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Alan Hall is a journalist, author and teacher with a career that spans nearly four decades
Alan Hall is a journalist, author and teacher with a career that spans nearly four decades. He graduated from Cornell University with majors in Journalism and science writing in 1967. He moved to New York to pursue a career but had a weekend house (a run down farm) near Cornell. Because his father was a botanist and naturalist, he took to rural life and learned plant lore. He took a leave of absence and moved to the upstate NY farm and produced much of the manuscript there.
Invaluable in identifying, locating, and preparing wild foods, this guide is as handy in the backyard as on the trail. Describes the appearance, habitats, and culinary uses of numerous North American wild plants and identifies common poisonous plants.
Welcome to Omnivore Books on Food's New Online Store. A guide to the 85 most common edible plants of North America: where to find them and how to eat them. Collections: Vintage & Antiquarian Books.
The Wild Food Trail Guide (second e. Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra Willd. US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. New York: Holt, Rhinehart and Winston. p. 214. ^ Peterson, Lee (1977). A field guide to edible wild plants of eastern and central North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 172. ^ a b Nelson, Guy (2006). Dale, Thomas . Scogin, Dixie B. (1988).
For a book with literally hundreds of wild food recipes, look for the out-of-print Northern Cookbook by Eleanor A. Ellis (Hurtig).
Another superb book with a lot of wild food recipes is Billy Joe Tatum's Wild Foods Cookbook and Field Guide (Workman). It is a excellent resource, and the illustrations are good as well. Among our favourites are Euell Gibbons's Stalking the Wild Asparagus, which came out in the 1960s, The Wild Food Trail Guide by Alan Hall, and The Edible Wild by Berndt Berglund and Clare E. Bolsby. You may also want to peruse the Foxfire series published by Anchor books in the early 1970s. For a book with literally hundreds of wild food recipes, look for the out-of-print Northern Cookbook by Eleanor A.
Many people prefer wild salad greens such as dandelion in the spring before flowering, when they are sweet and tender, but some, like the astringent, tough flavor of the mature plant. Marilyn Kruger in The Wild Flavor, a new lookandcook book, recommends that poke, dande lion and chicory be planted in earth filled flats indoors, for winter greens.
A reliable guide book Becoming a hardcore forager is not difficult. Another basic manual of identification and use of wild plants is The Wild Food Trail Guide by Alan Hall. Sadly, this book is out of print
A reliable guide book Becoming a hardcore forager is not difficult. It takes a fair amount of time to learn the basics of foraging, then a lifetime of honing those basic skills. The first thing to do is to find a reliable guide book to learn which plants are good for what. The classic in the field is Stalking The Wild Asparagus, by the late Euell Gibbons. Sadly, this book is out of print. It might be found in used bookstores, or your library may be able to get you a copy via inter-library loan.