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Herbs : a global history /

by Allen, Gary (Gary J.).
Type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Edible series (Reaktion Books (Firm)): Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, 2012Description: 166 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9781861899255 (hbk.); 1861899254 (hbk.).Subject(s): Herbs | Cooking (Herbs) -- History | Cooking (Herbs)
Contents:
Introduction -- What, exactly are herbs? -- The usual suspects -- A less Eurocentric herbarium -- The sisterhood of the travelling plants -- The herbal melting pot.
Summary: "You can't make pesto alla Genovese without basil or a Mojito without mint. You can use peppermint to settle an upset stomach, ease arthritis pain with stinging nettles, and heal burns and wounds with aloe vera. And then there is cannabis, perhaps the most notorious herb of all. Despite the fact that herbs are often little more than weeds, cultures around the globe have found hundreds of uses for them, employing them in everything from ancient medicines to savoury dishes. While much has been written on cooking and healing with herbs, little has been told about the history of the plants themselves and the incredible journeys they have made. These often overlooked plants have become a staple in our lives. Unlike spices that quickly traversed the globe through trade, herbs were often hoarded by their cultivators and were central to distinctive regional dishes. This book examines herbs in new ways, making it essential reading for any serious foodie. Filled with beautiful illustrations and delicious recipes, this book will complete the kitchen library."--Publisher description.
List(s) this item appears in: New to the Library: December 2013
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Lending Books Tall Shelves SB351.H5 A55 2012 (Browse shelf) Available

Includes bibliographical references (p. 147-154), list of websites and associations (p. 155-158) and index.

Introduction -- What, exactly are herbs? -- The usual suspects -- A less Eurocentric herbarium -- The sisterhood of the travelling plants -- The herbal melting pot.

"You can't make pesto alla Genovese without basil or a Mojito without mint. You can use peppermint to settle an upset stomach, ease arthritis pain with stinging nettles, and heal burns and wounds with aloe vera. And then there is cannabis, perhaps the most notorious herb of all. Despite the fact that herbs are often little more than weeds, cultures around the globe have found hundreds of uses for them, employing them in everything from ancient medicines to savoury dishes. While much has been written on cooking and healing with herbs, little has been told about the history of the plants themselves and the incredible journeys they have made. These often overlooked plants have become a staple in our lives. Unlike spices that quickly traversed the globe through trade, herbs were often hoarded by their cultivators and were central to distinctive regional dishes. This book examines herbs in new ways, making it essential reading for any serious foodie. Filled with beautiful illustrations and delicious recipes, this book will complete the kitchen library."--Publisher description.

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