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Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation Harvesting Curin

Maurice Grenville Kains

Book Overview: 

This book describes use and care, and growing of herbs for cooking, healing and other interesting miscellaneous information related to herbs.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ably outranking any two of the others, with the exception of parsley.

Garden Hoes of Various Styles

Thyme and savory stand about equal, and are chiefly used like parsley, though both, especially the former, are used in certain kinds of sausage. Marjoram, which is similarly employed, comes next, then follow balm, fennel, and basil. These milder herbs are often mixed for much the same reason that certain simple perfumes are blended—to produce a new odor—combinations of herbs resulting in a new compound flavor. Such compounds are utilized in the same way that the elementary herbs are.[Pg 21]

In classes by themselves are tarragon and spearmint, the former of which is chiefly used as a decoction in the flavoring of fish sauces, and the latter as the universal dressing with spring lamb. Mint has also a more convivial use, but this seems more the province of the W. C. T. U. than of this book to discuss.Read More

Community Reviews

The linked index is great. It makes the book actually usable in the kitchen/on a mobile device.

I challenge you to read this and not fall in love with the classic writing style or rush out to plant an herb garden.

The organization isn't that great and neither are the uses. On the other hand, there is rare and useful cultivation information

Published in 1913, an excellent reference on herb culture.

Great resource! Covers a bit of the heritage, how to grow, how to harvest, and hat to use it for. Plus, the section of marigolds and also on cilantro is subtly hilarious.
"One gardener remarked that only a few plants are needed by a family. I think that two would provide about twice as much as I wou

Fabulous book. I love to read books that came before the food police arrived on our current scene. These authors from long ago could really share what they believed without having to dance around the laws, rules, and regulations that threaten to strangle the very life out of current-day gardening an