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Hen of the Woods & Other Wild Foods and Medicines: A Guided Tour Including Folklore Audio CD – Audiobook, CD
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About the Author
"Wildman" Steve Brill is America's go-to guy for foraging. He is a self-taught naturalist, environmental educator, author, and artist. He designed and maintains his website, www.WildmanSteveBrill.com, and is the author of Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not-So-Wild) Places, The Wild Vegan Cookbook), and Shoots and Greens of Early Spring in Northeastern North America. He created Wild Edibles, a master foraging app for iOS and Android devices. He has appeared countless times in major electronic and print media, but he's still best-known for having been arrested and handcuffed by undercover park rangers for eating a dandelion in Central Park in 1986. The media ate it up, and embarrassed officials negotiated with Brill, dropped the charges, and hired him to lead the same foraging tours for which they arrested him. He worked for the city for four years before resuming freelance work.
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Hen of the Woods is narrated by the author and is more of a commentary than a book. In a very entertaining style he talks about the many edible foods growing in the wild, gives the listener a little history on how he became interested in foraging and tells the story of his arrest for eating weeds which, ultimately, turned out to be fantastic publicity.
Much of the book is live and narrated while in the field on a foraging tour. He points out plants and answers participants questions and tells entertaining tales. This is not a polished studio production but instead a real-time walk in the park. It had the feel of a podcast rather than a finished book. The author imparts too much good information for audio only. To be useful as more than just an entertaining few hours, the book needs text and photos for reference, none of which are included. The author does sell a Wild Edibles app which is available for Android and Apple.
While I enjoyed the book, it had the feel of an intro for the author's wild food tours which are held throughout the Northeastern US. I would never forage on my own without the ability to identify the plants but I would love to learn how and after listening to Hen of the Woods, and know I would enjoy a tour.
For those interested in nature and foraging, this gives you a feel for what you can find growing in your local park.