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An Instant Guide to Edible Plants (Instant Guides) Hardcover – January 13, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0517662175 ISBN-10: 0517662175

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An Instant Guide to Edible Plants is an ideal compact guide to the identification and uses of the most commonly found edible wild plants of North America.
An easy-to-understand system of color-coded bands that denotes the edible part of the plant leads quickly to the correct section of the book. Detailed full-color illustrations, concise text, including information on the food uses of each species, and a distribution map allow you to make a positive identification. Symbols alert you to the dangers of similar, sometimes poisonous, plants.
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Product Details

  • Series: Instant Guides
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy (January 13, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517662175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517662175
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,695,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dragon Lady on July 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is both a treasure, and a literal life-saver. The value of careful, detailed, full-color illustrations to the wild food forager cannot be over-stated. Near misses in id'ing a plant can put you in the hospital, or worse yet in the morgue (the number 1 reason why I don't eat wild mushrooms).
The ladies who put this one together knew what questions the beginner would need answered and in simple to the point pictures, text and diagrams tell all.
The layout of the book makes for speed and ease in usage and the illustrations are lovely. You will be amazed at what you find within.
If you have only one wild edibles book in your house make it this one!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eric G. Wilkinson on February 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The good: This guide

* is small and compact

* is hardcover, more durable

* is sorted by edible plants parts

* is concise. It provides the most relevant information for identification and edibility on a single page

The bad: This guide

* has laughable distribution maps. They should be ignored. The distribution maps are extremely east-coast-centric, so it gives the appearance that all plants are either spread out over the entire continent, or are only on the east coast. The entry for blackberries, for example, says they don't grow here in Oregon. Anyone who lives on the west coast knows that blackberries are one of our major domestic and wild crops. They grow wild everywhere here. Same thing for the white oak entry.

* does not list any of the scientific names for any of the plant entries, one of the cardinal sins when constructing a nature guide. This makes it a bother to cross reference the entries in this book with other volumes. This is particularly useful when trying to determine whether something is a poisonous look-alike or not, dangerous when those scientific names are absent. Common names often are not the same when going from region to region. To make this book more useful I had to figure out and write in the family/genus/species names where appropriate so I could use it with other references.

Recommended but only as supplement to existing guides, such as Bradford Angier's Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants or a National Audubon field guide.
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Just as ordered and just what I needed.
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