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Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods Paperback – April 7, 2009
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Hundreds of edible species are included...[This] handy paperback guide includes jelly, jam, and pie recipes, a seasonal key to plants, [and a] chart listing nutritional contents.”Booklist
Beautiful color photographs...temptingly arranged.”The Library Letter
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The opening paragraphs are designed to assist others avoid some of the pit falls I made in purchasing wild food literature. You can skip this and go directly to the individual book reviews if you choose. Please note that this review is of multiple wild food books. I prefer authors that work with the plants they are writing about, and don't just repeat things they read from another book (yes some wild food authors actually do that). I also prefer books with good descriptions, lots of photos of each plant to make identification easier, and to cover the plant from identification to the plate. That's my bias, here is my review.
I'm just a guy who likes to forage and enjoys the learning and nutritional aspect of wild foods. My main purpose for writing this review of multiple wild food books on one review is to assist others coming to wild foods for the first time (like I was three years ago), and to hopefully help them avoid some of the easily avoided pit falls I made in the literature I chose. At first I wanted books with the most plants in it for my money. It made sense to me at the time but ended up being a grave mistake. Books that devote one picture and a brief explanation to a plethera of plants helped me identify some plants in one stage of growth, but did next to nothing that would have allowed me to use them as food. Example, most books will show you one picture of the adult plant. Many times that's not when you want to harvest it. No one would eat a bannana that was over ripe and pure black and call banana's in general inedible due to that experience. Yet many who have sampled a dandelion have done exactly that.Read more ›
The book is divided into an introductory section, guides to harvesting plants in each of the four seasons, the plants themselves (also presented seasonally), poisonous plants, a nutritional guide, and two great indices. The introduction includes great tips on how to prepare wild foods as drinks, snacks, entres, and condiments, along with recipes for 25 jellies, 20 jams and 17 fruit and berry pies. But the good part is yet to come.
Each plant is presented with a good-to-excellent photograph, a distribution map (so a person in the Pacific Northwest doesn't have to wonder whether he or she is looking at a squashberry or a hobblebush berry), a complete description, identification of the edible parts, harvest and preparation notes, related species, and poisonous look-alikes (if any). The presentations are just excellent. My only complaint is that the book isn't twice as thick.
Whether you just want to be prepared for emergencies or you want to collect wild edibles for making jams, jellies, pies, and wine, this book is one of the only two you'll probably need. The other is a good regional guide, because with over 20,000 species of plants to choose from north of the Rio Grande alone, a guide to regional edibles is a must.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative book, easy to read with a lot of valuable information.Published 1 day ago by Linda D.
This is not a standalone book, but used in conjunction with another plant identification book my children and I were able to identify most of the wild plants growing at the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Julie
The one I got is paperback and I really like this guide it has a lot of color pictures, lots of information for a book you can put in your backpack,right size and light weight... Read morePublished 5 days ago by max238
Terrible book for the most part. Doesn't even have mushrooms/fungus. Some of the pictures are not helpful at all. Disappointed in this book.Published 25 days ago by Cari Salwasser
Handy little guide to take out into the woods to learn more about plants.Published 1 month ago by David Fray
This book is great! I have been learning lots from it. Good pictures too.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer