This newest gift from Blogging for Books is a gem It s a rare find in so many ways Beyond our world of fiction books, romance paperbacks, YA literature, and non fiction biographies, there s still a desire for good old fashioned reference books, kind of like the dictionary which I than secretly love Which is only partially why I adore this book so much The other reason it s a great find is that packed between pages of beautifully photographed images of herbs and flowering plants lies a plethora of information Everything from the safety of a plant to how it s harvested and why, this tome reduces the internet equivalent to dust It really sheds just the right amount of light on each plant and the reason, including historically, why we use the plant and how to get the most benefit out of it This is not a light book, but the presentation of the information makes it appear that way There are scads of tidbits on understanding herbs and how to propagate and harvest them extraction processes for essential oils made from herbs and the best way to use them creating your own garden and a whole section on kitchen essentials that showcase recipes for adding herbs to spice blends, beverages, oils, and vinegar Follow this up by a little sprinkling of different herb usage from around the world, as well as other cultures including Native American and older traditional herbs I m in heaven The book is laid out with information preceding the glossary of alphabetical herbs followed by a substantial resource section Tucked between those herby pages are recipes using the said herbs in sweet and savory dishes I love this It s not a full on recipe book, but it adds a little panache to your dinner by potentially trying something new How about a little lavender in your cake Yum I did find that I would have liked information crammed into this already over filled book I would have liked details, but that s the point It s a reference book to get you started Reference it, then dig deeper using the many tools we have all around us Nonetheless, what a splendid find It will sit happily next to my beloved dictionary, ready for reference at a whim s notice. I was absolutely delighted to get this book and when it came in the mail I was not at all disappointed, in fact, if anything this book exceeded my expectations This book is everything one would want in an herbal book and It is filled with lush photographs that clearly show what the herb looks like and it intermittently has recipes that include some of the various herbs that look not only delicious but incredibly fun to make.I just love the amount of detail that Mr Orr includes on each and every herb he has selected to put in the book He goes to great lengths on each of them, including such things as origins, safety very important , season, how to grow and other names and types The little blurb he writes on each herb is interesting and informative.I cannot recommend this book enough and think it makes a great additions to any one who is interested in herbs.I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion. If I ever wanted to transform myself into some kind of apothecary herbalist guru, this would be the book to have The New American Herbal by Stephen Orr is a hefty encyclopedia of the plants and botanical wonders that have been staples in cooking, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and the full spectrum of medicinal and culinary crafts Entries there are 145 of them, a sizeable sample are listed alphabetically and feature informative, at a glance type sidebars, lovely histories of each herb, and recipes for dishes and tonics where appropriate I also appreciated the various instructional sections that comprise the beginning of the book like Herb Basics, which describes the various classes of herbs e.g., adaptogens, analgesics, bitters, digestives and the families of herbs e.g., the mints, asters, laurels, nightshades, among others Then there are sections on working with herbs how to tend them, dry them, extract the oils, and work with the oils I recently started making my own skincare lotions and serums using essential oils and found that section useful, if a little breezy Gardeners will appreciate the suggested backyard projects There is even a section on Controversial Herbs that I found fun to read ahem, coca leaves and ephedra get a little attention Using herbs for scent, flavor, and as curatives is as old as time and this book offers a lovely modern update This isn t a comprehensive book by any means such a book would probably weigh 20 lbs and be completely unwieldly but Orr s book is a splendid quick reference Disclaimer I received this book from Blogging for Books for an honest and candid review. I have always been fascinated by herbs I love to grow them, I use them both for cooking and medicinal purposes and I have a lot of books on the subject Although I have been studying herbs for several years I know I still have so much to learn on the subject I was so excited to receive The New American Herbal book This book is so jammed pack with information The pictures inside are absolutely gorgeous I seriously, just spent some time flipping through the book and enjoying the beautiful pictures.The book covers everything from herb basics, herbal preparations, garden projects, kitchen projects, specialty herbs and so much There is a Herbs A to Z section that fills the majority of the book This section is a comprehensive guide that covers each herb beginning with Agrimony and ending with Yarrow The pages are indexed on the side which makes it easy to flip through and find the letter and herb you are looking for which comes in handy for quick references Each herb is described with plenty of information and pictures to give you apt knowledge on the individual herbs.This book is going on my shelf of favorites and I know it is something that I will be referring to for years to come I can t wait to try some of the recipes that I found inside If you are a beginning herbalist or have been at it for years this book will be a beneficial addition to your library What is an herb According to Stephen Orr, it is a plant that people use And so this herb book with over 250 herbs includes culinary, medicinal, dying, and even toxic herbs In fact, he even includes poison hemlock for the sole purpose of being able to recognize its distinguishing characteristics when you find it growing in the wild Consequently, I learned about many herbs I otherwise would not have even heard of I now have a list of herbs that some day I would like to grow.This book not only contains detailed information of herbs with beautiful pictures taken by the author , but also some recipes interspersed throughout, an introduction with basic information about herbs, herb families, harvesting and preserving herbs, and resources at the end with herbal writings from the past, historic schools of herbal practice, and recommended readings.This is a very thorough herb encyclopedia and if you are at all interested in herbs and growing herbs, I highly recommend this book I should also mention that this book was not dry, simply stating facts Orr included anecdotes from his own life as well as common tales and myths of herbs to make the book an interesting read It received four stars instead of five because there were some glaringly editorial mistakes throughout not many, but noticeable. I felt like I was in Herbology class at Hogwarts while I was reading this There are just so many wonderful aspects to this book, that I don t know where to begin I have read many different books concerning herbs over the years, but this is now my favorite one Unlike the others, this book really delves into the origins of the herb at hand It provides a great number of details that someone might find necessary if they re considering adding to their gardens The layout makes things so much easier to read and the photos are useful if you re looking to identity something you have come across.One thing that I found to be most important was the addition of health warnings for certain plants Most people don t seem to be aware of the dangers of just touching a plant, let alone ingesting one This is a book you ll want to add to your collection I received this book from Blogging for books and it is published by Random House I was excited to get a chance to review this book because I love fresh food, and fresh herbs just add such a blast of flavor to every meal This book has most everything you need to know about most every herb out there, the good and the bad It starts with chapters on how to recognize different families of herbs, how to grow them, harvest them, and preserve them Then it lists all the herbs in alphabetical order It is a great big book and a must for every herbal enthusiast The only thing missing that I would have liked was recipes I m never quite sure which herbs will complement which meal best But over all, I highly recommend this book. From Modern Garden Master Stephen Orr Comes A New, Definitive Book On Herbs To Finally Replace The Dusty And Outdated Classics Here Are Entries On Hundreds Of Plants That Are Extraordinarily Useful In Cooking, Homeopathy, And Dozens Of Recipes And DIY Projects And Beautifully Styled Photographs So You Know Just What You Re GrowingWith Than Entries, Each Accompanied By Brand New Photography And Helpful Growing Advice, The New American Herbal Takes The Study Of Herbs To An Exciting New Level Orr Covers The Entire Spectrum Of Herbaceous Plants, From Culinary To Ornamental To Aromatic And Medicinal, Presenting Them In An Easy To Use A To Z Format Packed With Recipes, DIY Projects, And Stunning Examples Of Garden Design Highlighting Herbal Plantings Learn About The Herbs You Ve Always Wanted To Grow Chervil, Chamomile, And Lovage , Exotic Herbs Such As Artemisia, The Bitter Herb Used In Absinthe, Or The Anti Inflammatory Meadowsweet , And Ornamental Varieties Monkshood And Perilla For Cooks There Is Indispensable Guidance On Planting And Maintaining A Bountiful Kitchen Garden And Crafters Will Delight In Dozens Of Exciting New Uses For Fresh, Dried, And Distilled Herbs Here, Too, Are Delicious Recipes Such As Ragu Bolognese With Fennel And Lemon Semolina Cake With Lavender, As Well Easy Steps For Projects Such As A Hanging Herb Garden And Instructions On How To Plant, Dry, And Preserve Your Garden S Bounty Meticulously Researched And Exhaustive In Its Scope, The New American Herbal Is An Irresistible Invitation To Explore The Versatility Of Herbs In All Their Beauty And Variety I was so excited when I found this book on the Blogging for Books website I have been wanting to learn about using herbs, both the history and qualities of herbs This book has been the answer to my desire When it first arrived, I was stunned by the beautiful pictures, not only on the cover, but throughout the book itself I flipped through just staring and soaking in the vibrant artwork You can almost feel the textures and smell the herbs Check out the rest of my review This book wasn t quite what i was expecting hoping for it to be It s a food and garden writer telling stories about herbs and a small collection of recipes This is not a book to learn about medicinal uses of herbs and how to prepare tinctures, salves, etc Everything in here just barely scratches the surface of information about the herbs themselves and how one might use them But it s pretty and enjoyable enough to read, just not very informative.
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- 384 pages
- The New American Herbal
- Stephen Orr
- 21 March 2019 Stephen Orr