***Your Help Sought To Update My Foraging Bibliography***
In 1999, I undertook an effort to compile a
comprehensive annotated bibliography of every book published in the English language
on the subject of edible wild plants. The bibliography I put together also includes a sampling of books containing information on wild
medicinal herbs, mushrooms, fin and shellfish, game animals, poisonous plants and other uses for wild plants.
I would now like to bring this project up-to-date and include the foraging books, videos, DVDs, etc. that
have been published since 1999, as well as any earlier ones that I have missed (whether or not they're still in print). So
I would be grateful for any of you that are willing to help me in this effort, such as bringing to my attention
publications that are not included in my bibliography but should be. What would be most helpful
would be to get the info in a citation format similar to the one I used for my 1999 bibliography, but if that's
too onerous I am happy to get the info in whatever format is most convenient to you. Please send whatever info you
have to me via e-mail.
Thanks in advance for your help on this project.
Here's the link to my 1999 foraging bibliography (in .pdf format); an updated excerpt is below.
Edible Wild Plant Bibliography (excerpt)
[NOTE: These selections were culled out of a much larger bibliography I'm compiling on edible wild plants and related subjects (see explanation above).
I've found the books on this list below particularly useful for foraging in New England.
Most of them are still in print and/or available at local libraries.
Compiled by Russell A. Cohen, March 14, 2004.]
Angier, Bradford , Feasting Free on Wild Edibles. New York: Pyramid Books. c1966
(also published by Stackpole Books in 1972) 288pp. Paperback.
Angier, Bradford, Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books. c1974 255pp. Hardcover and Softcover.
- a one-volume edition of two earlier books: Free for the Eating and More free for the Eating Wild Foods
- good recipes for some plants
- drawings are sketchy
- pretty comprehensive
- organized alphabetically by common name
- nice color drawings
- 116 species, therefore, leaves some out
- good descriptions, recipes are sketchy
- good single source
Arora, David , All that the Rain Promises, and More... A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press. c1991 264pp. Softcover.
- great color photos of mushrooms and people enjoying them
- entertaining reading; great anecdotes
- although focusing on Western mushrooms, some species covered can be found in the East
Brackett, Babette and Mary Ann Lash , The Wild Gourmet. Boston: David R. Godine. c1975 160pp. Hardcover and softcover.
- beautifully printed
- arranged by season
- lots of good recipes
- authors live in Rockport, MA and plants in the book can be found in that area
Brill, "Wildman" Steve and Evelyn Dean , Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and not so wild) Places. New York: Hearst Books. c1994 317pp. Softcover (folio-size).
- very comprehensive
- book is organized by time of year and habitat
- good b/w illustrations of each plant
- numerous and good recipes
Derby, Blanche Cybele, My Wild Friends: Free Food from Field and Forest.
Northampton, MA: White Star Press. c1997 264pp. Softcover (spiral-bound).
- contains over 40 "chapters" each focusing on a particular plant (and a few mushrooms), including personal anecdotes and recipes
- Blanche, a high school art teacher, drew marvellous and somewhat fanciful illustrations for the book, choosing a relevant "theme" drawing to head each chapter
Elias, Thomas S. and Peter A. Dykeman, Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide. New York: Sterling Publishing Co. c1990 286 pp. Softcover.
Fernald, Merritt Lyndon and Alfred Charles Kinsey , Edible Wild Plants of Eastern North America. New York: Harper and Row. c1943,1958 452pp. Hardcover.
- well-organized, by season
- good color photos
- still considered to be one of the foremost works on this subject
- comprehensive coverage
- good botanical drawings, but some plants aren't illustrated
- recently put back into print (Dover)
- extensive bibliography containing references to a number of books from the 1800s and earlier
Fischer, David W. and Alan E. Bessette, Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America: A field to kitchen guide. c1992 254pp. Softcover.
- good verbal descriptions and color photos
- mouth-watering recipes
Gardon, Anne The Wild Food Gourmet: Fresh and savory food from nature.
Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books. c1998 (originally published in French in 1994 by Les Editions
de l'Homme as La Cuisine des Champs). 174pp. Softcover.
- author grew up in Provence (France) and now lives south of Montreal; the 40 or so plant and mushroom species covered in the book can be found in that region
- contains dozens of recipes utilizing these plants/mushrooms, ranging from simple to complex preparations
- features numerous gorgeous close-up color photos of wild plants and mushrooms and the gourmet dishes prepared from them
Gibbons, Euell and Gordon Tucker, Euell Gibbons' Handbook of Edible Wild Plants. Virginia Beach, VA: Donning (a Unilaw Library Book). c1979 319pp.
- Gibbons died in 1975 while this work was underway, and Tucker was recruited to complete the book while in college and graduate school
- illustrations are by Freda Gibbons, Euell's widow
- quite comprehensive, covers most of North America
- preparation methods and some simple recipes are provided
Gibbons, Euell, Stalking the Blue-eyed Scallop. New York: David McKay Co. c1964 332pp. Paperback and Hardcover.
Gibbons, Euell, Stalking the Wild Asparagus. New York: David McKay Co. c1962 (a 25th anniversary edition was published by A.C. Hood (dist. by Countryman Press, Woodstock, VT) in 1987) 303pp.
- Focuses on shellfish, but good info on seaweeds and shoreline edible wild plants of both coasts.
- The first of Gibbons' books, and probably the most useful
- well-organized, plants are for the most part sorted alphabetically
Hall, Alan , The Wild Food Trail Guide. New York: Henry Holt and Co. (an Owl Book). ©1973 230pp. Softcover.
- no photos, but each or the 85 species of edible wild plants covered in the book are illustrated with generally high-quality b/w illustrations
- also includes writeups and illustrations of 12 common poisonous plants
Johnson, Cathy The Wild Foods Cookbook: Vegetables, salads, desserts, preserves and beverages from the field to your table. New York: Stephen Greene Press/Pelham Books (Penguin). c1989 236pp. Softcover.
- excellent recipes (more than 250) are sorted by type (salads, soups, main dishes, breads, preserves, desserts, beverages); main course dishes include fish and game recipes
- a handful of well-known edible mushrooms species are included
- many helpful b/w illustrations
Kluger, Marilyn , The Wild Flavor: Delectable wild foods to be found in field and forest and cooked in country kitchens. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher (distributed by Houghton Mifflin). c1973 285pp. Paperback.
- plants only (no wild meats)
- well-organized recipes
- organized by season
- especially good for south midwestern plants
Lincoff, Gary H., The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. c1981 926pp. Softcover.
- very good photos, grouped by similar field characteristics.
- currently the most popular single source used by mushroom hunters in the field.
Peterson, Lee Allen, A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants of Eastern/Central North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. c1977 330pp. Paperback with 75 color photographs. [Revised edition published in 1985 by Easton Press, Norwalk, CT.]
- part of the Peterson Field Guide series
- organized by color of flower or branching habit
Phillips, Roger, Wild Food. Boston: Little, Brown and Co. c1986 192pp. Paperback (folio-size).
- enthusiastic recipes
- excellent photographs of the plants and the dishes prepared from them at the locations where the plants were harvested
- includes a good section on mushrooms
- is now, unfortunately, out of print
Richardson, Joan , Wild Edible Plants of New England (including poisonous plants often encountered). Yarmouth, ME: DeLorme Publishing Co. c1981 217pp. Softcover.
- species are grouped by habitat, with edible and poisonous species discussed together, each marked with a “yum” or “yuck” symbol as appropriate
- 179 color photos, generally grouped by habitat, with similar-looking edible and (identified as such) poisonous species often presented on the same page (helpful or confusing depending upon your perspective); sparse b/w illustrations
- includes a short chapter on edible and poisonous mushrooms
Seymour, Tom Foraging New England: Finding, Identifying and Preparing Edible Wild Foods and Medicinal Plants from Maine to Connecticut.
Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press (part of the Falcon Guide series). ©2002 183pp. Paperback with 87 color photos.
- plants are grouped by habitat
- includes a handful of well-known and easy-to-recognize mushroom species
- author is from coastal Maine and the plants selected for the book reflect that – although the book claims to cover New England, many well-known
wild edibles found in southern New England such as Sassafras, Shagbark Hickory, Beach Plum, Mulberry and Pokeweed are left out
- includes a well-written section on edible wild animals (bullfrogs and a half dozen shellfish species)
- color photos are of uneven quality (many are out of focus)
Last Update: 11/24/08
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Schedule of Russ's Edible Wild Plant Walks/Courses
Russ Cohen's Biography
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