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The subtitle is "Gardening for the Kitchen". This book is from Lois Hole's new "Enjoy Gardening" series, which is a successor to her reference books, and is designed to help gardeners get more enjoyment from the fruits of their labours. It covers 25 "Favourite Culinary Herbs" in extensive detail, as well as a 36-page section entitled "For the Adventurous", including such things as goutweed, daylilies, dandelions, etc. There's also a list of inedible plant species, for safety's sake, and a list of complementary herbs for some common foods.
I've found that the design of this book is not quite as quick-reference-friendly as Lois' earlier books. Each herb or edible flower in the main section has a selection of recipes accompanying it; when you're in the recipe part it's not always easy to tell which plant is being discussed. There are beautiful colour photos and some very nice colour pencil drawings. The overall design is more artistic than her earlier books.
I think this book would most appeal to those who are very interested in cooking. Others would likely still find it a useful reference book for herbs & edible flowers. The book is full of excellent growing instructions, tips & anecdotes, as with all of Lois' books.