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Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt To Plate [Paperback]

John Kallas
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Book Description

May 18 2010 Wild Food Adventure
Imagine what you could do with eighteen delicious new greens in your dining arsenal including purslane, chickweed, curly dock, wild spinach, sorrel, and wild mustard. John Kallas makes it fun and easy to learn about foods you've unknowingly passed by all your life. Through gorgeous photographs, playful, but authoritative text, and ground-breaking design he gives you the knowledge and confidence to finally begin eating and enjoying edible wild plants. Edible Wild Plants divides plants into four flavor categories - foundation, tart, pungent, and bitter. Categorizing by flavor helps readers use these greens in pleasing and predictable ways. According to the author, combining elements from these different categories makes the best salads.

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About the Author

Dr. John Kallas has investigated and taught about edible wild plants since 1970. He founded Wild
Food Adventures (www.wildfoodadventures.com) in 1993 and is the publisher and editor of Wild Food
Adventurer. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edible Wild Plants - Are you serious? Nov. 11 2011
Format:Paperback
If you are genuinely serious about learning AND eating edible wild plants on a regular basis, get this book. I have been gathering wild mushrooms for over 40 years, and foraging for wild foods for over 30 years. I am also a collector of wild mushrooms books, wild food books, wild edible flower books, and sea vegetable (seaweed) books, and have hundreds in my collection, all read cover to cover by the way. In short, if a book is about wild and edible, I probably have it, read it, or reviewed it. I'm hooked, and proudly so.

Dr. Kallas' book is comprehensive, while at the same time being user friendly, practical, and fun: It has better descriptions, deeper explanations, incredible photographs, current nutritional information, and a depth and breadth of facts and knowledge that is incomparable. He explains each plants life cycle in detail, discusses each stage of growth with appropriate photographs, and explains how to identify each of them. He shows and describes the one or more parts of each plant that are edible, where and how to gather them, when and how to prepare them, and includes tantalizing recipes that are accompanied with stunning photographs.

In addition, he discusses at length, the history and future of wild foods and how to grow a wild garden. He explains why eating wild food is not weird, but absolutely normal. And, he emphasizes why learning about, finding, gathering, and eating wild woods is an adventure that is rewarding and fun!

This book is not just a book on wild edible plant identification; it is an all-inclusive user manual, all presented with Dr. Kallas' subtle sense of humor. This book covers more useful information than any of the other books in my collection. If I could have only one book on edible wild plants, it would be Dr. Kallas', period!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great edible wild foods book! Aug. 29 2011
Format:Paperback
Although I'm new to edible foods, I must say this book has increased my curiosity even more. It is simply written and easy to understand. The photos are fantastic and I LOVE that it includes recipes. John Kallas has clearly included the kitchen sink in this book- you get much more than your money's worth! I recently had an edible food friend who looked at this book and said he was so impressed he wants to go get a copy of this book. If you are considering getting into the edible wild food scene more, I'd highly recommend you go get this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars edible wild plants Aug. 25 2010
By robert
Format:Paperback
I have been a student of wild plants, their uses for food and medicine, for over 40 years.
This is the BEST book on edible wild plants i have ever seen. The pictures at different stages of plant growth, and the recipes that are tested and tasty. Well done John!
Robert Rogers AHG
Grant MacEwan University
Edmonton Alberta
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Aspect Is Quality May 12 2012
By Kenn
Format:Paperback
A classic show and tell guide that,in my opinion,is well worth the money. High quality photos, maps of where to find specific plants, alternate names for the same plant, which parts are edible, recipes, a section on nutritional values of wild plants, and much more. I also like the glossy paper that highlights the photos and gives a comfortable feel to the book. Some books focus on the United States, but this book also shows where in Canada these plants can be found. I'm looking forward to more volumes in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All around great book April 7 2014
By Grant
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great book for learning how to gather wild food. Not the typical 1 picture/illustration and 1 paragraph wild edible books out there. The author has devoted a chapter to each plant, covering all the life cycle of the plant. Which as I learned, is very important when harvesting parts when they are at their best :). Buy this book, you will not be disappointed. Although if you're a minimalist camper, this book might be to heavy to bring into the field.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Useful Resource We've Found May 16 2011
By Cameron
Format:Paperback
My kids and I love this book. The kids like the section on "mild" greens best :) It has been the most useful resource that we have found so far in our beginner phase of foraging.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book April 17 2013
Format:Paperback
John says this is his first book in a series- I hope that's true because it is one of my favourite foraging books. Fabulous pictures- LOTS of info on individual plants. Worth the money!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edible wild plants book Jan. 21 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Easy and interesting read. Fun to take on hikes etc. Extremely informative and we have already tried a few plants and they really tasted good:)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the beginer
I give it 3 because I felt that the author has so much more knowledge, for away many more wild plants , and in this book are just a few basic wild edible, which hi shows them in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Endrit
5.0 out of 5 stars Geniously written, great reference book!
Finally! A wild edibles book that takes you through the entire plants life cycle. With recipes too! Humorously written and very informative. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Julie bowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it!
It certainly helped me identify plants out in the field, a great guide.
Published 2 months ago by Sara Despres
5.0 out of 5 stars peta
has a lot of recipes that involve wild edibles. its not a good book if you want to know a lot about different kinds plants but has some good information
Published 3 months ago by jesse porter
4.0 out of 5 stars great
husband has not put it down since I picked up from post office!
Lots of valuable information.
Should be great once our snow melts!
Published 18 months ago by Sunset26
5.0 out of 5 stars Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt To Plate
A lot of research went into this well written book.
I would recommend it to anyone interested in Nature & eating healthy by using nutritious foods usually considered weeds! Read more
Published 18 months ago by judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt To Plate
This book is a great source of information on how to service in the wild I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in survival.
Published 20 months ago by Elizabeth Mantini
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