Synopses & Reviews
What's exciting and clever about what Jekka has done with this book is that she's focused on a 'hit-list, ' her top-50 cooking herbs of all time, and gives you delicious and exciting ways of using them. -- From the foreword.
Jekka McVicar -- whom Jamie Oliver dubbed the queen of herbs -- has assembled a special collection of her top-50 favorite herbs. Each herb is described in detail, including its Latin and common names as well as: Its botanical features and varietiesA history of the herb in cookingHow to harvest and use the herbNon-culinary usesThe most important and useful varieties of that herbSuggestions for using excess harvest
Jekka's Herb Cookbook also features 250 original recipes that use her top-50 garden herbs. The recipes include: SaladsSandwichesStewsBeveragesDessertsMeatPoultrySeafood dishesCondiments and sauces
There are international recipes, such as salsa verde, and familiar favorites, such as caraway seed cake. Extraordinary color illustrations highlight McVicar's knowledgeable and enthusiastic descriptions.
For cooks and herb gardeners, Jekka's Herb Cookbook is a fascinating guide to using herbs in practical and inspiring recipes.
"Veteran organic herb farmer McVicar (The Complete Herb Cookbook) collects her 50 favorite herbs into this all-encompassing reference. From angelica to wild strawberries, McVicar imparts a wealth of knowledge, including historical uses, growing and harvesting tips, and ideas for getting the most out of a surplus yield for each plant (a simple and freezable compound butter is often the solution). Even cooks lacking a green thumb will find new favorites among the book's recipes for Basil Mayo, Celery Leaf and Mashed Parsnip Patties, homemade mustards, and Mediterranean Tomato and Rosemary Soup. Though some of the entries, like Good King Henry, Elder, and Rock Samphire, a cousin of fennel, aren't as common on these shores as they are across the pond, cooks interested in broadening their herbal repertoire will appreciate their inclusion even if they never attempt Marigold Cookies or Horseradish Vinegar. Rounded out with dinner party trivia Catnip has antiseptic qualities and is a terrific accompaniment to lamb, Roman soldiers were given garlic cloves daily to sustain their strength, lavender's great at keeping flies out of the kitchen McVicar's eminently readable guide to herbs is sure to inspire and liven up many a meal. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"What's exciting and clever about what Jekka has done with this book is that she's focused on a 'hit-list,' her top-50 cooking herbs of all time, and gives you delicious and exciting ways of using them." -- From the foreword