Best Audience: Herbalists and plant-lovers who enjoy stories and memoirs
An herbalist friend long ago recommended Herbs: Partners in Life: Healing, Gardening, and Cooking with Wild Plants by Adele Dawson, and I’m glad she did. I’d read a lot of herbals that were more like how-to books, with lots of information on what herbs can do and how one might grow, process, or use them. Closing the gap between reading all that great information and actually applying it to my life was a challenge for me. Adele helped me bridge that gap.
Herbs: Partners in Life: Healing, Gardening, and Cooking with Wild Plants is a memoir-style look at a year in the life of an herbalist. The book is divided by season. Adele focuses primarily on her garden and the plants growing there in any given season. She talks about cultivation and harvest, preservation and use of the herbs, of course. She also shares a variety of stories surrounding her experience with herbs alongside recipes and practices you can try yourself through out the year. She offers a short description of a wide variety of herbs you’ll find growing in each season.
Since I first read Herbs: Partners in Life: Healing, Gardening, and Cooking with Wild Plants, I’ve often returned to it to refresh my passion for the herbs of the coming season. I love Adele’s story-telling style. It rambles slightly, like a well-trained Rambling Rose, yet never seems to diverge too far from the main point. If you’re looking for an herbal that reads like a book, Herbs: Partners in Life: Healing, Gardening, and Cooking with Wild Plants is a perfect choice.
Bottom Line: Herbs: Partners in Life: Healing, Gardening, and Cooking with Wild Plants by Adele Dawson has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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