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The Dandelion Celebration: A Guide to Unexpected Cuisine Paperback – March, 1994
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This volume is educational and utilitarian. Alternative health uses are discussed but no claims are made as to their efficacy, which is appropriate.
All that considered, it is a fun and interesting book to read.
First four chapters are on the benefits of the dandelion, medicinal, folk lore, and nutritional to name a few. The rest of the book is full of recipes, and those who sell dandelion products (like dandelion coffee, seeds, canned dandelions and such). This book only has the cover art, and one black and white photo inside. So if you have no idea what a dandelion looks like you might be in trouble. The book also does a great job telling the reader when to harvest dandelion, and more importantly how to manage the bitterness.
Now I have to say the individuals selling this book at 30 dollars and up on this site are unethical. Amazon doens't carry it as of right now so these are being sold third party. You can put the authors name name in a google search, get to his site, and buy it all day long at $13.95. Christopher Nyerges sells it as of right now at $10.95.
In conclusion at 14 dollars I would buy it. At 20 I might pass. At 30? Not a chance. If you want to stay with amazon due to their ability to back up the product I would pass on overpaying for this book, and suggest John Kallas book, "Wild Edible Plants From dirt To Plate." He has a lot of information on dandelion and 12 other common weedy food plants (for a grand total of 13 plants) in that book. Plus, he has full color photos (and when I say photos I mean photography that is unmatched in quality in wild food literature) from seeding to the dinner plate. JOhn's book goes for less than 20 dollars on amazon right now. John doesn't have as many recipes as Peter Gail's book on this one plants. However, given that you get information on 12 other plants you'll find in your backyard you'll still come out ahead. Samuel Thayer also does a great job on this plant in "Nature's Garden."
My only negative thoughts - the author states that he has over 600 recipes for dandelions, but only shares a fraction of them! He has also written a book on daylillies, which I will definitely get.