Herbs: A Global History

Herbs: A Global History

by Gary Allen


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Salsa and guacamole wouldn’t be the same without cilantro, and you can’t make pizza without oregano or a mojito without mint. You can use peppermint to settle an upset stomach, ease arthritis pain with stinging nettle, and heal burns and wounds with aloe vera. And then there is cannabis—perhaps the most notorious and divisive herb of all. Despite the fact that herbs are often little more than weeds, cultures around the globe have found hundreds of uses for them, employing them in everything from ancient medicines to savory dishes. While much has been written on cooking and healing with herbs, little has been told about the history of the plants themselves and the incredible journeys they have made.

This book elucidates how these often overlooked plants have become a staple in our lives. Unlike spices that quickly traversed the globe through trade, Gary Allen shows that herbs were often hoarded by their cultivators and were central to distinctive regional dishes. He draws on his extensive knowledge of food history to examine herbs in new ways, making Herbs essential reading for any serious foodie. Filled with beautiful illustrations and delicious recipes, this book will complete the kitchen library.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781861899255
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Series: Reaktion Books - Edible Series
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 694,175
Product dimensions: 4.75(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gary Allen is on the board of directors at the Unison Arts and Learning Center in New Paltz, New York. He has written many food-related articles in the past and is the author of The Herbalist in the Kitchen.

Table of Contents


1. What, Exactly, Are Herbs?
2. The Usual Suspects
3. A Less Eurocentric Herbarium
4. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Plants
5. The Herbal Melting Pot

Websites and Associations
Photo Acknowledgements

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Herbs: A Global History 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Jumps in and says were is she
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Falls down and starts licking his tail
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads to gathering
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She was fast although she was two moons pregnant. She reared up, slashing with her razor-sharp claws.
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He chuckled "im not staying." He disapped into the shadows and dark alleys of bloodclan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hazelmist was geting herbs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stinging nettle~the green seeds can be administered t a cat who's swallowed poison, while the leaves can be applied to a wound to bring down swelling.<p> Tansy~a strong-smelling plant with round, yellow flowers. Good for curing coughs, but must be eaten in small dosses.<p> Thyme~this herb can be eaten to calm anxiety and frayed nerves.<p> Watermynt~a leafy green plant found in streams or damp earth. Usually chewed into a pulp and then fed to a cat suffering bellyache.<p> Wild garlic~rolling in a patch of wild garlic can help prevent infection, especially for dangerous wounds like rat bites.<p> Yarrow~a flowering plantwhose leaves can be made into a poultise and applied to wounds or scratches to expel poison.<p>...<br>...<br>...<br>...<br>...<br>...<br>...<br>...<br>...<br>...<br>...<br>...<br>...<br>...<br>...<br>...<br> Deathberries~red berries that can be fatally poisonous to kits and elders. They are NOT a medicine. Known to Twolegs as yew berrires. BEWARE!<br>...<br>...<br>...<br> Other medicines at next res('herbs' res 3).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Berrypaw grabs honey,comfry,feverfew,watermint,yarrow,mouse bile,marigold,burdock root,cobwebs,catnip,chervil,poppy seeds,coltsfoot,dried oak leaves,goldenrod,lavender,stinging nettle seeds,ans tansy.carries in sections back to camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heatherkit never actually showed up. Now we have moved to papaya first result. You might want to try again. |~&bull;Petalfall&bull;~|
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Neve mind