paper, 248 pp., $16.99
Garden fresh herbs impart flavor and fragrance that dried packaged products simply can’t. Now, everyone with access to a sunny area, windowsill or patio, garden or containers can grow herbs. Gilbertie tells the story of his Italian grandparents, whose family settled in Connecticut, grew flowers and then herbs amid the prosperous estates until he was given the stamp of approval by Martha Stewart. He is the third generation of his family and now the largest wholesale herb grower in the country.
In a very complete text, the authors discuss starting from seed and other cultural information. There are garden sketches of herbs needed for an Italian trattoria menu, aromatic seasoning, and a Tex–Mex feast. This is a revised edition of the 1978 book, and is updated with new cultivars and sources, as the gastronomic influences and popularity of herbs. It should be the standard text for anyone interested in knowing and growing herbs.
— Adele Kleine, volunteer and garden writer, Chicago Botanic Garden