The Culinary Herbal for Vegetable Gardeners

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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Susan Belsinger, culinary herb expert and VegetableGardener contributing editor, prepares to present one of her delicious programs at the Country Living Fair in early June.
The Culinary Herbal is a complete gardeners guide to the herbs that will make a vegetable garden complete.
Susan Belsinger, culinary herb expert and VegetableGardener contributing editor, prepares to present one of her delicious programs at the Country Living Fair in early June.Click To Enlarge

Susan Belsinger, culinary herb expert and VegetableGardener contributing editor, prepares to present one of her delicious programs at the Country Living Fair in early June.

Photo: Jodi Torpey

The Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, N.Y., was a chance for vegetable gardeners to learn something new. Whether it was picking up new seeds and plants or learning new how-to's, everyone left with a few new ideas.

The gardeners and cooks who stopped by the Kitchen Stage, had the chance to learn all about herbs from VegetableGardener.com's own Susan Belsinger.

Susan was on the program in early June to talk about ways to enliven recipes with home-grown culinary herbs and sign copies of her new book. 

As a well-known culinary herbalist, Susan has spent years taking photos and writing about food for national magazines, newspapers and her blog here on VegetableGardener.com. New York was just one stop as she travels extensively presenting programs and demonstrating creative ideas for using herbs in the kitchen.

The Culinary Herbal: Growing and Preserving 97 Flavorful Herbs (Timber Press, 2016) is a complete guide to getting more enjoyment from the herbal harvest. Written with Arthur O. Tucker, and photography by Shawn Lineham, the book is a wonderful addition to a vegetable gardener's library.

The book begins with an interesting introduction to the modern-day culinary herbal experience. In this intro, the authors answer the question, "Why do we put herbs in our soups, casseroles, desserts, and beverages?" 

The following chapters include detailed descriptions of the culinary herbs and ideas for growing them. Susan and her co-author also describe many ways for preserving the herbal harvest and even include master recipes for putting the harvest to its best use.

Among the beautiful photographs are dozens of familiar and lesser known herbs from Ajowan to Wood Sorrel. The book also includes a few plants that aren't usually considered herbs, like chile peppers.

The entire herbal package certainly makes for fascinating reading (and eating).


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Comments (13)

ajayind writes: ultimate
Posted: 2:06 am on October 1st
Dallinlarsen4 writes: i like it
Posted: 3:17 am on September 30th
Dallin_larsen1 writes: good
Posted: 2:57 am on September 23rd
Johnychamp writes: like it
Posted: 6:24 am on September 17th
DallinLarsen writes: fabulous
Posted: 2:14 am on September 15th
matthewtweedie writes: Lovely Kitchen
Posted: 1:01 am on August 26th
Elodyanson writes: Wow it's really informative, gardeners learn new things about gardening!!
Posted: 12:57 am on August 22nd
erichawkins writes: It's the perfect
Posted: 2:04 am on August 8th
Raffaelesamuele writes: Informative!
Posted: 12:53 am on August 8th
JessePinkman writes: very inspiring!
Posted: 10:09 am on August 7th
ggghome writes: Wow, how nice of you to share this with us! Thank you so much Jodi!
Posted: 8:24 pm on June 22nd
PromoPeople writes: That's so awesome! Thank you so much for sharing Jodi!
Posted: 1:04 pm on June 22nd
cookinwithherbs writes: wow jody--thanks for the kudos and lovely write-up! it was a pleasure to finally meet you--i only wish we had more time to visit. it's always nice to meet someone in person after reading their articles for years--since i feel like i know you. i recognized you right away from your vegetable gardener pic even without your hat. ;) thank you for your years of great blogs--i look forward to more.
happy herbing,
susan
Posted: 1:39 pm on June 20th
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