorporate photo's with the illustrated flow of the book.
Great for a herb lover or someone wanting to learn more about herbs.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 11 Oct 2011
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This is a lovely book with great ideas and recipes - I just wish there were photographs of the herbs rather than the drawings (though beautiful) it makes it hard to identify the real herbs
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best herb cookbook 8 July 2010
This is the best herb cookbook I have bought. It is full of interesting and useful information on both common and less well known herbs. The recipes included are delicious. I would not hesitate to recommend this book by the herb growing Queen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and inspiring 1 Jun 2010
This book is truly beautiful and inspiring. There is nothing better than a dish cooked with fresh herbs and this book provides all the recipes you could need. Despite living in London and only having a tiny front garden I have been eagerly planting up pots of herbs and can't wait to try out the recipes.

The illustrations by Hannah McVicar are stunning, making this book a pleasure to read. It would make the ideal present for a friend (or treat for yourself!).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jekka's herb cookbood 17 May 2012
By jw
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This is a perfect companion to Jekka's herb book. There are some superb recipes and some unusual ones. I think that the illustrations are excellent, although I think I would have preferred them to have been photos of exact herbs to enable identification to be easier. otherwise, a fantastic purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 6 July 2014
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great choice
Lovely book. Excellent ideas and advice. Good layout. Simply enjoy reading it - even if I am not actually using the recipes
Published 2 months ago by B. Prentice
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
A well illustrated and laid out book, based on a herb so if you have borrage recipies with this herb are kept together. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kim Tozer
5.0 out of 5 stars makes you want to grow herbs!
A wonderful book, drawings by Jekka's daughter are a delight. Some unusual recipes and good advice on how to store herbs for winter use. Read more
Published 3 months ago by valg
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Wonderful book and useful to understand the different benefits of plants. Beautiful illustration by Hannah McVicar. Excellent product as a gift for friends and family.
Published 9 months ago by Ilaria Marzola
5.0 out of 5 stars For all herb enthusiasts
A gem of a book, beautifully presented and really informative. It is nurturing my fledgling interest in herbs and the beneficial qualities of their consumption.
Published 16 months ago by Tsara
5.0 out of 5 stars herbs and their use in cooking
fantastic book, it opens up a whole new meaning to cooking with herbs. enjoyed experimenting with is a must
Published 16 months ago by jude
2.0 out of 5 stars looks nice but dissapointing recipes
The book looks nice and is a great idea but unfortunately does not deliver.

The recipes are unoriginal and disappointing. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Herb cook book
I bought this book as a present for my partner so have only looked at it briefly but it looks excellent and full of interesting information.
Published on 30 Sep 2011 by DD
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book for Herb Lovers
This book is essential for anyone who enjoys growing and or using culinary herbs. There are some fifty herbs listed, each one beautifully illustrated in colour. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2011 by Mike S
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