Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods: Elias, Thomas, Dykeman, Peter: 9781402767159: Amazon.com: Books
10 reviews for Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods: Elias, Thomas, Dykeman, Peter: 9781402767159: Amazon.com: Books
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This is an easy to understand book guide on edible plants with full color pictures. It has information on seasons and shows what region of the United States the plants are likely to be found. It also has recipes and other information plus on poisonous plants and look alikes. I used an earlier addition of this feild guide and found it very useful in derermining edible plants. I found food I would have likely not eaten without this reference. Its great for backwoods camping and backpacking or even desert hiking. No info on mushrooms. And includes nutbearing trees.
Absolutely the best book on edible plant identification available. Clear sharp COLOR photo of each one and on heavy duty pages. It fits well in my side BDU pants pocket.Little expensive, but in this case you really get what you pay for. Not only will I recommend to friends, but a friend of mine that’s a survivalist took one look at it and went out and bought his own copy (he already has 6 other books, and thinks this is the best of the best).
Ann Ebe –
I’m so incredibly impressed with this guide. I love how easily you can cross-reference plants based on the seasons, region, location of habitat, and types. It is simply to figure out, and yet, so very comprehensive. The color photos are going to really help with plant identification. (I can’t even imagine trying to use one of those guides that uses line art drawings.) There are only 2 or so pages with black and white photos and I haven’t figured out if that means anything, The cover is paper-back, but it is heavy-duty and glossy and will hold up during expeditions. The pages are also a heavier paper stock. The print is clear and easy to read. (Did I mention I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cross-referencing index system!) The book clearly identifies safe plants, and lists only a few of the toxic plants. (Although it does state when certain plants or parts of plants are toxic.) Author wisely advises you to get a companion book on toxic plants since this one focuses on the edible ones. I’ve already read the entire book and have no complaints.
Bryan H. –
The book explains the plants well. It gives recipes, plenty of pictures, gives a few examples of poisonous look-a-likes, and is an all-around great book. I would say if you are looking for a region specific book for edible plants, this isn’t for you. However, if you are looking for a book that will be good for your travels throughout the U.S., this book is it. It isn’t a beginner’s guide to identifying plants, but is a great book if you know some plant terminology. The nutrition table is great! (like the nutrition label on food you by at the store) It allows you to know what each plant provides and what nutrition you can supplement with each plant. I cannot express how great of a guide book this is. Again, not the know all, has all type of book, and not for all edible plants. That book would be well over 300 pages.
Love the colorful pictures. Other books for years had drawings but this book has colorful pictures to identify the plant. So much better. My grandmother and I used to go ‘greening’ each Spring and she knew everything about edible plants. Haven’t looked myself for years because not sure what was what due to faulty memory and line drawings in books. This renews my interest in foraging for greens once again as can really see what the plant looks like.
Jonathan E. Kiser –
I bought this book as a gift for a friend. I own an original hardback copy and it’s an incredibly useful resource for understanding how to properly forage use and prepare many of the plants that are edible within the North American area. It even give the information about plants that are toxic to humans. An exceptional guide.
man with no name –
If your a outdoorsman/huntsman like me and you don’t buy any thing else on Amazon today buy this book. This is by far the best wild edibles book I have ever seen and I own a few. Its small compact and reads like a true guide book. I carry two books in the woods with me the bible and this book.
Robert Beasley –
This book is worth its weight in gold if you like to know what you can/can’t eat. This is the number one guide. I have made countless salads from my lawn weeds, and learned of many trail nibbles, Greenbrier’s my personal fave. I have also compiled a plethora of notes on medicinal, meat prep, water, everything. This is my go to book. If I travel further than 50 miles from home, it always comes with, sealed in a watertight bag.
Tag Bunny –
Born in Arizona, my brother and I roamed the desert and forests much of the time, learning how to live comfortably in those environments. Expanding into the Rocky Mountain western states requires much more research, of which this book is an important learning tool. Thomas Elias and Peter Dykeman provided great photographs for this sample-selection of edible plants, as well as a dedicated section for poisonous plants to avoid. A little US States graphic shows general range each variety grows in. This is a nicely-produced guild with robust pages – excellent for hiking and learning. I consider this to be an essential guide in my hiking pack. Thanks!
jean m. –
Very informative and pictures to help identify the plants , as well as a great description. We have average that is heavily wooded and it’s very helpful in teaching edible plants versus possible dangerous ones. Arrived promptly and in excellent condition.