Happily, it is no longer
difficult to find any one book that will give all the the
information you might like to know about any particular
plant. Our "All-in-One" category has books that do this but
only for the plants covered. A good all-in-one wild food
book gives you the following: 1) Thorough edibility
information based on experience. 2) Enough clear and
puposeful photographs and descriptive content to identify
the plant at critical stages of growth and critical stages
of edibility. 3) Processing and preparation information that
can take you from yuk to delicious. All the other books will
only do some of those things. So do you just want to be
able to identify the plant or its parts? Do you just want
recipes? Detailed personal accounts of forager experiences?
The human-related or natural history of a plant? Nutrient
data? Medicinal uses? Toxicity? Other uses besides food?
Your interests will determine the kinds of books you might
want for your personal wild food library.
Your Personal Wild
Is a collection of books and other educational resources
that have different strengths and weaknesses. If chosen
wisely, your books, taken together, will provide reasonable
coverage of any particular plant and its edibility. The
books that cover everything you need to know to safely begin
ingesting wild plants do not cover all the thousands of
plants out there. So if you are trying to learn about plants
not covered by the all-in-one books, you need to build a
library of mutually supportive books that can help you piece
the full story together.
The study of wild
foods brings together the fields of botany, nutrition, food
preparation, food toxicology, and historical foodways.
Authors cannot know everything and occasionally will get
things wrong, give dangerous perspectives, or even fail to
warn you that dandelion greens are really often bitter to
most people in the raw form! But you can safeguard yourself
by using a smart 'collection' of books.
How Your Library
If your interest is strictly edible wild plants, a good
'starting' library would be the three books in our
"All-in-One" category. Build on that with a mix of good
regional books for your area that together will provide you
with reliable edibility and identification information. Add
books as you see fit.
If your interest is
medicinal plants, a good starting library would be three
good books on plant identification, three good books on
medicinal plants, and one good book on poisonous plants. For
more interests, add three more books from each new area.
Develop your library as your interests develop.
What You Will Find
Hundreds of books
have been examined and reviewed by Wild Food Adventures.
Only the best have been included at this site. These books
are not perfect (no book is) - they rise to the top due to
our criteria and a combination of features. The criteria
depends on the category they are listed in. Those criteria
are stated at the top of each review page that you visit.
No book is listed
unless we have seen and evaluated it
additional information (including other reviews and ratings)
through special links we provide to Amazon.com (the discount
on-line book seller).
What You Won't Find
Books with little
or no redeeming value, books that just repeat the same brief
uninformed and uninspired information, and "good effort but
not top of the line" books are not listed here.
Are not exclusive
of each other. For instance, the "All-in-One" books could
fit in any of the categories. "Some" books in the
"Edibility" category include "some" information and
illustrations to help you identify the plants. They may or
may not include recipes. They may also cover some poisonous
plants. Some books in the Identification category might
include some edibility information. Use these categories to
begin and to develop your wild food library.
More Categories to
As we get time we
will review and post books in the following categories:
Mushrooms, General Plant Identification, Primitive Skills, Survival, Edible Landscaping, Edible Flowers, and Good Reads