• Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
  • Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
  • Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
  • Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
  • Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
ISBN: 0976626616
EAN13: 9780976626619
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 1, 2010
Pages: 512
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 2.2 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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A detailed guide to 41 of the most widespread wild foods in North America, covering how to find and identify them, which parts are used, when and how to harvest them, and how to prepare them for the table. The cultural and natural history of the plants are also discussed. There is no overlap between the plants covered in this book and The Forager's Harvest.

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5
   For people who don't live in the upper mid-west, a much better reference than "Forager's Harvest"
I gave Forager's Harvest a critical review because I felt it covered a limited geographic area without this information being clearly stated before purchase -- and I recommended it only for people in that area. I have no such qualms about Nature's Garden ; I have no such qualms about Nature's Garden. It covers a much wider geographic area and not only has made it much more useful for me, but let's readers quickly determine how relevant the overall information is to their area. For example, acorns are probably the most important staple caloric foot that grows virtually everywhere on the continent, and not only do they get a write-up, but also a very detailed description with detailed processing and usage information. This is the kind to information that information people need if they are to do more than nibble curiosities on the trail.
 
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   Thorough, Concise and Well Written
As a long-time hiker and backpacker, I had a pretty good handle on good wild food. It was not until the last summer, when I took my culinary students on a foraging walk near our school, that I decided I needed more knowledge for this endeavor, since I plan to repeat it for my summer school class. From my time in the desert, the options I knew in the Mid-Atlantic and South aren 't all available here. Wild berries and dandelions are included, but a lot more is different than the same. I wanted to learn something from now to look like a hero the next month. This book is it! Just from what I had skimmed through since receiving the book a few days ago, I spent a good deal of time today on my hike identifying edibles. This is a very good book and is well worth the price.
 
5
   Great book, Must have for the nature lover or prepper...
Great book, must have for the nature lover or the prepper... The best part of this book is the detail, not just in what is safe to eat, but in what is similar and NOT ok to eat. Great color pictures ad wonderful descriptions. Explains the differences in a good detail.
 
5
   Detailed Guide to a Variety of Plants
This book is deep into the 5 star territory, right at or near the top. The author clearly combined a lot of research on personal plants together with a lot of edible experience. I have picked just a few of the plants that are reviewed so far, but they exactly match the descriptions of the author. More than a book on gathering herbs, if you are open to it, this will change the way you think about natural world and early North American history. North American has wild plants all over as if it were the remains of edible gardens tended to for thousands of years. Great descriptions of both plants to pick, whether similar plants are edible, along with detailed descriptions of poisonous plants you could mistake for edible.
 
5
   Buy one for everyone on your list!
It is clear and concise. It is of course my first guide '' of this nature - no pun intended. This book helps in the identification of edible creation, God has blessed this country with so many wonderful things to eat, and this book helps in the identification of wonderful creation. I hope you will enjoy and I hope you will be as happy with this volume of information as I and my husband.
 
5
   Veeeerrrry Helpful!
Don 't get me confused, I have not read completely through this book, but the parts I have read are detailed and easy to understand for someone who is not a botanist. It is abundantly photographed with help tremendously while in the woods! Love that Prime membership, Free 2-day shipping!
 
5
   Fantastic Resource
The author's passion and knowledge of his subject is inspiring, and the knowledge of his subject is knowledge. Well written and with plenty of excellent color photos that you can enjoy without having to squint. Of course, he can't treat everything, but what he does is well covered. Goes on oaks and lotus into great depth. Highly recommended.
 
5
   New book Nature's Garden
This book is great as a complement to the first by the same author, Forager's Harvest, but you can not go wrong with either of them. I use them to enjoy a greater nutrition and a variety of food sources. This book has even more selections than the first and great detail on Acorns. To me, there is no better way to start this activity than with these two books. I have no one to teach me about these plants, but am quite comfortable in this way learning about them. I have begun to eat wild carrots and lettuces, burdock root etc. To start things off, you must choose. The flavors are fun to experience for the first time and generally quite surprising such as a wood sorrel that tastes like lemon, but is similar to clover. The author has gone to great lengths to put together this book, and I highly recommend it.
 
5
   Absolutely better than I expected. Worth every penny.
Sam Sam Thayer's books were good, I heard from others that I had heard that from others. But after buying one himself... Holy moly. They're priceless. Not only does he gives detailed instructions on how and what to forage, but he also gives detailed preparation instructions and potential lookalikes as well. I'm thoroughly impressed! '' It is literally as thick as many of my college textbooks, and WAY more helpful. Worth every penny and then some.
 
4
   Thorough, heavy, good pictures.
Great pictures! Great pictures! '' The author is also very knowledgeable and excited about foraging! Every plant has a plethora of information about it. As you can see in the picture, it starts by identifying how many plants apply to your stateprovince, which is awesome for this topic. For me, there is sometimes almost too much information and fluff per plant, which makes the boom very dense. Sometimes I wish it was more to the point. But it is a great thorough book overall.
 
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