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About the Author
John Kallas is one of
the foremost authorities on North American edible wild
plants and other foragables. He's learned about wild foods
through formal academic training and over 35 years of
hands-on field research. John has a doctorate in nutrition,
a master's in education, and degrees in biology and zoology.
He's a trained botanist, nature photographer, writer,
researcher, and teacher. He's taught thousands of people
about wild foods, given hundreds of wild food presentations
to a wide variety of groups, assembled a comprehensive wild
food library, and documented hundreds of wild foods in
photographs and notes. Between newsletters, magazines,
academic periodicals, and the Internet, John has published
over 100 articles on edible wild plants. In 1993, he founded
the Institute for the Study of Edible Wild Plants and Other
Foragables along with its educational branch, Wild Food
Adventures. John's company is based in Portland, Oregon,
where he offers regional workshops, and multi-day intensives
on wild foods. John travels the rest of North America
conducting field research, training special groups and
organizations, and speaks at conferences and universities.
For more see the Author page.
About the Publisher
Gibbs-Smith: We publish books designed
to "enrich and inspire mankind".
Book is the Solution
To Your Learning Needs
The field of wild
foods, first popularized by Euell Gibbons in the 1960s, has
been languishing from neglect. For a field with so much
potential, wild foods remain a mystery after almost fifty
years of books on the subject. People buy books and try to
study the subject but come away with little understanding,
knowledge, or confidence in their ability to identify the
plants. Fear of the unknown results in less experimenting
and even fewer pleasant dining experiences.
Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate is a pictorial guide to edible
plants. It reveals what wild foods are all about, showing
dramatic evidence of their potential for use, and describes
them in unprecedented depth, clarity, and in full
color—the kind of depth that gives readers confidence
in their ability to correctly identify, recognize and
finally begin using plants. Three hundred sharp photographs
illustrate: different growth stages from seedling to fully
mature plant, close-ups of edible parts at their choicest,
processing techniques, key recipes, and finished dishes.
This book reduces fears of misidentification and takes the
mystery, not the romance or fun, out of the discovery
process. In no time, readers go beyond just tasting to
incorporating these foods into regular meals. Then going
beyond that to inventing their own new recipes.
Universal Plants Covered
Most of the plants in
this book are found throughout the United States, southern
Canada, Europe, the Mediterranean, and parts of Asia.
From the Back Cover
Edible Wild Plants
provides what you really need to know to have your own wild
food adventures. Whether a beginner or advanced wild food
aficionado, gardener, chef, botanist, nutritionist,
scientist, or a dieter with special needs, this book is for
you. Author John Kallas gives you unprecedented details,
maps, simple explanations, and multiple close-up photographs
of every plant covered at every important stage of growth.
You learn that a plant is not only edible but when, why, and
how it is. He can turn you into a successful, well-fed, and
happy forager anywhere in North America.
Edible Wild Plants:
Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate is substantial in content,
easy to use, cleverly written, and fun to read. Rich with
photographs, it gives the reader the tools to be successful
early and often at identifying, gathering, and dining on
these plants. Based on the experiences of John Kallas, a
life long, full time wild food researcher, teacher, and
author, it catapults a novice into many early triumphs,
provides plenty of new useful and practical information for
the seasoned professional, and offers naturalists a resource
from which to teach wild food concepts.