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Bootstraps and Biscuits: 300 Wonderful Wild Food Recipes from the Hills of West Virginia Paperback – August, 1997

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Set in the hills of West Virginia on her family lands, Anna Lee Robe-Terry forages for wild foods and describes their preparation and uses. In her own colorful language, Anna Lee shares a rural family heritage in a narrative generously laced with anecdotes about life in the mountains. The result is a rich compilation of hundreds of delicious recipes, the ingredients available and free for the picking. From paw-paw pudding to mincemeat pie using wild meat, a reader will find fulfillment for the soul, palate, and pocketbook.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Quarrier Press (August 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891852140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891852145
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,153,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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great tips of wildcrafting safely and then recipes for the bounty. Wild ramps, poke, nettles, wild game, etc. Where else can you learn to make a dandelion salad, pot herbs, squirrel pot pie, sumac aid to drink and pa paw tart for desert?!!?

Information our grandparents all knew and our parents forgot. If you want to survive the coming End of Days spurred by overspending and financial collapse, this book is for you.
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Foraging for food is an overlooked bounty and many could walk through a field or wooded area and never see the possibilities around them. If you're ever stranded in rural areas, or need to stretch finances, you'll be glad to know the things in this book.

There are some things that are important to note WHEN they may be eaten or HOW they should be prepared - the personal anecdotes are invaluable here! Not just edible things - there are some recipes for salves and other things too. "Weeds" and game, in the right hands, beat going hungry. Being prepared can make the difference between surviving and not.

Great reference.
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Author Anna Lee Robe-Terry is a distant cousin of mine, who has written not just a book of recipes, but an evocation of the atmosphere of our northern West Virginia roots. Disabled by a chronic disease, she lost home, job and possessions until she moved onto the old Robe homestead in Marion County determined to survive. "If life gives you wild grapes, then make jelly" is her philosophy. She began investigating the wild plants that she had grown up with and educating herself in botany and the ways of the old settlers. Her recipes are wonderful just to read. I have tried the Snapping Turtle soup recipe myself and can recommend it as a definite change of pace from clam chowder. She also has a recipe for skunk (!) that resulted from a hilarious end to a hunting trip. I would recommend this book not only to people in the area, but those interested in its pioneer culture and folklore.
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Anna Lee lived across the hollow from me and I considered her a friend. She taught me to dress a snapping turtle before the book came out. When she published, I wrote a review of sorts for Backwoodsman magazine. Anna Lee was the real deal. She kept goats and chickens for milk and eggs, foraged and transplanted many native plants to her gardens. She did most of her cooking and all of her baking with a wood cookstove. Her independant spirit forced her to be homesteader and she was a permaculturist before Mollison coined the term.
She's gone now. This work and another "VA/ WV Shuttlesworth Search" is all that remains, but our memories.
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I had such a good time reading this book! I even tried to find the author on the web, but with no luck. I'd love to meet her. The recipes look good, the lessons about finding food in natural environments are invaluable, and the stories are entertaining. Anna Lee Robe-Terry takes us into the woods of West Virginia through the seasons to find and prepare truly local foods. Anyone who is interested in local food really must read this. And anyone who isn't sure if we're losing anything of value with mountain-top removal processes to get coal should read this too -- to understand what a precious environment is being destroyed. Thank you, Anna Lee!
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