Monday, 2 December 2013

Review: 'The Front Yard Forager' by Melany Vorass Herrera

The Front Yard Forager by Melany Vorass Herrera, 2013, Skipstone, $18.95, softbound, 191 pages. Category/Genre: cooking/reference. Cover: pleasant. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

It must first be noted that foragers must take extreme caution when collecting weeds for consumption, as there can be deadly look-alikes and even the 'safe' ones can sometimes be harmful. 

To aid the novice in identifying harmful plants, this book contains a section on poisonous weeds common in urban areas. There are also photographs and descriptions of edible weeds (although the photos are black-and-white, and there could ideally be more), as well as information on where to find the weed in question, when to harvest it and how, what parts of it to eat, and poisonous look-alikes to avoid. 

Recipes for each weed are included, as well as a description of the taste, how to store and cook the weed, benefits to eating the weed, and who should avoid the weed altogether. 

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