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    Basil: An Herb Lover's Guide

    Debaggio, Thomas
    Belsinger, Susan (Contributor)

    Interweave Press
    Published: September 1996
    ISBN: 1883010195

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    According to DeBaggio, Linnaeus in 1792 could name eight species of basil, arguably the most popular culinary herb today. A wealth of varieties are available with distinctive aromas, flavors, and forms--enticing cooks and gardeners alike. DeBaggio's enthusiastic guide celebrates basil's origins, delves into its lore, explains the compounds produced by the plant's "little chemical factory," and offers cultural advice. Most of all, Debaggio helps clarify the many types of basil. Whether growing basil for its beauty or purchasing plants to harvest, lovers of this ancient herb can utilize the guide's up-to-date information and will enjoy Belsinger's appealing array of recipes. Alice Joyce

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    Basil takes the reader on an ambrosial journey of flavor and fragrance. The first part of Basil covers ever aspect of the history, planting, growing, harvesting, and storing basil in all its varieties. The latter part of Basil is dedicated to some of the most mouthwatering, appetite generating recipes any herb lover could hope for. From "Salad with Purple and Lettuce Leaf Basils" and "Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Pudding" to "Italian Style Pesto" and "Citrus... read more

    Book Description
    Thomas DeBaggio and Susan Belsinger, popular authors from Interweave's Herb Companion magazine, present a growing/cooking double feature in this comprehensive book. Thomas gives instructions on growing basil from seed and from cuttings, in the garden, on the terrace, in indoor light gardens; he also traces the herb's history and lore and profiles 45 popular varieties in depth. Susan provides 36 basil recipes created especially for the book, including basil bloody marys, fool-proof pesto, and white bean and pasta salad.

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