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Stalking The Wild Asparagus Paperback – Deluxe Edition, March 22, 2005
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STALKING THE WILD ASPARAGUS was a bible of the environmental movement--as well as a primer for anyone interested in healthy, inexpensive eating.
"delightful and as valid today as they were more than two decades ago.
Nelson Bryant,The New York Times (1989) "
"He (Euell Gibbons) was a man who knew the wild in a way that no one else in this time has even marginally approached.
John McPhee,The New York Times (1976) "
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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!
Pros: Extensive, detailed, complete treatment of each plant described, including identification, harvest and then preparation (often including recipes). The anecdotes of the author, describing the development of his love for foraging, are inspiring and encouraging.
Cons: No photographs. And this is a real bummer. There are illustrations, but I really wanted color photos. This is almost certainly a product of the times (this book isn't exactly new) and keeps costs down, but I miss the photos present in more modern foraging books.
This is a small, "field guide" sized book, bound in a tough vellum-like cover material. It's peppered with recipes for Hawaiian foods (which I mostly skip), and mostly consists of wonderful stories about hunting, gathering, fishing for, happening upon, and making food alone and with friends, by sea, land, and air. As usual there are descriptions of plants and animals used for things other than food, and Gibbons spends some time describing how he earned money by fishing, woodworking, etc. There are a few illustrations throughout, but they are pretty poorly done. There's a forward by Gibbons, apparently written some years after the original text was published.