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The Joy of Foraging: Gary Lincoff's Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying a World of Wild Food Flexibound – July 1, 2012
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About the Author
Gary Lincoff is the author of The Complete Mushroom Hunter and the author, co-author, or editor of several books and articles on mushrooms. He teaches courses on mushroom and plant identification and use at the New York Botanical Garden and has led wild mushroom and edible wild plant study trips and forays to 30 countries. Lincoff chaired the Telluride Mushroom Festival for 25 years (1980-2004), and still participatesas its principal speaker. He lives in New York City.
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Here's what I like: The information is accurate, well-reasoned, and appears to be derived from the author's own experience. It's hard to overstate the importance of this, when so many wild food books seem to be hastily produced by publishers trying to capitalize on a trend, and authors who want to be considered experts but haven't put in the time to learn the craft and botany very thoroughly. (This was especially true from the 60's through 80's). Gary seems to have a wealth of experience based on years of foraging, and I appreciate that. The narrative sections interspersed in the text are pleasant, memorable, and often share good lessons. For the most part the photos are quite good. The selection of plants covered is also very good, I think--more so for the eastern US.
The primary shortcoming of the book, in my opinion, is the brevity of its text. The description of plants, as well as how to harvest and prepare them, doesn't seem quite thorough enough to fully convey what I think most readers are searching for. I don't mean it should be pages long, but 2-5 more sentences per plant could really make a huge difference. The book is fairly thin and could have easily been made 16 or 32 pages longer and each account could have been greatly enriched. I'm guessing that Gary had plenty of info to fill out the book, and the brief descriptions was more of the publisher's decision.
Overall, this is a good book that I'd recommend adding to a foraging library.
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