The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs ($12.95, 152 pp), by horticulturist Charles W.G. Smith, offers in-depth profiles of 26 basic herbs, with full-color photos. Herbs such as basil and bay laurel are described in detail, including growing, harvesting and preserving each herb. Further lessons on cooking techniques help expand one’s culinary horizon. For the gardener looking for plants to expand and complement their vegetable gardens, this guide is a good start.
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