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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
Superb illustrations are a pleasure to look at.