- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Houghlin Mifflin Co. (1978)
- ASIN: B004VT7SLK
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (590 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,893,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants of Eastern and Central North America Unknown Binding – 1978
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Despite these points, there are some things that make it hard to use. First, because they are trying to cram in as many plants as possible, they don't give enough attention to many plants that deserve it and give very breif descriptions, although they do point out some of the main identifying features. Second, the pictures, at least for the first half of the book, are simply recycled from the Peterson Guide to Wildflowers, which means that they often leave out important parts that you really need to see. Third, the book is organized for the most part so that you can't find a plant unless you know the color of the flower, which makes it really difficult to recognize plants unless you find them during the period they flower, which is usually pretty short. And did anyone notice that they switched the pictures of Nodding Wild Onion and Field Garlic on page 115?
Of course, the descriptions and drawings are better than most books on the subject, and it does have many useful features, so this book is definately worth having.
This has a lot of very good line drawings and some photos. The information in it is very good.
But, I would suggest that people cross reference the plants they find with another field book before eating something.
The descriptions in the book are short, the emphasis is on the use of the plant and were you may find them. Remeber with out looking closely an untrained eye may mistake water hemlock (deadly) with water parsnip, cow parsnip, angelica, or wild raison at a quick glance. And that could be unfortunate to say the least. Other then that warning though I enjoyed this book and have had it a long time. It tends to be one of the books I carry with me when I go hiking and looking for plants and birds.
At the end of the book you will find extra sections that help you find edible plants in a specific season. For example, it is spring and you want to make jams, salads, or pickles from a wild plant. The book lists all the plants you can collect during that season. Another section deals with location: which edible plants grow in meadows, wetlands, etc.
The book is well organized, color-coded, fully illustrated, and well indexed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative. It's a wonder to me that Mr. Peterson was able to cram so much useful information into one knapsack-sized book. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by David B. Hinton
Excellent edible plants book ! Lots of crucial information on looking for edibles when your out in the back country ! Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jeff
I just received this hugely informative reference book and can't wait to take it with me on one of my outdoor peregrinations. It's typical "Peterson," i.e. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Wallerish
Added to my new collection so I can become the Medicine Woman of the Zombie Apocalypse :) I now know how to cause and cure explosive diarrhea! Thanks :))Published 14 days ago by Anna
A really great book with loads of practical informationPublished 15 days ago by Life Science Leader
I ordered this book as well as Edible Wild Plants by Thomas S. Elias & Peter A. Dykeman. This book relies on drawings and has very few color photos whereas the book by Elias and... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Sarah