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- Print Length: 259 pages
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- Publisher: Althea Press (December 3, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 3, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H3TIAT4
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Edible Wild Plants for Beginners: The Essential Edible Plants and Recipes to Get Started Kindle Edition
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Have you ever wanted to be that in-the-know, nature-eating friend? If so, this book is for you.
Edible Plants for beginners offers a quick primer on foraging history, some rules of thumb and techniques for the activity, and a fairly extensive set of edible plant profiles and accompanying recipes. There are also appendices on making tinctures and the top ten (most common) poisonous plants in North America, many of which are flower garden mainstays.
The information is presented well, and there are copious warnings and best practices to keep greenhorn foragers from endangering themselves with look-alike, out of season and contaminated plants.
While this is a beginner’s guide, I wish there were more visuals. Cramming the book with multiple photos of every edible would not be feasible. However, the introductory sections about foraging would have been even more evocative with paintings, drawings or photos of indigenous people gathering edible plants into handmade baskets. Stock photos of forests, urban growth, gardens and other environs would also make the activity of foraging come alive in the pages.
While the one photo per edible plant is appreciated, drawings or photos of the different parts of the plants would be great too. It also seems a little ironic that the top ten plants that will poison you don’t even get pictures or drawings. It seems to be taken for granted that the reader will have to use the internet or a more comprehensive book to really get serious – “Edible Wild Plants for Beginners” seems to be relegating itself the status of stepping stone in that way.
Disclosure: I received this book at no charge.
The book is very well written, organized, formatted. It also has a great active table of contents and navigation system. My major complaint would be the tiny photos.
The book begins with an introduction to the basic concepts, safety and identification of wild plants while foraging, stating the incredible nutritional benefits of these plants as compared to hybridized domesticated plants, which foist a risk to the environment and human health.
The coverage of effectively utilizing wild plants is extensive and the text includes an in-depth compilation of delectable recipes from these wild edibles! The text is crafted with explicit information, classic photographs and ingenuity, in accordance with the caliber of wild food writing, making the book a compelling read.
Dr. Sayini Devarajan