New cookbook on herbs

January 24, 1993|By Nancy Weaver | Nancy Weaver,McClatchy News Service

For the cook who savors the sweet smell of fresh-picked basil, the pungency of tarragon and the other distinctive aromas and ** flavors of herbs, the books of Emelie Tolley and Chris Mead -- "Cooking with Herbs," "Gifts from the Herb Garden" -- are probably well-known.

Now their newest book, "The Herbal Pantry" (Potter, $18), is packed with recipes as fresh as herbs plucked from your own garden.

Flavoring food is what the book is all about. Information for stocking not only your own pantry but for using herbs as gifts is included.

"The Herbal Pantry" includes the basics of cooking and preserving with herbs for the novice, then advances to more exotic uses.

Home-bottled vinegars, oils, jams, jellies, pickles, chutneys, syrups and other herbed delights are included in

the book's 150 recipes for preserving the pleasures of fresh herbs. From herbal teas to liqueurs, from mustards to salt substitutes, this book has a little of everything.

Beautifully photographed, this cookbook would make a lovely present for any cook or gardener.

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