Herbs: A Global History

Herbs: A Global History

Hardback Edible (Reaktion Books)

By (author) Gary Allen

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  • Publisher: Reaktion Books
  • Format: Hardback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 20mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 15 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1861899254
  • ISBN 13: 9781861899255
  • Illustrations note: 37 colour illustrations, 67 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 688,657

Product description

From ancient medicines to the savoury dishes of today, there is hardly a culture in the world that does not know and make use of herbs. Despite often being little more than weeds, various cultures have found hundreds of uses for these plants, culinary, medicinal or otherwise. Indeed, many books have been written on their various purposes - with much information on cooking and healing with herbs - while little has been written about the history of the plants themselves, and of the incredible journeys they have made. In Herbs Gary Allen tells the story of these oft-overlooked plants, which have become such a staple in our lives. He describes how, unlike spices that quickly made their way to cultures throughout the world, herbs were often hoarded by their cultivators and used to make distinctive regional dishes. Allen's truly global history examines herbs in a way never seen before. The first history of herbs around the world, this will be an essential read for any self-proclaimed foodie, as well as anyone with an interest in these delectable additions to our cuisine. With many beautiful illustrations and delicious recipes, no kitchen library is complete without Herbs: A Global History.

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Author information

Gary Allen is on the Board of Directors at the Unison Arts & Learning Center in New Paltz, NY. He has written many food-related articles and is the author of The Herbalist in the Kitchen (2007).