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Lorenzo Costa
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Dear Sergei, and all permies, I've been around wild harvesting in a hobbyish way, but one thing I have understood very well is the maximum we can achieve is having someone teach us face to face or on video like you have done (loved your videos and purchased your film, great!). Why do I say this? because I think the big thing with books on wild harvesting is in the difficulty to have good pictures, photos, of what we are going to encounter. its hard work to interpret soemtimes what the suthors assume should be clear.
Very often I've skipped through harvesting books that have beautiful photos of the plants we can harvest but they are not photographed in the moment we can harvest them, or maybe don't have the close up on the flower or specific signs from which we may need to recognise a plant that can be edible.
I have come by only one book that is very specific on how the plant should look like when you harvest it, I mean what its like in the period of year when it is best to eat, it is an italian book that has a lot of info and photo's that are very good for harvesting. But then the big thing about wild harvesting books is are they field guides or manuals, a bit the differtence I found with Samuel Thayers books, I find them top class work but they don't really fit as field guides they're more of a reference to specific types of plants and very thorough on how to harvest the fruits, stems, flowers of the listed plants.
Do you feel this way too, have you thought about the importance of the photografic side of a printed wild harvesting book?

 
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Lorenzo Costa wrote:Dear Sergei, and all permies, I've been around wild harvesting in a hobbyish way, but one thing I have understood very well is the maximum we can achieve is having someone teach us face to face or on video like you have done (loved your videos and purchased your film, great!). Why do I say this? because I think the big thing with books on wild harvesting is in the difficulty to have good pictures, photos, of what we are going to encounter. its hard work to interpret soemtimes what the suthors assume should be clear.
Very often I've skipped through harvesting books that have beautiful photos of the plants we can harvest but they are not photographed in the moment we can harvest them, or maybe don't have the close up on the flower or specific signs from which we may need to recognise a plant that can be edible.
I have come by only one book that is very specific on how the plant should look like when you harvest it, I mean what its like in the period of year when it is best to eat, it is an italian book that has a lot of info and photo's that are very good for harvesting. But then the big thing about wild harvesting books is are they field guides or manuals, a bit the differtence I found with Samuel Thayers books, I find them top class work but they don't really fit as field guides they're more of a reference to specific types of plants and very thorough on how to harvest the fruits, stems, flowers of the listed plants.
Do you feel this way too, have you thought about the importance of the photografic side of a printed wild harvesting book?



You're right on the money! Face to face, hands on is always best! But when you can't have that a book and/ or video is the next best thing. I battled with my publisher to have over 400 color photos in my book. Furthermore, I tried to take photos of plants the way that I would want to see them if I were in the field trying to id them without a guide. Did I succeed? If you win a book I expect a full report.
 
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Thanks Sergei for the answer, hope to read the book and for sure on permies I'll share a full review of it. Happy to see how serious you are on sharing your knowledge being very careful to guide the reader with good and clear information and in a book the photograohs are the best way.
Glad to read that you managed to fill the book with so many images.
Your videos are also very well done, I watched them a bit of time ago, and that is a growing way of communicating and sharing. your film is very well directed loved it!
 
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