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Posted April 13, 2001
I adore this book, I have owned it since 1993. I have the reissue in paperback in the two separate volumes but the drawings in my set were not reproduced with the clarity I found in the hardbound single volume. Mrs. Grieve has excellent advice on growing every conceivable medicinal or culinary herb, and often reflects on the original climate of the herb to show what time of year one might best plant. She actually gives accounts of full-scale harvesting of mass quantities in some cases as well as how to make a cup of something that will quell the tummy. All herbs are listed alphabetically, but there is no index for ailments, which would be very helpful, but such a monstrous undertaking, I am not about to volunteer. This would be the be all and end all book on herbs if not for that shortcoming. A beginner might want to get the Rodale book on herbs in order to look up which common herb might fit his particular medicinal need, along with this timeless gem.
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