A History of Herbalism: Cure, Cook, and Conjure
A History of Herbalism: Cure, Cook, and Conjure by Emma Kay
Publisher: Pen & Sword History
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine, History, Nonfiction (Adult)
No. of Pages: 219
Date of US Publication: 20 July, 2022
My Rating: 5 Stars
An herbal history written by a food historian. This is exactly something I find utterly intriguing, and I eagerly accepted the opportunity to read an advance copy of this.
Growing up, I was always fascinated by my Italian grandfather’s herb and produce garden - and helped him regularly, learning from his example and words. When I was playing alone, I would make potions. As I grew up, I studied herbs under a mentor for my own benefit and use, and once I became a parent and my youngest child was diagnosed with severe food allergies, given an epi-pen, and that one of her allergens would be so frequently found in many topical products, it was necessary to start making our skin care products and cooking everything from scratch. I started studying again, and became a certified herbalist over ten years ago. I’ve continued with my studies and recipe creation. What started out of need has become a pleasure.
I came to this book from the viewpoint that I am always learning; I will never know enough of the earth and what she gifts us. And this book was fantastic. Thoroughly and wonderfully fantastic. While I did find the history in the beginning of the book to read a little dry; all the rest was fascinating, including the recipes. This is a book I’ll purchase to put in my bookshelf alongside my collection of helpful herbal tomes.
All in all, this is a commendable, excellent resource, and one I especially recommend to herbal students, fans of history, and other people in the world who are as obsessed as I am with really old recipes, and gardeners.
eARC kindly provided by Pen & Sword and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.