This book is from 1967 and is hard covered with no dust cover. It was written by Mary MacNicol. This book will teach you everything you need to know about the flower –beauty, flavoring and aroma. Each flower has a section that explains about the flower, poems about the flower, recipes from different countries and other interesting tidbits such as – did you know that in China the Day Lily is known as the plant of forgetfulness? This is such a great book on all levels for any lover of flowers or chef in the family.