“Field Guide to Herbs and Spices” by Aliza Green

By: kmom14

Mar 15 2014

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I checked this out from our local library as I am considering buying some fresh herb plants to use in my cooking and wanted more information for storing and using them.

This book is more of a pocket reference to take with you to farmer’s market to identify the herb (there is a section with pictures in the back) and what to look for in selecting, but it also included the cleaning and storing information I was looking for.  It is well written and easy to understand.

It also includes what types of other ingredients to combine the herb with and also a recipe for the herb or spice.  It is chocked full of information about common and not so common herbs and spices and has an easy to read layout and it is small enough it can fit into a large purse or bag (although it is truly too big to fit into an average pocket).

My only suggestion for improving, and it was probably not done this way to keep costs down and keep it a smaller book, , is to start each section with a picture of the herb or spice for identifying and maybe so pictures of examples of what not to buy and pictures of the recipes.

Also, the pictures are more of an artistic version on a white background framed in green.  While this looks suitable for framing, I would prefer to see a good example you would find in a garden or farmer’s market.

On a scale of 1-5 I would rate this a 4.5 as it does seem like a good reference and worth checking out at your local library if you want to learn more about buying fresh herbs and spices to see if you want to invest in buying the book.

They have this book for sale on Amazon and I am sure many other places.

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