How fortunate we are to have found a
small stash of Laura Fronty's wonderful book on scent. We have been
looking for a book like this for some time. Unfortunately, a lot of the
really wonderful herb books are being discontinued.
The photos in this book are top notch
as the book itself is. Her first chapter is on scents from plants. After
a little history and some old world recipes, Ms. Fronty dives right into
some do-it-yourself potpourri recipes, like her green mix full of your
own home grown herbs. These are followed by simple yet elegant fragrant
bouquets, and table decorations.
The second chapter incense and
essences suitable for perfuming the air. Remember this is a book in the
French tradition so there are delightful detours into things like
incense papers and simple to create fruit candles.
The next chapter takes to our beauty
routine. Make your own violet water. read about the history of Eau de
Cologne, and create an English-style perfumed vinegar. Several body oil
an soap recipes are also included.
And, let us not ignore the laundry.
The wonderful narrative continues telling us that a very famous king
required his washerwomen to wear underwear scented of soap powder made
from cloves and nutmeg. This section is where you will find wonderful
sachets like the one from the South of France full of lavender and
rosemary and other Meditteranean goodies. And, don't miss the exotic
scented water recipe for pillows with mandarin and jasmine essence. Who
wouldn't sleep better?
Lastly, we even have food. Her
statement that good-quality herbs are a must in French cooking pretty
much says it all. Perfume your jelly with scented geraniums or make a
cake with green tea. History and a few pertinent recipes fill you with
A glossary and shopping guide come in
at the end. This is a very beautiful book full of history and fun
references. It has already become a classic.