Book Review – Grow Your Own Herbs: The 40 Best Culinary Varieties for Home Gardens by Susan Belsinger and Arthur O. Tucker

Goodreads Synopsis:

Nothing tastes better than herbs harvested fresh from the garden. In Grow Your Own Herbs, garden experts Susan Belsinger and Arthur O. Tucker share everything a new gardener or home cook needs to know to grow the forty most important culinary herbs. Grow Your Own Herbs starts with basic gardening information with details on soil, watering, and potting. Profiles of 40 herbs—including popular varieties like basil, bay laurel, lemon verbena, tarragon, savory, thyme, and more—feature tasting notes, cultivation information, and harvesting tips. Additional information includes instructions for preserving and storing, along with techniques for making delicious pastes, syrups, vinegar, and butters. Grow Your Own Herbs is perfect for those new to gardening, gardeners with limited space, and anyone looking to add fresh herbs to their daily meals.

My Opinion:

Herbs have become a staple in our vegetable garden for the past few years, but I am always unsure of what to plant. I was really excited when I ran across this book and looked forward learning all about herbs.

This book does not miss a beat! It educates us on planting condition, provides harvesting tips, and teaches us how to maintain the health of your herbs. It also provides a few fun herb recipes such as syrups, vinegars, pastes, and butters.

I was particularly interested in the tasting notes and cooking tips for all 40 herbs. They are extremely detailed and very informative. They give tips on how to use them, what flavors to expect, and in some cases how to cut them.

While at the garden center over the weekend I picked up a few herbs – sweet basil, dill, cilantro and oregano. I saw a purple basil and was intrigued by its beautiful color but did not know how to use it, so I passed it up. According to this book, it looks beautiful among the green herbs in the garden, but is not particularly flavorful. We have limited space in our garden so while I would have enjoyed the purple color, I am now glad I decided to skip it.

I have no doubt that this book will be quite useful for anyone wanting a bit more education in growing herbs.

*Thank you NetGalley and Timber Press for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.

Be sure to preorder your copy today!

Amazon US – 6/25/2019
Amazon UK – 8/1/2019

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9 thoughts on “Book Review – Grow Your Own Herbs: The 40 Best Culinary Varieties for Home Gardens by Susan Belsinger and Arthur O. Tucker

  1. I love herbs. I am finally having my own patch now I’ve moved house to start growing. Just buying the plants already grown but have some Basil seeds. I have a few books but nothing comprehensive

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  2. Oh this seems like a great read! I love growing herbs and I have a variety in my garden, but I don’t know how to use some properly in the kitchen (for example my curry plant). It sounds like a very insightful read.

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      1. Thanks for checking anyway! I’m guessing the curry powder is made from the flowers? The plant itself smells lovely of curry every time I touch it, so I don’t mind having it in my garden even if I don’t end up using it in the kitchen. 😉


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