I thought from reading the description of the book that this would not only have details about plants and things, but real pictures. It states that it's illustrated, and in the preview they show a few color pages of images of the plants, etc. But they fail to tell you that there are less than 10 pages in the middle of colored real pictures of the items held in the book. I feel that it is not a horrible book, but not a great book by it's self. I think if you had other resources to check what you are foraging, that this book will help you figure out how to prepare a meal with those items. It's not a book that you can just take with you hiking and pick stuff out, unless you already know what these things look like. Like I said, it's not a horrible book there are some good points of it. The recipes will be helpful, and some history is nice to know about the items the book contains. The one HUGE thing is the images, if this book contained all photo images of the items included in it, it would be a fabulous book to take with you. So just an FYI if you want something with images accompanying descriptions and such, this is not the book you want.