A Celebration of Herbs is
a cookbook that pairs herbs with the right foods in the most tantalizing
ways. Compiled by long-time herb enthusiast Shirley Kerins from recipes
submitted by the staff of the world-famous Huntington Gardens, this
high-quality book enriches our souls as well as our palates by
offering us interesting and pertinent information on the herbs we are
cooking with. Especially helpful for beginning herb users is the chapter
on "Learning to Use Herbs in Cooking." In this chapter, Ms. Kerins has
outlined her "Eight-Step Program for Learning to Cook With Herbs" that
is sure to make cooking with herbs a snap!
Growing tips abound and one would expect
no less, since Ms. Kerins was the curator of the Huntington Herb Gardens
for over 20 years. The traditional recipe categories are there, of
course, but they are generously salted with helpful tidbits and
historical information as one would expect from someone who has lovingly
tended herbs for so many years.
A real treat is the reproduction of 24
color drawings from Elizabeth Blackwell's A Curious Herbal,
published in 1737. One of the 60 known copies of this two-volume gem is
housed in the Huntington's rare book room.