How To Forage for Wild Foods Without Dying: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Identifying 40 Edible Wild Plants

Storey. Oct. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781635866131. pap. $16.99. COOKING
This book by expert forager Zachos (The Wildcrafted Cocktail; cohost, Plantrama) joins a number of other guides for finding and preparing wild edibles that derive from the parts or wholes of common flowers, weeds, trees, and shrubs. Enhanced by lavish photographs and a friendly narrative tone, the book offers a responsibly researched and charming take on why and when to forage, how to locate and identify 40 of the most common plants that may be collected safely, and what to do with them once they’re brought home. The book directs readers to secondary sources for further research. There’s also an index with both the Latin and common names of each plant, best preparation techniques, and caveats. The author also wisely urges would-be foragers to seek professional advice if there’s even minor doubt about any plant’s safety.
VERDICT This handsome book has real utility as a field companion for safe, wild plant hunts.
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