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Kew Pocketbooks: Herbs and Spices

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A celebration of the plants that bring hot, spicy, aromatic, zingy, floral, earthy and fragrant flavours to our palates. 


Author: Mark Nesbitt. Hardback. 96pp. 185 x 140 mm. 40 paintings. ISBN 978 1 84246 752 7, Kew Publishing, 2022.

This beautiful pocketbook from Kew celebrates herbs and spices; plants that bring hot, spicy, aromatic, zingy, floral, earthy and fragrant flavours to both sweet and savoury food and drink, to charm our palates. 40 delightful botanical illustrations reproduced from Kew’s Library and Archives showcase the diversity of favourite herbs and spices, some more familiar than others.

Text by Kew expert Mark Nesbitt provides insight into the science, history and culture behind these plants that deliver complex tastes and aromas to international cuisines, and a global trade that has lasted for over two millennia.

The Library and Archives at Kew is one of the most extensive botanical libraries in the world, with the oldest item dating back to the 1370s. In this pocketbook series from Kew, each book presents 40 botanical paintings from the collections illustrating the variety within each group, as well as the diversity of the collection and artistic styles.

The luxury finish on these books makes them a must-have gift item, printed on uncoated paper and with a cloth and foil finish.

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