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Herbs for the Gourmet Gardener

A Practical Resource from the Garden to the Table

The rise of the slow food movement and the return to home gardens mean cooks are donning gardening gloves as often as oven mitts. Modern cooking is heading back to its roots, with home cooks embracing local ingredients and down-to-earth recipes. With more and more of us discovering the delight of preparing and eating freshly harvested food, Herbs for the Gourmet Gardener is the indispensable guide to what to grow, cook, and eat.

A feast for the eyes and the table, this user-friendly resource traverses the realms of both the garden and the kitchen, addressing the cultivation, storage, and preparation of more than sixty herbs. Practical growing tips, fascinating histories, nutritional information, and classic recipes appear alongside botanical illustrations drawn from the Royal Horticultural Society’s cherished collection. With both familiar varieties and novel options, Herbs for the Gourmet Gardener will inspire you to create a world of new shapes, colors, and tastes.

See sample pages from the book (PDF format).

224 pages | 200 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2014

Biological Sciences: Botany

Food and Gastronomy


Reference and Bibliography


"Caroline Holmes has found and eloquently expressed a compelling new perspective on the ancient plants we call herbs. Herbs for the Gourmet Gardener is a complete and generously appointed modern herbal offering practical growing tips and tasting notes that will have you planning or expanding your herb garden and rushing to the kitchen to try recipes like her Peach and Purslane Salad. The book is deliciously, entertainingly educational."

Pat Crocker, culinary herbalist and author of The Healing Herbs Cookbook and Coconut 24/7

"Will keep gardeners and cooks fully engaged through the dark of winter."

Boston Globe

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