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Vegetables, Herbs and Spices: A Comprehensive Guide to the Cultivation, Uses and Health Benefits of over 200 Food-producing Plants Hardcover – 7 May 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711229635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711229631
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 3.7 x 28.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,247,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is an easy to read book exploring old favourites as well as many little known edible plants.

(Garden Answers)

Comprehensive A-Z of food plants with tips on growing and eating them, plus medical uses.

(BBC Gardens Illustrated)

In spite of its author's academic credentials, it is extremely readable... fascinating stuff… This book will tell you everything you want to know about the vegetables, herbs and spices you use every day. Well-illustrated with colour photos, you may well be inspired to grow and try new food plants.

(Country & Border Life)

A fascinating read for anyone with a wider interest in horticulture. If you enjoy a good reference book, this will not disappoint and could inspire you to try something unusual.

(Garden)

About the Author

DR SUSANNA LYLE has over 25 years of practical and academic experience in plant and soil studies. She has taught horticulture, plant science and garden design and has planned and planted private and community woodlands and gardens. She has also spent many years editing a range of scientific and educational books and journals. After travelling in many countries, observing and studying plants in many climates and locations, she now lives in Northland, New Zealand.

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more to have the 2 parts! i was more interested in fruits

so i say again
plenty of info, i only regret that for the different varieties, there is no photos so hard to see what it is, so you need wiki
a coffee table book, so comprehensive indeed and hard to find better but not perfect
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If you are at all interested in the cultivation, uses and heath benefits of both common and lesser known vegetables, herbs and spices then this is the book for you. I found it fascinating and am thinking of buying the companion volume on fruit and nuts.
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If you'd like to spice up your meals with something new like Daylily, ransom, or dog's tooth violet corms this book is for you. And from annatto, luffa, and miner's lettuce to the ordinary carrot and leek, there is advice for the gardener as well. I never knew I had Lagos spinach growing in my garden - and that I could eat it. Aside from the practical information on the hundreds of plants included in this book, there are anecdotes, history of usage and also health benefits of each. I found the photographs worth a thousand words when I was trying to identify goatsbeard.

When I found Ms Lyle's first volume, Discovering Fruit and Nuts, I was fascinated by the variety of foods our planet has to offer and the fantastic amount of information one book could cover. Now she has done it again.

The index of common names makes sure you can always find what you're looking for. Even if someone mentioned ensal and you haven't a clue what it is, the index at the front will take you to cardamom, (Elettaria cardamomum). There is a table of plant families, a description of nutrients and their deficiency symptoms, information about the vitamins and minerals necessary in our diet. In the appendix there are lists of plants which grow under windy or maritime conditions, plants that are rich in vitamin E or protein, etc. etc. etc. There are 7 entries in the bibliography under Wasabi. Incredible. The more I read the more I am infected by the author's obvious enthusiasm for her subject - and my salads are a lot more interesting as well.

Encyclopedic coverage and practical advice, concisely and beautifully presented.
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Quality printing and binding - quality content. Super book to own and read - definitive information.
Superb illustrations are a pleasure to look at.
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Super book.
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