Herbs and Spices are derived from an amazing variety of aromatic plants around the world. They are more widely available than ever before in supermarkets and delicatessens, and are not only essential ingredients for adding and enhancing flavours in all styles of cookery but are also increasingly being used in health products, medicinal remedies, aromatherapy oils and home decoration. In the modern world, which relies so heavily on synthetic flavourings and fragrances, herbs and spices provide a natural and healthy alternative. 'Herbs & Spices' profiles each group in turn, covering all varieties from everyday pepper and parsley to the more exotic savory and saffron, the world's most expensive spice. It describes their histories and explains how you can incorporate them in your cooking, how they can help promote beauty and good health, how to use them around the home, and how they can be grown, dried and stored.