Colonial Herbs and Spices by well-known food writer Patricia B. Mitchell is full of fascinating information, quotations, and descriptions about the typical usages of 23 of colonial America's most common spices and herbs. It offers brief descriptions of the cultivation requirements of the herbs, including four authentic recipes and 168 research notes. Especially helpful is the explanation of ancient herbals, "humors," and the "Doctrine of Signatures." Anyone planning an historic herb garden needs this book. (And it makes good reading even if you wish to be an armchair gardener!)
- By Patricia B. Mitchell
- Descriptions and typical usages of 23 of colonial America's most common spices and herbs
- Four authentic recipes included
- 37 pages
If practicing domesticity well, the Colonial woman could not fail to know and grow herbs. The family depended upon herbs for medicine, food, and for a pleasant touch of beauty and fragrance. The American colonial wife did not cultivate spices, since they thrive in tropical climes, but she certainly enjoyed utilizing those exotic spices in her kitchen and home.