Considering what Mrs. Webster has covered in this volume it should be a tome--yet it is a masterpiece of condensation. Herbs are ageless and their history seems to have known no beginnings so any book on herbs goes back to the lore and use of the ancients, designs of early gardens, old recipes, etc. It is a fascinating study and one that always appeals to the customer with a bit of ""whimsey"". On the practical side this book is so sound and concise that your hard-boiled gardener who only grows the things he can use will enjoy it and find it thoroughly adaptable. Herb gardens are fashionable now and are inexpensive. Authoritative books such as this should be recommended as A-1.