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Herbs for the Holidays: A Treasury of Decoration.
by Sal Gilbertie, 1993, Storey Communications, Inc., Pownal, VT. Hardcover, 116 pp. $21.95, ISBN 088266-871-4.

What a beautiful book to have for the holidays! With easy-to-read instructions, beautiful full-color pictures, and Sal's personal touch, it's a good gift anyone would want to receive. Items of note include kitchen garlands for a festive look at Christmas, and the delightful feed-the-birds wreath for outdoor decorating. Included are basic decorating techniques with botanicals, and the final product is displayed elegantly.

Sal shares his holiday dishes embellished with herbs and adds personal notes of family celebrations and how herbs have always been a big part of his Christmas.

It's a good book to place on the coffee table at Christmas, as anyone casually picking it up will surely strike up a conversation reminiscing about the holidays and family traditions, and will be excited about the many uses of herbs. And that seems to be Sal's message -- a sharing of his love of herbs.

Article copyright American Botanical Council.


By Penny King