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I downloaded this in one of my public domain sprees thinking it would be quaint little booklet, but I was surprised by both the writing and the content. Most of the info I already knew; it's amazing how little has changed in herb gardening in 100 years. The real gem was the writing style, which drew such a picture of middle-class life in 1912 - to him it was just anecdotes and sarcasm, but a century later it's great cultural history. Bonus points for the cantankerous intro bemoaning how "the ...more
Clearly this book is a labor of love-- an author's passion and respect for the herbs' contribution to flavoring a variety of cuisine. It is written in feature style with considerable information in each of the topic discussed--cultivation, harvest, curing, and uses of herbs. I believe I am less ignorant now of the usefulness of herbs for its foliage, seeds, and roots to spice up a dish . I am also encouraged by this book to try my hand on the backyard cultivation of herbs.