Cook's Herb Garden
Mary Browne, Helen Leach
& Nancy Tichborne
three talented sisters have done it again, with the long-awaited
herbal companion to their popular Cook's Salad Garden,
which won the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the
Year award in 1999.
The Cook's Herb Garden
includes everything you need to know to grow, harvest and enjoy
fresh herbs in the garden and kitchen. Mary Browne grew all the
herbs and photographed them, Nancy Tichborne painted the lovely
watercolour titles and illustrations and Helen Leach, an associate
professor of anthropology at Otago University, researched the history
of each herb.
The result is an authoritative
book that yields more hints, tips and clever culinary ideas each
time you browse its pages. The tasty recipes include many old staples,
such as tarragon vinegar, parsley soup and lavender lemonade. Then
there are the authors' family favourites, like Aunt Maude's Meat
Paste, from an old recipe they learned from their mother. Among
the yummier treats to try at this time of the year are strawberries
with a lemon thyme marinade and refreshing mint green sparkler -
the ideal pick-me-up after a hard day in the garden.
Best of all, this book
shows that you don't need to be an accomplished chef to make full
use of easily grown herbs, as each chapter includes a list of simple
ways to incorporate herbs into your meals. Take sage - you can fry
it with asparagus, beans and artichokes, or add the chopped leaves
to garlic bread for robust soups, or soak in sugar syrup to infuse
summer fruits. Delicious!
Gardener, Issue 86, November 15-28, 2001, Page 31
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH