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.
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
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.
A Global History
by Gary Allen