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Jekka's Complete Herb Book: Revised Edition [Paperback]

Jekka McVicar

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Book Description

Sept. 30 2007
Kitchen gardeners, cooks who love herbs, and people interested in organic methods for growing herbs will all welcome this entirely redesigned, revised and updated edition of Jekka McVicar's all-time classic gardening bestseller, expanded with information on many new herbs and reformatted for a fresh, modern look. Crowned the "queen of herbs" by Jamie Oliver, McVicar includes here all the classics as well as 40 herbs that are new to the West. Her spread-by-spread reference work brings together all aspects of each herb: history, cultivation, propagation and harvesting, and cosmetic, medicinal and culinary uses. Chapters on propagation, harvesting and making herb oils are complemented with ideas for 10 different designs for herb gardens and a unique yearly calendar. Accurate colour photography makes identification simple and renders the book a glorious companion--the only book on the subject the reader will ever need. Probably the most authoritative book on herbs ever written, Jekka's Complete Herb Book has sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide in 12 languages.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Raincoast Books; 1 edition (Sept. 30 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551928825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551928821
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 22.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #878,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is an ambitious book in which every entry counts, giving the fruits of Ms. McVicar's experience as a professional herb grower and RHS Medallist." -- Gardens Illustrated --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

JEKKA MCVICAR (U.K.) has run her own herb farm for 22 years. She presented the Royal Horticultural Society's video on herbs and has won a number of gold medals at RHS shows, including the Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows. As well as the day-to-day running of the farm, McVicar is also well known for her regular appearances on TV and radio gardening and cookery programs.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Herb Book Oct. 6 2008
By Diane S. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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What an extensive encyclopedia of information from A-Z! Complete information in easy to use format with information from propagation, pests and diseases, maintenance, garden cultivation, harvesting, companion planting, container growing, medicinal uses, other uses, and culinary applications & more! I made the Chive Butter and it's hmmmm, hmmmm, good on sweet corn on the cob! Next I plan to try the Sweet Marigold Muffins. It also has info on planning a herb garden with 10 sample plans, beautiful photographys throughout, how to preserve herbs by drying and freezing, and making and using natural dyes! It's a 5 star addition to my extensive herb library.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Herb Growing/Using Book March 29 2009
By Cat Martin - Published on Amazon.com
This is another book I checked out of the library and had to add to my permanent collection. This is a great book with color pictures of each plant outlined, how to grow it, how to harvest it, and how to use it. That sounds trite and boring, but let me assure you, this book spends time on each plant, the left page deals with the planting and harvesting and the right page deals with the storage and use of the herb. Each herb has a recipe of some type (for food, for cosmetics, for aromatics, etc.) that has a picture of the completed item. I have a couple of other herb books that I like, but this one I LOVE to look through and will be adding a few more herbs to my garden each season based on this book!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Sept. 13 2008
By Cookie - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has it all -- great pictures, great ideas, even great recipes. A good resource for those who want to build their own herb garden.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Herb Book July 10 2009
By Kathe - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a lot of herb books, but this is the best one my daughter and I havefound yet. Shows you actually pictures of each herb, its origin, what uses it can be used for (cosmetic, medicinal, culunary. Would highly recommend.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just not what I had hoped May 17 2013
By Beverly Cosby - Published on Amazon.com
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Ok, silly me...had hoped for far greater detail on medicinal uses. Good pictures, but, more of a coffee table overview. Glad I bought it used! So, a nice addition to my library, but, not likely will be one of my "go to" references.

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