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Source: Amazon

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

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In this field guide to foraging wild edible plants, Sergei Boutenko (son of raw-food guru Victoria Boutenko) explores the health benefits of wild-harvested food, explains how to safely identify trailside weeds, herbs, fruits, and greens that grow worldwide, and shares his delicious, nutrient-dense recipes.

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I give this book 8 out of 10 acorns.

Sergei has written a well thought out introductory book about foraging for wild edibles. He includes color pictures and descriptions of 60 edible plants and 67 fun and tasty recipies.
I am looking forward to putting his knowlege to work in the mountains of Wyoming.
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Foraged from my backyard using this book. Who fricking knew there was so much good stuff back there!

I am obsessed. Reading this now. Will write a review soon. Hint: it's gonna be a good one!
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Thank you for sharing this! When I was a park ranger and outdoor educator in the NW I always thought teaching wild edibles was one of the best ways to build connections to the natural world so it would be valued and treated with respect. I would even use a scavenger hunt with a similar setup to the layout in the video, but after a minute of being able to "take a mental picture," I would cover up the plants and kids would go find (after learning how to do so respectfully) as many matches to the plants on the sheet that they could and lay them out for themselves to see how many they could ID. It was the best way I have ever learned or taught plants because it really embeds the little subtle shapes and characteristics in your brain. Unfortunately, ignorance by supervisors and parents has led to edibles being seen as too dangerous to teach (apparently this generation is too dumb to survive), even though with a reasonable class size and basic instructions you can teach it more safely than any of the kids' bus ride to camp. Anyhow, wild edibles could save the world and thank you for sharing!
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I give this book 9 out of 10 acorns!

I think the book does a good job of doing what Sergei set out to do with the book- introduce people to wild edibles and help make them more comfortable and confident with the art of foraging. I think he did a job by choosing common weeds and plants, because as I was reading the book, I realized that I have seen a lot of these plants before. So, making that connection between things I had never thought of before as food and now knowing that they're food is a really empowering first step.

I think the book is also well-organized, with a nice introduction, some basic guidelines to foraging, some poisonous plants to avoid, a plant identification protocol, and then large series of wild edible plants, followed by some simple recipes. And the sections on each plant are also well-organized with identification pictures, caution, edible parts, flavor, description, uses, nutritional highlights, helpful tips, ID tricks, and Sergei Says.

The only thing I felt was a detractor for the book is that I found there was a lot of copy-and-paste text, like for many of the tree species listed. I think that is perhaps useful when the book is just flipped through by pictures, so, it may be that I didn't like that just because I read the book from start to finish.
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