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Euell Gibbons' Beachcomber's Handbook
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This book is the real deal. The plant drawings are good, the recipes are great, and if there were only one plant book I would carry into a survival scene, it would be this one. You don't have to be into survivalist stuff to use it however, try some of these recipes, you'll find rich, full flavors and it's all free from Mother Nature!
It's a god idea to learn these things anyway, just in case, so why not practice gathering and preparing wild foods now, you'll be glad you did one day, and you may find you love the natural flavors better than hybridized, genetically created foods big business has created so they "transport well."
There are no photos in this book, just line drawings, as it isn't meant to be a guide to identifying the plants. After you ID them, Euell Gibbons tells you what to do with them, along with all his favorite recipes and something about his experience with the plant he is writing about. There is no question that he speaks through his own experience, often very humerous. He definitely has a great sense of humor, and the book is a good straight read. He tells you about the plant itself and the seasons you harvest the edible parts, tells you some of his experimenting to come up with the best ways to prepare it, sometimes the nutritional value of the plant, and lots more.
I've used his recipes on many of the plants and they are all delicious.
The book covers over 45 plants that can be found most places and even some of the wild meat course to go with it!
I've owned dozens of this book over the years but keep giving mine away to those who are just beginning to be interested in the topic of wild edible plants. It's still the best there is to provide the inspiration to learn more. Now I have whole shelves of wild edible plant books, mostly for identifying purposes, but this one is still my all-time favorite and still very useful.
If you get this book, be sure to try the acorn bread!