Forest + Home Cookbook Review

Forest + Home Cookbook Review

Title: Forest + Home: Cultivating an Herbal Kitchen
Author: Spencre McGowan
Published: September 27, 2022, Andrews McMeel Publishing
No. of Pages: 216
Cover Price: $24.99, $8.99

Anyone who loves to cook with herbs should pick up Spencre McGowan’s excellent book, Forest + Home: Cultivating an Herbal Kitchen, which is a book dedicated to herbs, and full of excellent recipes using them.

This book has well-written chapters on which herbs to grow and harvest, and hints on storing herbs (although no how-to instructions on actually setting up a kitchen garden). It also includes a list of herbs used for medicinal purposes, as well as culinary purposes and edible flowers. Kitchen essentials and pantry essentials are also listed. While the lists aren’t exhaustive and don’t cover all herbs, it does cover most herbs that we will want to include in our own herb gardens.

The recipes are organized according to the seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. They are very appealing, and include plenty of herbs that we can grow or purchase at the grocery store. There is a variety of recipes covering beverages, breakfasts, mains, breads and crackers, appetizers, sauces, and desserts. Many are very appealing, and will inspire herb lovers to grow more herbs such as nettles, dandelion greens, and fiddlehead ferns in their own gardens.

The recipes are written in the traditional manner with the ingredients listed first, followed by step-by-step instructions to insure that the recipes turn out perfectly. Also included are gorgeous, professional photographs of not only the recipes, but also scenery that includes the beautiful herbs.
Anyone who likes the idea of having a personal herb garden as well as cooking with herbs can learn to do it right by picking up this book.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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