Comp Bk Herbs & Spice

Sarah Garland, Author Reader's Digest Association $35 (288p) ISBN 978-0-89577-499-6
If you've sometimes wondered what yarrow, et al., is good for, this book can tell you: it is ``a wound herb, astringent and healing, and rich in vitamins and minerals.'' Moreover, it may even ``increase the health of nearby plants.'' Entries in this herbal resource also offer directions to would-be growers, the various amusing common names of the assembled plants (for coriander, ``dizzycorn,'' for cassia, ``bastard cinnamon'') and historical asides: the Incas, for example, worshipped the sunflower. In addition, there are recipes--for soap, bath oil, herbal dyes, pomanders, and edible contrivances: toffee, salad, green mayonnaise and more. Nicely designed but not remarkable, the volume is illustrated with a range of graphics, from medieval woodcuts to the glow of contemporary color photography. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/02/1993
Release date: 08/01/1993
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 288 pages - 978-0-670-36866-2
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