Cover image for Guide to wild foods and useful plants
Title:
Guide to wild foods and useful plants
Author:
Nyerges, Christopher.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xvi, 237 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781556523441
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Central Library QK98.5.A1 N94 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Searching...
Central Library QK98.5.A1 N94 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Searching...
Newstead Library QK98.5.A1 N94 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Clarence Library QK98.5.A1 N94 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Eden Library QK98.5.A1 N94 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Hamburg Library QK98.5.A1 N94 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Audubon Library QK98.5.A1 N94 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

An array of abundant wild foods is available to hikers, campers, botanists or anyone interested in living closer to the earth. Written by a leading expert on wild foods and a well-known teacher of survival skills, Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants is more than a listing of plant types--it teaches how to recognize edible plants and where to find them, their medicinal and nutritional properties, and their growing cycles. It also includes fascinating folklore about plants, personal anecdotes about trips and meals, simple and tasty recipes, and photographs.


Author Notes

Christopher Nyerges is the codirector with his wife of the School of Self-Reliance, where he has taught classes on wild foods and survival skills since 1974. He is an associate editor of Wilderness Way and west coast editor of Wild Food Forum . He has published hundreds of articles on wild foods, gardening, self-reliance, and survival skills in American Survival Guide , Whole Life Times , Mother Earth News , Herbalist , and many other magazines. He and his wife, Dolores, live in Los Angeles. Ed Begley, Jr, is an actor and an environmental activist.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Nyerges, an authority on survival skills, discusses 71 wild foods--from agave to yucca--and tells where they can be found. Some of the more familiar plants are chickweed, chicory, dandelion, fennel, grass, milkweed, nasturtium, prickly pear, thistle, and yarrow. Photographs, other illustrations, and textual descriptions of the various parts of the plants (stalks, stems, leaves, and flowers) make identification easy. In each listing, the author explains the plant's edible properties and medicinal uses, where to find it, and its growing cycle. The book also includes some plant folklore and several recipes. A few of the plants, such as poison hemlock, tree tobacco, and jimsonweed, are poisonous but have some medicinal value. There is a pictorial key to leaf shapes and one to fruits and seeds, as well as a glossary, If you're lost in the woods, the book could save your life; if you're interested in plant life and botany, the book is fascinating reading. --George Cohen


Library Journal Review

Nyerges, author of the first edition, intended to lead readers back to nature with this part field guide, part reference manual. The book discusses how to make medicine and food with natural ingredients, and tells readers about the numerous poisonous plants, which are denoted by red skull and crossbones. Each entry includes photographs of the plant, and information on prominent characteristics, beneficial properties, detrimental properties, where it is found, its growing cycle, and on lore and signature. There is a pictorial key to leaf shapes, recipes using some of the plants, and procedures for plants as medicine. Well written and easily understood, this title will make a great addition where outdoor activities are popular. VERDICT Recommended for survivalists, those who spend much time outdoors, those in the invasive plant arena, and homeowners seeking to identify vegetation on their property.-Christine Sharbrough, Chelmsford P.L., MA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Google Preview