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Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants

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Paperback, 512 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Forager's Harvest Press (first published 2010)
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David
After reading The Omnivore's Dilemma, I found myself looking at the ground next to the sidewalk when taking my son for walks. I wondered what wild lettuce looked like, was that mushroom growing in my yard edible (the squirrels seemed to think so), and could I eat the red berries on the tree in front of my house? One morning, I noticed a weed on my lawn that I found attractive and thought might make nice ground cover. After several frustrating failed Internet searches, I finally identified my pla ...more
Claire
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves growing or cooking food. This book is not a comprehensive guide to all edible wild food. Instead, it focuses specifically on food the author has identified as being delicious. Thayer is brutally honest about his entries, too. He tells you which parts are tasty and which aren't worth the trouble. I've found three edible wild food plants on the farm in the past week, alone. The discoveries have been revelatory. Trees I've passed by for almost sevent ...more
Catherine
When it comes to adding this to my book list as a "book I read," I should note that this is a guide to wild and edible plants. So I've consulted it really heavily, and also read much of the very interesting and nicely written, personality-filled text between individual plant listings.

Of 6-7 plant guides I've consulted this summer, this is definitely my favorite. I like it because the photos are good and the descriptions are detailed, but also because it tells a story. Through it we learn about
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Linda Robinson
Two same-subject books arrived one day. The books are so alike that I just goofed on which one I read and which I took back to the library. Thayer's book is the one I'll buy and keep. His introduction has a "Claimer" rather than a "Disclaimer" which publishers put in to abrogate responsibility for anyone croaking as a result of eating the wrong thing. Thayer scoffs openly at a publisher that wrote "Neither the authors nor the publishers in any way endorse consumption or other uses of wild plants ...more
David Ward
Nature’s Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Wild Plants by Samuel Thayer (Forager’s Harvest Press 2010) (810.0). Rather than a comprehensive guide to edible wild plants, the author has chosen to focus on the wild foraged foods which he finds to be particularly delicious. Euel Gibbons would have adored this book. My rating: 7/10, finished 9/1/2010.
Julie
It's been really interesting so far. I think this a book I'll need to invest in. It's something that I need to have on hand as the year goes on so I can find these plants and get to know them. A read through of the book isn't going to really do it, I think. I might end up poisoning myself! It makes me excited to try to find them though!
Eric Allan
The best book for plant identification that I've found so far. It has excellent color photos of plants during the different seasons as well as very detailed instructions. For example, the guy has 50 pages on all of the different acorns and what you can do with them.
Jasmine
Colorful, informative guide to wild plants with a touch of humor here and there. Though many of the plants mentioned can't be found in my region, certain sections, like the acorns, black walnuts, and wild carrots, really came in handy.
Veronica Pare
It's interesting, I'm a little intimidated by the adamant insistence that it's more of an abstract guide and you really need personal handon training to use it. I'm also a little disappointed it ignores mushrooms entirely.
Sarah
The second of Thayer's edibles books. I really like his format because he devotes a considerable amount of space to the species he chooses.
Sheri Bauer
Added this and Thayer's "The Forager's Harvest" to my personal bookshelf. These two are the most useable books on the topic that I have found.
Susannah
An excellent book. More of a reference work than something to read right through.
Jojo
this book is awesome
samuel thayer is awesome and has an awesome name too
Tiffany Davidson
Easily the best foraging book I've ever encountered.
Sofia Nitchie
Wish there was a second volume for more plants!
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