A wonderful compendium- for anyone who wants to cultivate them or cook with them and so written as to definitely stimulate the interest of the passing page flipper. Arranged alphabetically, the herbs from Angelica to Woodruff are described as to characteristics, uses, cultivation and harvesting. The same thing is done with the spices. With several introductory chapters on general growing techniques, classifications, uses, histories and so forth and an ample supply of glossaries, appendices and indexes at the back this is virtual clover for the questioning cook. Too, it is deliciously seasoned with pertinent bite of information from the fascinating histories, through the centuries that herbs and spices have had- as necessary preservatives, as utterly dispensable sachets for queens. Mr. Miloradovich has done it again with as true a devotion to his task as that betrayed in the following lines from Solomon's Song which he quotes; ""A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon. Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out.