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  • Series: 19660101
  • Paperback: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Alan C. Hood; 1st Edition edition (March 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911469060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911469066
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Even those who have no intention of combing the countryside for cleavers, slippery elm or velvet dock will welcome the return to print of this 1966 classic guide to American wild herbs for its wealth of knowledge. Many since the late Gibbons ( Stalking the Wild Asparagus ) have written about the medicinal and nutritive properties of indigenous flora, and nouvelle cuisine has domesticated the notion of edible flowers, but the author's good-humored approach to preparing pine tree needles, boiled nettles and similar treats establishes his as a uniquely charming voice in the self-important world of health foods ("I would like to think that it was sheer genius that caused me to get all the proportions right in my first attempt to make this fragrant ambrosia rose petal jam, but I know it was just blind luck"). Gibbons is the quintessential American naturalist, rhapsodic about nature but eminently practical as well--and never above looking for get-rich-quick schemes, as demonstrated by his experiments to produce a chocolate substitute from basswood. Illustrated.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Scientific American

A handful of crushed pennyroyal rubbed on exposed skin will keep mosquitoes away. A half-cup of violet-leaf greens has as much Vitamin C as four oranges. Lemonade flavored with a jigger of borage juice is an especially cooling drink. The roots of Queen Anne's lace will do for a meal in an emergency. That insatiable stalker of the wildlings, Euell Gibbons, has been out hunting again.

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The information is dated, writing style a bit stuffy, but this is a classic.
PK Oregun
If you do not know about the foods around you this will be a great book to read and take your kids out for a journey and teach them what you just learn about nature.
Valerie Leuba
Nobody but a character like Euell Gibbons could write such a downhome book that passed on folk wisdom and botany in a delightful way.
Joanna Daneman

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
The original "Stalking the wild..." editions went out of print some years ago and that was a shame. Nobody but a character like Euell Gibbons could write such a downhome book that passed on folk wisdom and botany in a delightful way.
I actually prefer this book to "Asparagus" because it is a bit more useful. For example, if you live nearly anywhere in middle America, violet leaves pop up in your lawn and garden. They're readily available and easy to find. And he gives uses for cucumber-scented borage, which you can actually plant from seeds. This herb now is a top seller for its healthful oil-rich seeds that contain linoleic acid. If borage doesn't grow in your fields, you can put it in your herb garden. He gives great ideas for violets, borage, mint and other herbs either readily found or available to grow.
Careful however; some of the wild herbs look alike; most dangerously hemlock and parsley, angelica and other members of the carrot family look alike with their feathery fronds. Best to take a course in plant identification at the local community college if you are collecting these.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Morris on September 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
A hundred years from now, I believe, the Gibbons books will still be regarded as first-rate texts. The science is, if not impeccable, supportive of Gibbons' readable and magnetic approach to edibles. He's a charmer, but not self-consciously so. His charm is in his love for the subject, and his expertise. Too bad Johnny Carson made a bit of a clown out of him, because he was anything but a clown. "Stalking the Wild Asparagus" is the centerpiece of his output; indispensable for anyone with any level of interest in the subject.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 1998
Format: Paperback
I own the original. And am thrilled to see it reprinted. Gibbons was the virtuoso of the herbal heyday, and his stories of nature, and his naturalist outlook, will enthrall you as much as the herbs you'll learn about. He is, and will allways remain, part of this foragers life, even though I never knew him personaly.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lucinda Welenc on July 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
This would have been much better with more illustrations. Only about half of the plants that he reviews are illustrated, leading the novice to wonder if the 'weeds' growing in her garden are actually the marvelous chickweed, or something else.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Timothy D. Vasicek on July 13, 2008
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If you have read Euell Gibbon's "Stalking the wild asparagus", then you'll love this book like I do. Euell was the original forager, a true expert. A must have for any foraging enthusiast.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Merriwether the Adventurer on December 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
My scores are based on the usefulness of this book for foraging medicinal plants.
Overall rating: 4 stars
Number of plants: 3 stars
Treatment lists: 4 stars
Treatment details: 4 stars
Picture types: simple line drawings
Plant identification: 2 stars
Who will find it useful: novices to expert foragers & herbalists, backpackers, hunters, preparedness-minded folk

Notes: Euell Gibbons is one part naturalist, one part poet, and one part comedian. No other wild plant author inspires me to run off into the woods like his writings! This book is filled with detailed nutritional and medicinal information for a wide variety of plants found all over North America. Its recipes for teas, tinctures, ointments, extractions, etc are clear and easy to follow. This book is a must-have for the bookcase of any forager, herbalist, or those aiming for self-sufficiency. The main focus of this book is more along the lines of keeping you healthy followed by treating minor problems such as colds, congestion, upset stomach, insomnia, and the such. It isn't much help major illnesses, cancers, or other life-threatening diseases. This book includes a glossary of the medical terms it uses.

The paperback version of this book is still fairly thick, but still small enough to be brought out to the wilds. Most of the plants he describes are available all across North America. However, he assumes you already know what the plant looks like and where to find it, so novice foragers may need to bring a reference guide such as A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guide) along to help them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Randy J. Mercurio on December 6, 2009
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Euell Gibbons made a very useful guide by publishing this book on more than 40 herbs. It is not only enjoyable to read but contains information on natural remedies, beverages, infusions, recipes and edibility, if aplicable, of the herbs covered. Each plant entry has the common & scientific name, some lore & history of the plant, general description and basic identification accompanied by very raw drawing/sketch, mentions places to look for each plant (includes general habitat and distribution), gives the flowering time and when to take specific parts of the plant, tells of abundant vitamins and/or minerals in each plant, explains what ailments may be cured, provides recipes and other useful tips and information. If you are new to learning how to identify plants then you may find this book to be lacking in some guidance here and I always suggest using more than one book for identifying plants as there is no room for error here. If you are an herbalist, botanist, forager, survivalist or just curious about herbs I highly recommend this book as an addition to your library...I doubt you'll be disappointed!
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