Why I like it: I would give this 4 stars for the content. I was happy to find a book that actually addressed the ecological consequences of "ethical wild-harvesting". The author suggests keeping field notes, and gives specific things you should observe, which seemed like a great idea. Most of the book is a plant-by-plant guide with the following: name, picture (though the id is not sufficient in my experience, you would still need a good id book or 2), actions, habitat and range, applications, alternatives and adjuncts, propagation and growth characteristics, gathering season and general guidelines, care after gathering, plant-animals interdependence, and tread lightly. Each heading (except for the name etc) contain about a paragraph of text.
What I'd like to see improved:
Given that I've found so few books that really delve into the ecology, this one is a keeper for me, and I'm sure to share with others. Still I wish there was more depth, not as specific as I'd hoped about the ecology. Also, the herbs are bit more focused on the western US (where the author lives), and I am in the east (though there are some important entries that are found in the east).
The biggest problem was with the press not the author. The book goes from pg 18 to page pg 195-210, then back to pg 35. pgs 19-34 are missing. 195-210 are repeated later. I am not sure if all the books are like that, I got the second printing (2006).