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Herb Cuisine

The HSA Library has over 200 books on cooking with herbs and flowers. A selection of these titles is listed below. Also listed are a variety of  videos, pamphlets, and websites on the topic.


Couplan, Francois. The Encyclopedia of Edible Plants of North America. New Canaan, CT: Keats Publishing, 1998.

Facciola, Stephen. Cornucopia II: A Source Book of Edible Plants. Vista, CA: Kampong Publications, 1998.

Holland, B., I.D. Unwin and D. H. Buss. Vegetables, Herbs and Spices: Fifth Supplement to McCance & Widdowson's The Composition of Foods. Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry and Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 1991.

Ortiz, Elisabeth Lambert. The Encyclopedia of Herbs, Spices & Flavorings. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 1992.

Raghavan, Susheela. Handbook of Spices, Seasonings, and Flavorings. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, c2007.

Rinzler, Carol Ann. The New Complete Book of Herbs, Spices and Condiments: A Nutritional, Medical and Culinary Guide. New York: Facts on File, 2001.

Brill, Steve with Evelyn Dean. Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places. New York: Hearst Books, 1994.


Allen, Gary. The Herbalist in the Kitchen. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, c2007.

Barrett, Sharon Kebschull. Desserts from an Herb Garden. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999.

Belsinger, Susan. Flowers in the Kitchen: A bouquet of tasty recipes. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press, 1990.

A Celebration of Herbs: Recipes from the Huntington Herb Garden. San Marino, California: Huntington Library, c2003.

Creasy, Rosalind. The Edible Flower Garden. Boston, MA: Periplus, 1999.

Creasy, Rosaland. The Edible Herb Garden. Boston, MA: Periplus, 1999.

Costenbader, Carol W. Mustards, Ketchups & Vinegars: Making the most of seasonal abundance. Pownal, VT: Storey Communications, 1996.

Gardon, Anne. The Gourmet's Garden: Cooking with Edible Flowers, Herbs and Berries. Laval, Quebec: Green Frog Publ., c2003.

Garlic Lovers' Cookbook. Vol II. Berkeley, California: Celestial Arts, 2005.

Griffith, Linda & Fred Griffith. Garlic, Garlic, Garlic: Exceptional Recipes from the World's most Indispensable Ingredient. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.

Haas, Tim. Basil to Thyme: Culinary Endeavors from the Garden to the Kitchen. Fredonia, Wisconsin: Campion Press, c2004.

Herb Society of America's Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herbs. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: State University Press, c2007.

Hemphill, Ian. The Spice and Herb Bible: A Cook's Guide. Toronto: Robert Rose, 2000.

Hemphill, Ian and Elizabeth Hemphill. Sticks, Seeds, Pods & Leaves: a Cook's Guide to Culinary Spices and Herbs. South Yarra, Vic: Hardie Grant Books, 2007.

Hemphill, John & Rosemary. What Herb Is That? How to grow and use the culinary herbs. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1997.

Keser, Laurel. My Favorite Herb: How North America's Great Chefs Savor the Flavor of Herbs. Montreal: Callawind, 1999.

Lawson, Jane. The Spice Bible. NY: Stewart, Tabor & Chang, 2008.

Long, Jim. Easy Dips using Herbs. Blue Eye, MO: Long Creek Herbs, 2006.

Long, Jim. Easy Homemade Crackers using Herbs. Blue Eye, MO: Long Creek Herbs, 2007.

Long, Jim. Fabulous Herb and Flower Sorbets. Blue Eye, MO: Long Creek Herbs, 2004.

MacMillan, Norma. In a Shaker Kitchen: 100 Recipes from the Shaker Tradition. NY: Simon & Schuster, c1995.

McGee, Harold. On Food and Cooking: the Science and Lore of the Kitchen.  NY: Scribner, 2004.

Ranck, Dawn J. & Phyllis Pellman Good. Deliciously Easy Breads with Herbs. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, c1998.

Saville, Carole. Exotic Herbs: A Compendium of Exceptional Culinary Herbs. New York: Henry Holt, 1997. 

Smith, Suzanne T. Cooking with Lavender. Los Ranchos de Albuquerque: Rio Grande Books, c2008.

Traunfeld, Jerry. The Herbal Kitchen: Cooking with Fragrance and Flavor. New York: William Morrow, 2005.

Tubby, Linda. Cooking with Herbs and Spices. New York: Ryland, Peters & Small, 2006.

Walden, Hilaire. Sensational Preserves. Pleasantville, NY: Readers Digest Association, 1995.


Cooking with Edible Flowers and Culinary Herbs: Video Cookbook and Field Guide - Sinclair Philip, et al. (1990) - 60 minutes

Edible & Medicinal Herbs. Dr. Tilgner's Botanical Series: Volume I - Wise Woman Herbals (1991) - 60 minutes. 

Edible Wild Plants: Video Guide to 100 Useful Wild Herbs - Jim Meuninck and Jim Duke (1998) - 60 minutes 

How to Grow & Cook Herbs - Jeff Ball (1986) - 60 minutes

An Introduction to Herbs: Your Personal Guide to Growing, Harvesting and Cooking with Fresh Herbs - The Herbfarm (1993) - 50 minutes

Sweet Basil: the Culinary Classic - North Carolina A & T State University Cooperative Extension Program (1992) - 16 minutes


Albert, Susan Wittig. Marvelous Mustards & Curious Curries. Bertram, Texas: Thyme & Seasons Books, 1995

South Texas Unit, The Herb Society of America. Please do eat the flowers: Edible Wild Herbs and Plants. n.d. 

The Wisconsin Unit of The Herb Society of America. Lovely Lavender: A cookbook. Milwaukee, Wis.: Wisconsin Unit, 1999.

The Wisconsin Unit of the Herb Society of America. Rosemary: Rosemarinus Officinalis the Cookbook. [Milwaukee, Wis.]: Wisconsin Unit, 2000. 


Henriette's Herbal Home Page: Culinary Herb FAQ http://www.henriettesherbal.com/faqs/culi-cont.html

Medicinal Spices Exhibit - UCLA Biomedical Library: History & Special Collections http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/biomed/spice/index.cfm