So almond milk isn't a modern day trendy thing after all! Just one of the many fascinating things I learned from this wonderful book.
For anyone interested in food, gardening or Medieval lifestyle, this is a essential addition to any collection. Sits neatly alongside Michael Brown's book A Guide to Medieval Gardens as it explains the uses of many of the plants mentioned in the gardens. There are plenty of full colour photographs of plants and Medieval scripts to illustrate the plants and fruits discussed as well as coloured boxes containing recipes from the times - including how to make almond milk. The language is easy to follow so accessible to everyone not just historians, botanists and chefs.
Mythology, folklore and the history surrounding the uses (and the non-use) of certain plants is very interesting, such as warning not to sit under walnut trees because of the noxious fumes they gave out. However, the patterns of the walnut indicated that they would be good for the head. Makes sense. There are discrete chapters about Symbolism and Superstition, and Magical and Mysterious as well as practical uses such as clothing, beauty, animal care, childbirth and medicinal. Some great tips too.
The book can be used as a reference because of the way the chapters and information are organised, but it's far too ornate for that. Alongside the photography, the borders are attractively designed with illustrations of plants making this a very pleasant book indeed.
Published by Pen & Sword, White Owl, hardback edition on 31 March 2023.
Advanced review copy supplied by the publisher.