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Free Food and Medicine Worldwide Edible Plant Guide Board book – January 1, 2012

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Product Details

  • Board book: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Rothkranz Publishing (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983449066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983449065
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wish there were more field guides like this. Mushroom guides, bird guides, and insect guides could use much inspiration from this book as an example of how to create a good decent field guide.

Unlike most edible wild plant field guides, the pictures of this book are absolutely outstanding. The very colorful and detailed pictures allow you to see clearly almost every distinct feature of a plant, and the major features of a plant are often magnified to allow you to see them closer. Not only that, but most of the pictures and the features of the plants in this book are against a white background. Most wild plant guides only feature photographs that are way too small for you to see the major features of a plant, or they contain only black and white pictures or line drawings, and most guides contain not any more than 400 plants. However, this book covers 1000+ of the most COMMON plants found around the world - both edible plants and toxic plants. A lot of the plants in this book are found in America, but SOME of them are from other countries and other regions of the earth, such as the tropics, rainforests, deserts and the sea.

Each plant in this book is thoroughly described, and the edible parts of each plant is mentioned in this book. A few of the plants mentioned in this book also have a few other uses besides edibility, that are described.

This book is also greatly organized. Some of the major sections of this book include plant basics, terminology, cultivated plants, preparing wild food, herbs, edible flowers, daisy like plants, plants from the desert, dandelion like plants, berries, trees, grasses, seaweeds, unbrella like plants, poisonous plants, diseases & conditions and what plants have historically healed them.
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I have researched and practiced gastrobotany for nearly 20 years. All of my books have black and white photos or sketches which forced me to rely heavily on text to identify species. Therefore, many times I was unable to absolutely and positively identify a plant. This book has removed much of that problem with it's great photos. For me, the photos are the greatest aspect of this book. I still rely on other books for a more complete description and prescription of plant use and methods of use. However, with that said, I now strongly rely on this book for the initial identification of a plant that I am not already familiar with.
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wonderful book with simple precise explanation of herbs plants flowers with amazing images !!!!!
a must have for anyone seeking a healthy life style
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I recently became very interested in wild food foraging and understanding the medicinal properties of plants. I meticulously searched the Internet and Barnes and noble for an ultimate field guide to wild plants. The reviews on this book looked really promising. The title also got me. It's one of the most expensive foraging books on amazon so I figured i would spend a little extra to get some great knowledge. The author is also a well known wild food enthusiasts with a following, I had high hopes. I was definitely disappointed. The photos in the book are really crammed in there, 3 plants per page, seems like he could have had a page for each specific plant. It's a little confusing that way. The author also writes considerably large amounts of info for plants he really likes and less info about others. Seems biased to me. Goldenseal, which is a super medicinal plant that I was really excited about finding this summer is not even in this book! I haven't seen a field guide without it. There is some really great information in here regarding the medicanl properties of wild foods, but I feel $40 is too pricey for missing info and crammed confusing photos. Save your money and order "Nautures garden" by Samual Thayer for $20 dollars less.
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I love this book! I love the clear pictures and the notes on the poisonous look alikes. This is definately well worth it! I carry this book around with me everywhere. It never seeses to amaze me how much edible there really isz out there.
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More than I expected ..
Full of local foods free to me. I no longer fear not having food incase of a disaster.
I am grateful for all the work that put every answer in one book. I only wish I would have had this book when my children were home I would have not fall prey to the Doomsday gimmicks.
No pack ratting food any more.
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This is a very special field guide and reference for wild crafting. The illustrations are excellent. It's very thorough. I have many field guides for edible and medicinal wild plants but this brings into one book everything almost in all the other books. When my friend brought this over for me to see, I dived in and recognized what a treasure it was. So I got one for myself. So glad I did.
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good pictures, and invaluable information...get green. With some herbs you can just live without going to the supermarket and getting real nutrition...promises super health. Makes sense, and sheds light on explaining that we are so unhealthy and confused as a society because we are so disconnected to our earth allies.
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