Do You have yours? Herb Society of America’s Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herbs

HSA Bk I recently caught wind that The Herb Society of America’s herbaliciously-tremendous book Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herbs is going into a third printing. This is great news, because proceeds from this book do go toward the National Herb Garden located at the United States National Arboretum in Washington, DC.

If you do not have a copy of this book or are looking for a great gift idea, I highly recommend it! I wrote about it when it was first published in the fall of 2007. You can see my review here, by clicking on this link:

For more information about this book, click on this link:

I am honored to be included as a contributor to this book.


Herb of 2009: Sweet Bay/Bay Laurel/Bay Leaf

Herb of 2009

Herb of 2009

Happy New Year!

In with the New Year comes the “Herb of the Year”…

The “Herb of the Year” for 2009 is Sweet Bay also referred to as Bay Laurel, and often referred to as Bay Leaf (Laurus nobilius).

First, a bit about the designation “Herb of the Year”:

The International Herb Association (IHA) designates the Herb of the Year. IHA began selecting the Herb of the Year in 1995.

International Herb Association designations for the “Herb of the Year”:

1995 – Fennel
1996 – Monarda (bee balm)
1997 – Thyme
1998 – Mint
1999 – Lavender (genus Lavandula)
2000 – Rosemary (genus Rosemarinus)
2001 – Sage (genus Salvia)
2002 – Echinacea (genus Echinacea)
2003 – Basil (genus Ocimum)
2004 – Garlic (species Allium sativum)
2005 – Oregano/marjoram (genus Origanum)
2006 – Scented geraniums (genus Pelargonium)
2007 – Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
2008 – Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
2009 – Sweet Bay/Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
2010 – Dill (Anethum graveolens)

For more information on the 2009 Herb of the Year Sweet Bay, Bay Laurel/Bay Leaf, click on this link:

Click here for a downloadable factsheet (PDF), courtesy of the Herb Society of America

All best wishes for a Happy-Healthy-Herby 2009!

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The Herb Society of America’s Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herbs

HSA Bk The Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking With Herbs

            More than a cookbook and more than a gardening manual – a delightful combination!

Are you searching for a great gift idea for a gardener, an accomplished cook or someone who is a combination of the two? How about a gift for an herbal enthusiast? Are you looking for an informative herby read?

The Herb Society of America’s The Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herbs provides detailed information for cultivating a variety of popular herbs, along with simple herbal recipes that will satisfy even fussiest gourmet. 

The book is divided into 3 sections: 

The first part provides horticultural information for 63 herbs found in the National Herb Garden’s Culinary Garden. Descriptive information includes the common and botanical names, family, origin, and growing requirements. 

In the second section of the guide, Herb Society of America members offer over 200 classic and creative recipes incorporating a variety of herbs. 

The final portion of the book features a personal tour of the 2.5 acre National Herb Garden, located at the center of the United States National Arboretum, in the heart of Washington, D.C. The descriptive narrative spotlights the themed gardens which illustrate the various uses of herbs and includes complete plants lists for each area. 

The sale of this book is to benefit the National Herb Garden, so you see your purchase is truly a gift that keeps on giving. 

As a Lifetime Member of the Herb Society of America, I am pleased to be a part of this benefit for the National Herb Garden, with one of my recipes selected and included in this book. 

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