KG Bookshelf: July 2012
By: Web Editor
Our pick of the crop of new gardening titles reviewed by Gay Armstrong
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Mini plant guide
A Pocket Guide to Plants and Gardening is a beautifully illustrated mini encyclopedia on the science and stories behind the plants we encounter every day.
An informative reference book, it is designed to answer all the questions about plants from the basics of their lifecycle to life-changing inventions in plant science and cultivation.
This concise but comprehensive little volume has clear instructions and diagrams, maps, timelines etc., offering the perfect interactive guide to plants for gardeners of all ages and experience.
A Pocket Guide to Plants and Gardening by Elizabeth McCorquodale is published by black dog publishing in softback, priced £9.95.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Gardeners of all ages and experience.
Handy herb Book
If you want a comprehensive yet concise and very handy little book on herbs, The Herb Garden For Cooks is just perfect.
Along with a photographic catalogue of more than 120 culinary herbs are notes on flavour, best growing conditions and how to use in the kitchen.
There are also inspirational planting schemes for window boxes and pots.
Packed with more than 60 delicious recipes, it includes flavoured butters, oils and vinegars, rubs and marinades, sauces and salsas, salads and soups, desserts, cordials and teas, plus charts on best herb-with-food flavour combinations.
The Herb Garden For Cooks by Jeff Cox is published by Dorling Kindersley in softback, priced £6.99.
WHO IS IT FOR?
A practical plot-to-plate guide for anyone wanting to grow and cook with herbs successfully.
A guide to being ‘honestly healthy’
Honestly Healthy is more than just a cookbook – it is a fully illustrated guide using a revolutionary new alkaline lifestyle and promoting balanced and healthy living.
Organic gourmet vegetarian chef Natasha Corrett and leading nutritional therapist Vicki Edgson combine their expertise to clearly explain the principles and benefits of this kind of eating, identifying both alkalising and acid-forming foods, and offering the modern cook a host of flavoursome, easy-to-prepare recipes recommended for different times of the day and different stages of life.
The first section deals with the basics: the principles of healthy eating, carbohydrates and protein, the identification of alkalising and acid-forming foods and the ways in which an alkaline diet can nourish the body without placing the digestive system under strain.
The second section features mouth-watering recipes, including bread, cakes, pancakes, ice-creams and other such treats, illustrating just how easy it is to prepare this delicious and nutritious food.
Honestly Healthy is published by Jacqui Small in hardback, priced £20.
WHO IS IT FOR?
For those who want a clear explanation of alkalising foods and their healing and preventative properties.
Garlic – magical and mighty
Garlic is not only a favourite ingredient in cooking but promises astonishing healing powers too.
A book totally dedicated to the furtherance of Garlic, Garlic: The Mighty Bulb provides a comprehensive guide to its origins and growing it, cooking and healing with it.
It is written by someone who knows – Natasha Edwards, who grew up on her parents’ world-renowned garlic farm on the Isle of Wight.
The main section offers 40 delicious recipes from all over the world, which are rubber stamped by celebrity cook Clarissa Dickson Wright who has written the foreword. They range from basic but delicious garlic bread to the more exotic Som tam, a green papaya salad from Thailand.
There are detailed chapters on the origin and cultivation of garlic, the best varieties to grow from the hundreds available and garlic for health and use in home remedies.
Garlic: The Mighty Bulb is published by Kyle Books in softback, priced £14.99.
WHO IS IT FOR?
For anyone who would like to learn more about the magical ‘Mighty Bulb’.
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