Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Southern Woman's Guide to Herbs

A Southern Woman’s Guide to Herbs
By author: Jaclyn Weldon White
Publication Date: September, 2013

Binding Information: Paperback 

Book Description:
In A SOUTHERN WOMAN'S GUIDE TO HERBS, Jaclyn Weldon White takes a break from penning stories of murder and mayhem to share her love and knowledge of growing and using herbs, the helpful plants. In a manner as informal as a neighborly chat, White explores designing herb gardens to suit the reader and gives common sense tips on planting and caring for them. 
In later chapters, she concentrates on preserving herbs for year-round use and shares some of her favorite recipes, covering everything from cocktails to desserts. The shrimp and herb pasta for two is perfect for a romantic evening while the lavender cookies with their pastel icing will have the kids begging for more. In addition to using herbs for cooking, White presents a number of the most common medicinal and cosmetic uses for these plants along with a delightful chapter of herbal crafts. There’s even a humorous segment on herbal magic for readers who might want to whip up a quick love potion.
Illustrated with the author’s own photographs, A SOUTHERN WOMAN'S GUIDE TO HERBS will be a book you read and consult over and over again.
Idgie Says: 
This is a slim guide to herbs that's actually incredibly informative, regardless of it's small size.  It is chock full of photos, recipes, guides to planting and care of herbs - and which herbs do what.  The recipes all look delightful.
The information on medicinal herbs can be nothing but helpful, even if you tend to keep a full medicine cabinet, it's nice to know what emergency "go to herbs" you can grab out of your garden.

Finally, a small craft section shows the pretty ways you can take the more attractive herbs and keep them forever in your home.

If you're a gardener, or even thinking about starting a small herb garden to accent your cooking - I would say this is a must have book.