Review by Booklist Review
Sombke covers everything from preparing the soil for planting to preparing herbal dishes. In a chapter on herb gardening basics, he gives information on planning and planting, with tips on mulching, watering, and propagating. Sombke follows with a chapter on growing 50 annual and perennial herbs, each entry including a photograph and a description of the herb, giving height, light requirements, and moisture preferences. A third chapter covers the basics of harvesting and preserving herbs, and another covers cooking with them. Fifty recipes for herbs in soups, salads, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, pastas, breads, and desserts are included. A final chapter gives 10 garden designs, including an early American herb garden, a kitchen herb garden, an herbal tea garden, and a container herb garden. Each design includes a plan and an illustration of the garden, along with tips on planting and growing each herb. There are 115 color photographs. --George Cohen
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