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Identifying & Harvesting Edible And Medicinal [Paperback]

Steve Brill
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Feb. 16 1994 And Not So Wild Places

Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places shows readers how to find and prepare more than five hundred different plants for nutrition and better health, including such common plants as mullein (a tea made from the leaves and flowers suppresses a cough), stinging nettle (steam the leaves and you have a tasty dish rich in iron), cattail (cooked stalks taste similar to corn and are rich in protein), and wild apricots (an infusion made with the leaves is good for stomach aches and disgestive disorders).

More than 260 detailed line drawings help readers identify a wide range of plants -- many of which are suited for cooking by following the more than thirty recipes included in this book. There are literally hundreds of plants readily available underfoot waiting to be harvested and used either as food or as a potential therapeutic. This book is both a field guide to nature's bounty and a source of intriguing information about the plants that surround us.


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About the Author

"Wildman" Steve Brill's nature tours of New York City's Central Park are widely attended in the spring and throughout the summer. He is an educator, broadcaster, and naturalist based in New York City.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointed Oct. 16 2003
Format:Paperback
On the whole, this book is interesting and informative, but I was slightly disappointed with the logical layout. The information in the book is fairly detailed and interesting, but is presented in a narrative manner. The book takes a season/habitat based approach... I guess I was expecting a more trait-based heirarchical listing system. Something that would facilitate taking an unknown plant and quickly looking up the answers to "what is it? is it edible? is it medicinal? if so, what are the details"
The approach also tends to give details on a few interesting / especially good flavored or nutricious plants and then gives a names-only grocery list of "Edible and medicinal plants" and then one of "For Observation only"
So, in summary, if you know a bit about general plant identification and your focus is on what's available for the season and habitat, this book is a valuable resource, but if you're looking for a field identification and classification tool, this is probably not the best choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book was recommended to me by a friend when I mentioned an interest in wildcrafting -- the only problem is, my friend is much more nature-literate than I -- and while the information in this book far surpasses any other I've seen, the illustrations are (beautiful) pencil drawings devoid of color.
Otherwise an excellent resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top 10 herb books in print. June 28 1999
Format:Paperback
As a professional herbalist and herbal teacher I have over two hundred herbals and field guides at my disposal. Steve "Wildman" Brill leads the field in combining an herbal and edible plant field guide, which is readable, comprehensive, and most important ACCURATE. His final chapter of recipes will make most readers want to head into the backcountry just to find the proper edibles. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for the beginner or the professional herbalist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for the green fingered Jan. 13 2014
By paula
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I got this book for my moter in laws christmas and she loved it. I read all the reviews before I purchased it and they were helpful in me making a decision. The book is a work of art and there are very intricate line drawings in it. The info is very accurate and easy to digest. The author has lots of knowledge crammed in this book and it is well worth getting if you are curious about all the uses plants can be used for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars informative Aug. 13 2013
By Jody
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Good book for those seeking information on identified plants. Great companion material for someone who is capable of identifying plants. Not recommended for those who are seeking a book that will detail how to recognize the specific plants, however.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!! May 20 2002
Format:Paperback
WOW! This book has most any plant you can think of. I wish the pictures were in color but I'm sure that is a cost issue. Well worth the money! Very Interesting and Informative!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book now! June 2 2000
By Tanya
Format:Paperback
This is a fantastic book. Very thorough information about finding, identifying, harvesting, preparing, and uses of edible wild plants. The plant drawings are fantastic and much easier to use than color photos. I enjoy his emphasis on finding edibles in your lawn or other "not so wild" places. Also includes lots of invaluable information on poisonous plants to avoid and poisonous "look-alikes" to beware of. He has a great sense of humor and an entertaining style. I bought the book and then had to immediately by another as a gift. I just got lunch by weeding my driveway...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book! Oct. 8 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
OUT OF THE 4 BOOKS THAT I OWN ON THE SUBJECT. THIS IS THE BEST GUIDE ON EDIBLE WILD PLANTS THAT I HAVE READ.DON'T LET THE FACT THAT THERE ARE NO PHOTOS IN THE BOOK BE A CONCERN. THE DRAWINGS ARE EXCELLENT! EVERYTHING IS IN DETAIL WITH SIDE NOTES POINTING TO SPECIFIC PARTS, POISONIOUS LOOK A LIKES ARE MENTIONED AS WELL AS DETAILED DRAWINGS OF THEM. AT THE END, THERE ARE MANY GREAT RECIPES! BY THE WAY, CHECK OUT ONE OF THE HIKES IF YOUR IN THE TRI-STATE AREA (CONN NY NJ) WILDMAN HIMSELF GIVES A WALK AND A LECTURE FROM MAR-DEC. CHECK OUT HIS WEBSITE [...]
HAPPY FORAGING!
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