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Pocket Encyclopaedia of Herbs (DK Pocket Encyclopedia) Paperback – 3 Jan 1998

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd; Paperback edition (3 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863184367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863184369
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.4 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Inspired by the herbals of John Gerard and Nicholas Culpeper, which were published over 300 years ago, the following pages form a contemporary guide to many of the most useful and easy-to-grow herbs. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
Such a small book that one would expect it to be trivial and slight; instead it is packed with splendid stuff which will be useful as a ready reference to the expert enthusiast as well as the beginner.

The first section is an alphabetical guide by Latin name; the common names are given prominently and any difficulty in finding what you want is covered by a comprehensive index. Each plant is illustrated with "cut-out" photos against a white background, with accompanying description, reminiscent of botanical illustrations. Dried leaves, seeds and roots are shown as well as the living plant. A snippet of history is given and a textbox adds the uses.

This takes up about 40% of the book. There follows a chapter on Cooking With Herbs with a selection of varied recipes, well laid out and illustrated with some good photos. The recipes are out of the usual and feature the herbs as a main flavouring, for example "Tagliatelli with marigold sauce aurore" and "Gooseberry and elderflower cream".

"Herbs in the Home" comes next with fresh and dried arrangements, "tussie mussies" (scented posies), wreaths, garlands, pot pourri, and such miscellania as herb pillows, furniture polishes and ways of repelling pests. "Herbs for beauty" has skin creams and lotions, herb baths, face packs and hair care as well as recipes for mouthwash, and so on.

"Herbs for health" has an introductory section on preparing herbal medicines, followed by a modest A-Z of treatments arranged by the disorder or illness. This section has been edited with care and an eye to safety; it is intended to be used by the untrained and there is nothing here to frighten the horses. I have tried several of the remedies and found them useful.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By gabrial on 30 April 2006
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This is splendidly illustrated book of every herb you might dream of. The remarks on each are pertinent and I could hardly imagine more colourful artwork. A word of warning though; the slant is very much to the 'medical' ; less about cooking than some might want and certainly not enough about growing conditions for gardeners. There is a little too much of the 'may alleviate certain forms of cancer' for the liking of some and slightly too little botany. But any book that teaches one that alfalfa was given to Arab horses as they saw it gave them a fillip or finally sorts out which mint is which should be on any shelf; be it kitchen or bathroom.

First rate though.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The ONE book to own if you're at all interested in herbs 2 May 2000
By Ana Hotaling - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are curious about growing herbs, or already grow herbs and are interested in expanding your garden or your knowledge about these plants, this is the ONE book to buy. Gorgeous color photographs identify each herb (dozens upon dozens are listed) in its seed, flowering, and leafy stages -- popular varieties of herbs are included as well. Herbs are also listed accourding to use -- culinary, cosmetic, medicinal, decorative. Also included are step-by-step instructions for infusions, decoctions, and other herbal recipes. This book may not show you how to landscape your garden (try American Horticultural's Herb Gardens book) but aside from this, this will be your herb Bible.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good field guide style herb book 20 Aug. 2001
By Mark E. Miller - Published on
Format: Paperback
This well-produced book has lots of small illustrations reminiscent of a field guide. It includes lots of varieties for each herb type - 17 kinds of thyme, for instance. Not very much detail on medicinal uses, and you won't find really exotic species like gotu kola. It is a small book, and packs in lots of information for its size. Information on cultivation is condensed but adequate.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Terrific overview of herb descriptions, history, and uses! 3 Jan. 1998
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From cultivating and harvesting to remedies and recipes, this book has virtually everything you need to know about herbs. The historical background of each herb is given, listing genus, species, and family. Important information is provided with detailed full-color photographs of herb plants and plant parts, listing their decorative, culinary, household, cosmetic, aromatic, and medicinal uses. Indexed by common and botanical names as well as by ailment and other relevant terms, this book is useful and easy to use for novice or expert. Learn to make your own potpourri or beauty products. Grow your own garden with advice from the section on the A-Z of Cultivation. Find out more about cooking with herbs. It's all in "Herbs."
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Been looking for some time for an extensive, thorough book on herbs that had a cross-reference feature and this book is IT!! Recommended by an herbalist at my local health food store, I keep it handy all the time and have turned a lot of friends (even my chiropractor) onto it. They've all thanked me for it.
Herbs (RD Home Handbooks) 6 Mar. 2012
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My daughter & I love this book. It has given us much information about the planting and caring for the Herbs we now have in our garden. We were able to pick the best spot and we are already reaping the rewards. We've found many different uses for the Herbs, which ones sooth the tummy and lower blood pressure.
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