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Edible and Useful Plants of California (California Natural History Guides) Paperback – February 7, 1978
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This would probably be one of the best books for an amateur to get their feet wet identifying plants because it limits itself to one topic and many of the easier species to identify. Plus you'll learn about how various plants they have been used in the past and continue to be useful today.
For example, to mention just one, ceanothus, of which there are about 40 species in California, was used both as a tea substitute and tobacco substitute by the early settlers. And it's easily identifiable by the three prominent veins on the underside of the leaf, as well as the small, pretty clusters of violet flowers. Most of the 40 odd species are low growing herbs or bushes, but the largest species can be a 40 foot tall tree.
Overall, a fine book and one that imparts a lot of fun, useful information.
If you are interested in wild plants, this is a good book for identification. The recipes provided are easy and delicious. I have already prepared Purslane (Verdolaga) in her recipe titled, "Verdolagas Con Queso" -- Excellent! There are many more I can't wait to try. Excellent book by Charlotte Bringle Clarke.
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I'll start by saying that the book is copyrighted 1977, it has very few color pictures, (basically a center portion with about a dozen) the rest are hand drawn and can be a little... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A good book with lots of identification and application information. I just wish it didn't rely so heavily on drawings to identify plants. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gabriel Catalano
A lot of interesting information. Would have liked more pictures but the descriptions of the plants a extensive.Published 7 months ago by Cynthia's Site
One of the few plant books that I really use. You should get a full color plant book to help assist with identification.Published 10 months ago by James Christensen
I was disappointed that all of the pictures inside were not in color. It is a bit difficult to identify a plant accurately without a color photo go help me to be absolutely sure.Published 11 months ago by Sheryl Tankersley
Awesome book for beginners looking to learn bout California's edible plants. I would definitely recommend as a starter book leading to a more scientific book later.Published 15 months ago by Jessica
This book was Ok. I hoped it would have better pictures. Not all that many plants listed What was described was well putPublished 20 months ago by Carmen Tami