This isnt something like euel gibbons great series, it is a well organized glance at edible plants with few recipes. many of the really wonderful edibles aren;t touched upon. where the tome shines is in glorious full color pictures that clearly show salsify, blue flowered chicory, prickly pear and some others. I missed cossack asparagus which really should be in groceries, milkweed (boiled in three changes of water with sauce mornay), Wapato wrapped in bacon,, watercress and other favorites from my foraging...wild asparagus, sage used for fried sage,butter and pasta... and other yummies, and too a section on clams and crawdads, would have been fun. i am far from disappointed, its well worth getting, but needs better recipes and encouragement to move the plants from curious observable weeds ...to the dinner table. sections on wild medicines would make a great addition... Its a hot day and i am making pink lemonade from dried sumacs red berries.. they have the same flavor as grape soda pop(malic acid), but require blendering and filtering after the seeds are gone. george washington carver said theres enough food in any corner of a feild to keep a family alive... i eat his invention...peanut butter... often!
I bought this book because I am interested in wild foods and I do have some knowledge about it but wanted more. I felt this book could have been more helpful if it would have covered more plants. I don't need a lot of information on strawberries and blueberries, I am looking for information on plants we would never suspect as being a food source. There is lots of good information on the plants that he does talk about, and I like the information on how to use those plants too. It is a good book, but I am going to look for a book with more variety of plants. This book is 512 pages and only talks about 41 plants. The book only starts discussing these plants on page 75.