Herbs have been cultivated and used in cooking for centuries, but the cook's herb garden of the 21st century is a far cry from the formal and ornamental gardens of the past. Most gardeners today don't have the space for a dedicated herb garden, and even if they do, not all herbs thrive in the same conditions. The Cook's Herb Garden Revisited advocates taking a fresh approach to growing herbs by incorporating them in the most appropriate place in the garden - whether it be in the perennial border or by the back door or tap. Providing the best possible growing conditions for each herb means generous harvests and optimum quality for the kitchen. This revised and updated edition of a classic book by these three talented and popular sisters shows how to achieve a varied, year-round supply of herbs and use them creatively in the kitchen. From the familiar, such as parsley and basil, to the unusual, such as perilla and Vietnamese mint, sound and interesting information is given on the history, available varieties, propagation and cultivation, harvesting and culinary uses of over 20 herbs. Numerous tempting recipes will inspire cooks to experiment with herbs in mouth-watering ways.
Mary Browne, Helen Leach and Nancy Tichborne are best known for their joint books The Cook's Garden (1980), More from the Cook's Garden (1987), The New Zealand Bread Book (1981), The Cook's Salad Garden (1997) and The Cook's Herb Garden (2001). Mary Browne, gardener, author and food writer, has been growing herbs for 50 years. She grew and photographed all the herbs in this book and devised and tested the recipes. For many years she wrote a monthly column for NZ House & Garden entitled 'Earthly Pleasures', based on her extensive kitchen garden at Palmerston, Otago. Mary collaborated with Helen on The Pavlova Story. Helen Leach has written for academic and popular audiences on New Zealand's garden history and culinary traditions. For this book she has extensively researched and written about the history of each herb. Helen is also the author of 1000 Years of Gardening in New Zealand, Cultivating Myths and The Pavlova Story. She is an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Otago and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and she lives in Dunedin. Nancy Tichborne is best known as a watercolour artist who produces calendars featuring flowers, gardens and cats, among other things. Nancy Tichborne's Flowers and Nancy Tichborne's Cats featured her work in book form, and her most recent book is Nancy Tichborne's Watercolour World. Her contribution to this book is the beautiful watercolour illustrations of herbs. Nancy lives on Banks Peninsula.