Edible: 70 Sustainable Plants That Are Changing How We Eat

Thames & Hudson. Oct. 2023. 208p. ISBN 9780500025611. $39.95. GARDENING
Professional grower and horticulture expert Hobbs (coauthor, The Story of Trees), ecologist Cisar-Erlach (The Flavor of Wood), and illustrator Kulla have cultivated a well-researched foraging guide for readers who are interested in eating different plants, finding naturally occurring foods in their region, and increasing their knowledge about the environmental impact of monoculture food production. Their book begins with a plant guide, filled with Kulla’s bright and colorful images of edible plants around the world. There’s a summary of each plant and its various properties, including its common names, ideal growing conditions, where it can be found, and how it is eaten. Each plant is labeled with icons that indicate larger characteristics of the plant according to conditions, such as resistance to drought, heat, and heavy rainfall. Discussion points about food for the changing world are sprinkled throughout amid topics such as agroforestry, plant breeding and diversity, and even plants in space. Readers will find a foraging location guide for their region.
VERDICT This book will appeal to readers interested in foraging and the multitude of edible plants.
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