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Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt To Plate (The Wild Food Adventure Series, Book 1) Paperback – June 11, 2010
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From the Back Cover
Edible Wild Plants provides what you really need to know to have your own wild food adventures. Whether a beginner or advanced wild food aficionado, gardener, chef, botanist, nutritionist, scientist, or a dieter with special needs, this book is for you. Author John Kallas gives you unprecedented details, maps, simple explanations, and multiple close-up photographs of every plant covered at every important stage of growth. You learn that a plant is not only edible but when, why, and how it is. He can turn you into a successful, well-fed, and happy forager anywhere in North America.
For more information on this book, other publications by John Kallas, and wild foods in general, see www.wildfoodadventures.com
About the Author
Dr. John Kallas has investigated and taught about edible wild plants since 1970. He founded Wild Food Adventures (www.wildfoodadventures.com) in 1993 and is the publisher and editor of Wild Food Adventurer. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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I purchased this book for my mother. She lives in Oregon, and is always trying to identify things on her property. I liked this book so much when I received it to give to her- I purchased another for myself.
Everyone who loves nature and likes to know what they are walking around, and if it's edible- this is your book!
On top of that, I went to the author's website and found a long list of workshops, with a variety of topics to learn and experience. They were mostly in Oregon, some were in other parts of the PNW or US in general. I hope to take my mom up to one someday soon!
Other reviewers felt more plants should have been covered, or these books should have been more lightweight, for backpacks, but if one thinks about it, we Begin to learn about most things a bit at a time, in a kind of sequence. Alongside great photographs, these books emphasize method, essential to in depth learning. The authors give their anecdotal backgrounds and credentials. I find it entertainingly insightful, beneficial to credibility. These books provide a lot of information about fewer plants than most field guides, but it's absorbable information which can be expanded with experience, yet returned to time and again. As with typing and other skills, accuracy is more important in the beginning. Speed or numbers develop later.
Personally, I'd take these with me initially, to focus on the plants they cover, learn all I can about them, and as I grow comfortable in my learning, seek more plants offered by other references, over time. Learn and apply the content of these three, peruse and acquire other quality field guides, and enjoy the 'fruit' of your efforts.
Another concern (and all concerns have value) expressed by readers has been region limitation. Truly to not sound flip, and all the wisest hikers/campers aren't going to read one book, or take a week's course, and expect to go out in the woods (or desert), to live happily ever after, but remember, these wild plants are mostly 'weeds'. That means they adapt and routinely cross those boundaries we conveniently set, for ourselves - perhaps not as abundantly as we expect, when we expect, but few regions we're likely to visit, won't support at least Some of these delicious, nutritious foods...must haves for me.
For diversity and the ability to truly identify and use plants, I purchased Nature's Garden - "A guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants by Samuel Thayer, The Forager's Harvest - A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting and Preparing Edible Wild Plants" also by Samuel Thayer, and Edible Wild Plants - Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate by John Kallas, PhD. If you can afford it, purchase all 3 of these books, as I have found that I USE all of them for various reasons - a better photo/recipe/information, etc. And if there is any doubt about a plant I have several resources to better help me identify the information that I need.