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Edible Garden Weeds of Canada by Adam F.…

Edible Garden Weeds of Canada (1988)

by Adam F. Szczawinski, Nancy J. Turner (Author)

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A comprehensive survey of edible weeds with clear drawings of all and colour photos of many. The book is beautifully designed and the text well-researched. However, I have a few issues with it. First, the section on plants to avoid has no visuals or identifying characteristics at all. If you want to know which plants are dangerous, you must obtain another field guide. Not all of the edible plants are well-identified either. For example, lambs-quarters, which I know very well as a staple of our family's diet: the plant is not very well-described and the picture is of a plant well past the time when the leaves are edible. It would be hard for a novice harvester to identify the plant at all. Finally, the book comes with a plethora of recipes but no indication that the recipes have been tested or made even once. Many recipes look like they might be good, but with no comments on taste, no acknowledgements of source or kitchen help, and the fact that many of them use quantities of purchased ingredients, I feel uneasy about trying them. An extreme example of a questionable recipe, Knotweed Prairie Pudding, involves 3 cups of knotweed (all vegetable quantities, by the way, are given in volume not weight with no indication of whether loosely or firmly packed, and this alone renders the cookbook less useful), 3 cups of honey(!), 1/3 cup of butter, and 3 cups of soft bread cubes. Combine the ingredients and boil for 30 minutes, season with cinnamon and nutmeg, serves 6 -- each of whom is expected to eat half a cup of honey. Not happening.

If I had no other source of information on edible weeds, I would definitely keep this book on the shelf. However, Euell Gibbons's recipes are much more thoughtful and the Peterson Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants covers the identification angle very well, with the addition of tips for identifying and avoiding dangerous plants. ( )
  muumi | Aug 8, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0889027528, Paperback)

This illustrated guide and cookbook will introduce you to foods that are delicious, rich in vitamins and minerals, and yours for the picking. These so-called weeds can be found in your own garden or on a country walk, and are as nutritious as the more common vegetables.

The first in a series on edible wild plants of Canada, this book describes over forty common weeds, indicates where they can be found, and explains how to prepare them by means of simple and original recipes.

Winner of an international award for design excellence, Edible Garden Weeds of Canada has been so well received that it is now in its third printing.

Published in trust for the National Museum of Natural Sciences

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