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Jekka's Complete Herb Book: Revised Edition Paperback – Sep 30 2007


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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: 23.2 x 2 x 26.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,031,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A one-stop reference to the organic cultivation and use of more than 150 herbs.

After learning about herbs' habits a gardener can try one of the 10 herb garden plans in The Complete Herb Book.

Comprehensive ... practical.... Plant profiles include extensive data on plant culture and uses with clear photos for easy identification

This is the most efficient herb-garden guide on the market today ... sheer inspiration to the culinary aficionado.--Maureen Gilmer, DIY Network"Chicago Sun-Times" (05/16/2008)

Set up alphabetically by botanic name, and lavishly illustrated, this is a great book for the beginning herb enthusiast.--Susan Banks (LIFE news services) "Central Alberta Life (Red Deer) "

Culinary uses, a few recipes, and medicinal uses are described... McVicar includes some hard-to-find exotics as well.--Jessie Milligan (wire story)"The Tampa Tribune" (04/26/2008)

Revised and expanded...this established resource has become more useful the second time around.--Nester Mingstern"Bloomsbury Review" (07/01/2009)

If herbs are your passion, or even an interest, you may find The Complete Herb Book to be the resource you've been looking for... [It's] a one-stop reference to the organic cultivation and use of more than 150 herbs. A comprehensive A-Z guide to the fascinating world of herbs... This new edition is updated and revised to include expanded entries for 40 additional herbs. Comprehensive ... practical.... Plant profiles include extensive data on plant culture and uses with clear photos for easy identification. The well-organized text also includes safety warnings about plants with injurious properties and the most recent research on medicinal potentials of specific herbs. After learning about herbs' habits a gardener can try one of the 10 herb garden plans in The Complete Herb Book.

For those who want to seek out these plants, this book is a nice compendium of what's out there.. [and] great way to familiarize yourself with a multitude of herbs and their uses. Set up alphabetically by botanic name, and lavishly illustrated, this is a great book for the beginning herb enthusiast.--Susan Banks (LIFE news services) "Central Alberta Life (Red Deer) "

This book includes descriptions, medicinal uses and recipes for more than 150 aromatic plants, from lemongrass to dandelion.

Horticultural expert Jekka McVicar delivers an illustrated A-Z primer on the cultivation and culinary medicinal, and cosmetic uses of herbs that'll be appreciated not only by gardeners but also by anyone who cooks, creates, or heals with herbs.

An amazing amount of information on organic gardening...in a layout that is easy to read and understand.--Joe Brouillette"Taste for Life" (06/01/2008)

As vibrantly practical as it is visually stunning, McVicar's encyclopedic guide to approximately 150 of the most common, and several obscure, herbs more than lives up to its name... Luscious full-color photogrfaphs and helpful sidebars...In-depth discussions...and stunning design plans for themed gardens. The reigning doyenne of British herbal gardening, MccVicar is equally at home authoritatively addressing basic cultural information required by North American gardeners... Elegantly showcasing herbs' myriad applications and benefits, this one-stop resource will benefit gardeners at any skill level eager to work with these multipurpose plants.--Carol Haggas"Booklist" (06/01/2008)

Growing instructions are included for more than 150 herbs. Culinary uses, a few recipes, and medicinal uses are described... McVicar includes some hard-to-find exotics as well. Full color photos help with identification and whetting the appetite.--Jessie Milligan (wire story)"The Tampa Tribune" (04/26/2008)

Revised and expanded (the first edition was published in 1994), this established resource has become more useful the second time around.... Thanks to the all-in-one approach to the subject and the author's thoroughness, gardeners are provided a practical resource, equally at home and useful on the desktop and the garden bench.--Nester Mingstern"Bloomsbury Review" (07/01/2009)

From A to Z, you will find all your herb needs here... This is a fine addition to the bookshelf.--Nancy Romanenko"Asbury Park Press (NJ)" (04/04/2008)

This extensive study of herbs is a pleasure to read... Entries are colorful and easy to read, many of them double-page spreads.--Mary-Liz Shaw"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" (08/03/2008)

This affordable paperback is so well done that it will become dog-eared in my library, already stuffed with less-stellar publications about herbs. So what made me take notice of yet another herb book? First of all, it is very well illustrated with beautiful photographs of both the plants and some of their applications.... Most herb books come from a particular point of view, such as cultivation or cooking or folklore. This one offers equal amounts of all three plus much more. McVicar's book lays it all out for easy access without too much or too little to sift through.--Maureen Gilmer, DIY Network (wire story)"Post-Tribune (Merrittville, IN)" (05/10/2008) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c096e40) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c241f6c) 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
HASH(0x9c2b3090) out of 5 stars Great Herb Growing/Using Book March 29 2009
By Cat Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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
HASH(0x9c359438) 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
HASH(0x9c13dab0) out of 5 stars The Complete Herb Book July 10 2009
By Kathe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c2ca9b4) 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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