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Whole Herb  

Review by Debbie Mazo


Nothing beats summertime cooking using herbs from your very own garden. With the interest in gardening reaching manic proportions, herbs are a natural to make your garden come alive. From seasonings to weekly gardening tips, Storey Books' Whole Herb introduces you to the magical world of herbs.

Whole Herb  
Whether you're creating a simple kitchen window box or a full-blown garden, Whole Herbs offers advice on growing herbs along with the best in gardening tips. If you live in an apartment, you can still reap the rewards of growing herbs. The key to successfully growing herbs indoors is bright light. A large window facing south works best, with an eastern exposure the next best choice. Outdoor gardeners can find gardening tips with design and theme ideas, instructions on where and how to plant, and tips on maintenance and harvesting. According to Whole Herb, garlic chives are a welcome addition to any herb garden. Not only do they add flavor to dozens of dishes, but the white flowers on tall straight stems make great cut flowers for a herbal summer bouquet.

From cilantro to sage, the Recipe Box at Whole Herb offers dozens of imaginative recipes for soups, salads, vinegars, blends, and more. Try the Wild Mushroom Soup with Sage, a combination of oyster, shitake, and white button mushrooms seasoned with two teaspoons of fresh sage. Whip up some Chickpea Flatbread with Garlic Chives, Cilantro, and Ginger and serve with either a salad or main course. Use the Wine Jelly recipe to dress up main courses or melt the jelly to make a glaze for fruit tarts.

For centuries, Mother Nature has offered herbal remedies for all kinds of ailments. Find out the natural alternatives when you click on Herbal Body. For a good night's sleep, stitch up a dream pillow with an inner pouch for adding herbs like hops flowers as well as lavender and chamomile flowers. For tired itchy feet, a homemade foot scrub with ingredients like oatmeal and essential oil of lemon or peppermint can save the day.

For amateur and professional herbalists alike, Whole Herb shows you how to enjoy the harvests of your herb garden all season long.


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She currently specializes in technical and marketing materials, but is also pursuing opportunities in food journalism.

Copyright © 2000, Debbie Mazo. All rights reserved.


    July 2000


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