Stalking The Wild Asparagus Paperback – Deluxe Edition, January 1, 1962
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From Scientific American
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) "
- Publisher : "Hood, Alan C. & Company, Inc."; 1st edition (January 1, 1962)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 303 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0911469036
- ISBN-13 : 978-0911469035
- Item Weight : 14.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #387,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is the real deal. The plant drawings are good, the recipes are great, and if there were only one plant book I would carry into a survival scene, it would be this one. You don't have to be into survivalist stuff to use it however, try some of these recipes, you'll find rich, full flavors and it's all free from Mother Nature!
It's a god idea to learn these things anyway, just in case, so why not practice gathering and preparing wild foods now, you'll be glad you did one day, and you may find you love the natural flavors better than hybridized, genetically created foods big business has created so they "transport well."
This book is lyrical, yet practical and covers a sizeable array of wild foods- location, preparation, uses, etc. Recipes are given all through the book as well as some medicinal use info. One of Gibbons' favorite plants was the Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale). He relates how the Dandelion has been one of humanities longest known and useful wild foods and medicines and laments the assault by lawn care chemical manufacturers in trying to demonize this beautiful, helpful gift from Nature.
Gibbons traveled the world lecturing on the benefits of wild foods and was often seen on popular talk shows along with becoming a pitch-man for Post Grape Nut Cereal commercials where he treated America to hilarious daily line: "...taste like wild hickory nuts!". Gibbon's came across like a modern-day cross between Mark Twain, Will Rogers and Henry David Thoreau.
Those familiar with Thoreau's recently published last manuscript, "Wild Fruits" will see the close resemblance to "Stalking the Wild Asparagus"- both now classics and useful guides to Nature's cornucopia of wild edible gifts.