best herb books

lenahall(7b)July 5, 2013

i'm looking for suggestions for good herb books for a beginner. I saw on one post that Homegrown Herbs by Tammi Hartung. Any others?

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margowicz(8/9 UK)

I got jekka from a recommendition from someone on here flora_uk I seam to remember

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 5:53PM
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balloonflower(5b Denver CO, HZ 5-6, Sunset 2b)

I recommended the Tammi Hartung book in another post. Still love it for basic growing/use info.

If you're into getting serious culinary with fresh herbs, then I also like The Herbfarm Cookbook by Jerry Traunfeld. Most of the recipes aren't for general home cook, more suited to restaurant, but there are bunches of charts on uses of herbs that are very useful, and some basic recipes for such as herbed sauces, creams, sorbets, etc.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 1:10AM
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nickl(Z7a NJ)

All of the herb books in our library are the classics.

For up-to date information, we rely on publications by the Herb Society of America. Some of them are freely available to the public on the HSA website, but for others you have to be a member..

Here is a link that might be useful: The HSA'a Essential Guide to The Beginner's Herb Garden

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 10:04AM
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lenahall(7b)

thanks, y'all!! i ordered the hartung and jekka books from half.com and will def check out the hsa's guide!!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 10:41AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

What are you looking for in a book? Growing, recipes, medicinal and other uses as well as culinary, a combination, ? It would help us suggest titles.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 6:16PM
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lenahall(7b)

i would say i'm looking for a good combination of all uses as well as optimal conditions for them and maybe some ideas on companion plantings...

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 8:51PM
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nicuuv

I recommend the internet..it is big, it is free and it is the best encyclopedia

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 11:18AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

But books that provide a good reference are so valuable and make it soooooo easy to access information ---- especially for new herb gardeners.

For 1 all around book, I do love New Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses by Deni Bown. See if you can pick up a used copy. It has both growing and using info - including culinary, medicinal, dyeing, etc. herbs. Having info about more than just your standard kitchen herbs is so wonderful.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 3:26PM
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lenahall(7b)

thanks fatamorgana!! i'll check those out.
and there is nothing like the smell of a book!!

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 1:00PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Ah, the smell and the feel of the page.... And curling up with a good book, is like sharing a cup of tea with an old friend. It is priceless.

Good general references on gardening and seed starting are very useful as well to the herb gardener.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 5:13PM
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