paper, 112 p., $17.95
A treasure that will be enjoyed by all lovers of culinary and herbal plants, this book focuses on the herbal survivors of the ancient eruption of Vesuvius, studied by this urbane archeologist and botanist. Precise, charming drawings and authoritative references to classical authors combine to produce a small masterpiece that will appeal to a wide audience. Some of these ancient plants are today's trendy greens, like purslane and Diplotaxis tenuifolia, the wild rucola, which has displaced arugula in the kitchens of many fine chefs. Truly impressive.
— John Swenson