Herbs: A Global History

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861899255
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Series: Reaktion Books - Edible Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,009,599
  • Product dimensions: 4.75 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

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

Recipes
References
Bibliography
Websites and Associations
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Hi

    Higwwehrfdvhdwf bad book no get hswdd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Sparkleshine

    "No, it's more than that! He's a murderer! He should have been forced out of his clan, not me!" She hisses. "I'm not a murderer!" She wails. She runs to rise from ash last result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    A cat

    Jumps in and says were is she

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Nighrmare

    He chuckled "im not staying." He disapped into the shadows and dark alleys of bloodclan.

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    Posted March 9, 2014

    Sweetwind

    Gtg bbl

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    Posted March 9, 2014

    Spidereyes

    Falls down and starts licking his tail

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Flameheart

    Pads to gathering

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Snowyheart

    She was fast although she was two moons pregnant. She reared up, slashing with her razor-sharp claws.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Headaches

    Who knows a good herb for this?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Goldpaw

    Picked some thyme and paded back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    A cat

    Slashed at midnight and bit the neck and ranoff

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Hazelmist

    Hazelmist was geting herbs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Midnight

    Dodged swiftly then ran into the forest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Important Medicines and Their Uses, part 2

    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).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    H

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Blackfire

    Grabbs herbs then padded out
    ~Blackfire~

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    Silverpaw

    Grabs honey comfrey horse tail dock catmint moise bile water mint yerrow do u know what theese herbs r for? She asked to see if she knew

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Sakura

    She followed her sister. Since she was pitch black she mobed like shadow throught the night.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Moonlight

    Moonlight looked around catiously before jumping the fence. They were many leagues away from MacMoon pack's territory by now. She paused and waited for Sakura. |~M00NLIGH†

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

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    Heatherkit never actually showed up. Now we have moved to papaya first result. You might want to try again. |~•Petalfall•~|

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