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First of all, this is a very nice-looking book. Fabric covers, art-deco lettering, lovely illustrations for each plant. It looks like it would have been published decades ago, not just 5 years ago. On top of that, it's just a good read. I actually read it cover to cover because although it is a list, it is written in a very conversational style, with each entry providing an explanation of the name of the herb, a look at its history and historical uses, and then modern knowledge and use about it ...more
This brightened one of the darker, colder months for me with lovely, chatty descriptions of 75 herbs. For each entry, the author begins with the etymology of the herb's name (often very interesting), and goes on to relate a bit of herbal history, including what antique or ancient authors believed the herb to be useful for. Then he rounds out each description with a note on the herb's 'real' uses - that is, medicinal or therapeutic effects that more modern studies show the herb to possess. Each e ...more
Jan 05, 2009 else fine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: book nerds, plant nerds, grammar nerds
Recommended to else by: the alluring stack on the bookstore table
I loved everything about this book - the solid, heavy blue cloth binding, the arts and crafts lettering, the satisfying heft of the book in my hand, the full color plates, and the delightfully ornate and witty prose (he had me at "weedy ubiquity") full of useful and interesting information. Highly recommended for everyone who loves plants, words, and a well-crafted book.