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Harvesting Nature's Bounty 2nd Edition: A Guidebook of Wild Edible, Medicinal and Utilitarian Plants, Survival, and Nature Lore Paperback – June 30, 2008
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He is excellent. He really knows his stuff, and if you pay attention, you learn something.
J.E. Clermont, KY -- Louisville Courier Journal Newspaper
He is excellent. He really knows his stuff, and if you pay attention, you learn something. -- J.E. Clermont, KY
He'll ... teach you how to build a shelter that will protect you... -- Louisville Courier Journal Newspaper
He'll teach you how to build a shelter that will protect you from the rain, wind, hail, and freezing temperature. -- H.G. Louisville, KY
If you spend anytime in the outdoors camping, hunting, hiking, or just enjoying nature, this book is a must. -- Bill McCormick, Eagle Scout, Louisville, KY
Kevin's book, Harvesting Nature's Bounty is the best survival book I have ever seen. Bill McCormick, Eagle Scout, Louisville, KY -- Louisville Courier Journal Newspaper
From the Author
This book is written for anyone who wants to cut to the chase when it comes to Wilderness Survival and living in harmony with the Earthmother. All the fluff has been left out of this book so you can quickly and easily get to the good stuff that you really want to know. This book contains the best of the best. The best foods to collect and eat, the most nutritious, tastiest, easest to find. The safest and most effective natural rememdies. The best survival techniques that all of our ancestors used on a daily basis.
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That being said I enjoyed this book for the most part. It is good in that the author focuses on what he thinks are the top 10 important edible plants. So in this way it definitely complements other books like it in my library.
Formatting: I read this on my Kindle and I simply have to report on the formatting. There is something strange about this book that causes my Kindle to slow way down. I have deleted it and re-downloaded, tried reading it after a software update, etc. I can't really figure out what it is but it sure is annoying. Beware...
In terms of the book itself, I will agree that the author is very knowledgable about this subject, I however found the reading to be quite repetitive with endless references to how Native Americans could survive anywhere with just a knife and a loin cloth.
Also, be aware that all the pictures are in black and white, and most are taken from such a distance that you cannot identify any characterstics about the plant in question. The author states in the preface (2nd edition preface) that "the production costs of having the pictures in color throughout the book are still prohibitively expensive", which is understandable, but as you look through the book you tend to notice that a good portion of the photographs are of the author's son either holding a plant, or just standing in the wilderness alone or with friends. Maybe if the author refrained from such "family outing" photographs and inserted only photographs of what he was talking about there would have been enough money in his budget to print them in color.
Also, if you're looking for tips on survival, don't depend on this book. It's not much better than the old army survival manuals from the 60's. For example, the author describes how to make a Native American "scout pit" which requires you to dig a pit "six inches wider than the width of your shoulders and eighteen inches longer than your body" which should be a depth of "crotch deep for moderate weather and waist deep for severe". He then covers the pit with nicely cut logs which can be seen stacked up in the background. If you know anything about emergency survival shelters, you will see that this is definitely not your first choice.
So, my advice is, if you're looking to "get in touch with nature" and know nothing of the wilderness or how the true lords of North America (the Native Americans) lived in harmony with it, then buy it. If you are already aware of this quite blatant fact and have any experience in the wild at all, and are looking to enhance your plant identification skills, I would strongly urge another choice.
connect with nature at a very intimate level making the natural world
accessible to all of us as it was to our native ancestors. You will learn
where to begin and what to focus on in order to integrate with our natural
world. This book covers what was second nature to our ancestors. Almost all of my how-to and what questions were answered in this very extensive book. For instance you might want to know what is available for cooking spices or deodorant or how to keep the mosquitoes and ticks away. It's all in this book and so much more. This is the must have book for anyone interested in reconnecting or finding their place in nature. Nature enthusiasts, hikers, hunters, campers, and anyone curious about how or what in nature will love this book. Check out this great nature book. I keep a copy to use as a reference manual.