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Foraging (Idiot's Guides) Paperback – April 12, 2016
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About the Author
Mark Vorderbruggen started one of the top foraging sites on the internet in 2008, but he has been a forager all his life. Both his parents' families used foraged foods to survive during the Great Depression, and they passed their knowledge on to him. Knowing how to harvest nature's free food fed him through the poverty years of his childhood and while getting a master's degree in medicinal chemistry and a PhD in physical organic chemistry. For the last 18 years, he has worked as a research chemist in the oil industry, using his knowledge of natural products to develop environmentally friendly replacements for traditional oil field chemicals. However, his evenings and weekends are spent guiding people back to nature's bounty, not only teaching them which plants are edible and/or medicinal, but also proselytizing how foraging heals the body, mind, and soul … and prepares them for the zombie apocalypse!
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Warning you wont be buying store greens any more. I have always wanted to attend one of marks classes this is the next best thing.
Also introduce slowly and don't tell your family where your getting the amazing greens. Then when they are hooked its to late. The freshness and taste cant be beat.
I also really appreciate the simple, but thorough overview of foraging, especially the stress on the ethics of foraging. Each plant description discusses harvesting specific to that plant, as well as the best ways to ensure that the plant and plant colony survives for the next season. This is a very important part of foraging that is lacking in other books.
There is a double page spread for each plant that is full of detailed pictures and descriptions on how to make sure you have the right plant. Mimics (look-alikes), both edible and poisonous, are discussed to further a successful identification.
The preparation and cooking of each edible part of the plants is discussed on the plants' double-page spread. There is a recipe section in the back that highlights the wild plants in delicious dishes.
In the end matter is a very good illustrated glossary covering the terminology of plant identification; a chart of harvesting times; related resources in the form of books, websites and apps; and complete index.
If I could only have one wild edibles foraging book, this would be it. I have the softcover edition and will be buying the Kindle edition soon. I will add a review of the Kindle book to this after I get it.
Note - Don't forget to go to the author's website listed inside the back cover in the author biography. It is incredible.
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I've learned a lot from this book.
Really worth the look.
The illustration along with the written disruption make identifying these wild edibles easy.Read more