The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants

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The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants PDF

The Forager's HarvestA guide to 32 of the best and most common edible wild plants in North America, with detailed information on how to identify them, where they are found, how and when they are harvested, which parts are used, how they are prepared, as well as their culinary use, ecology, conservation, and cultural history.

About the Author

Samuel Thayer is an internationally recognized authority on edible wild plants who has authored two award-winning books on the topic, Nature’s Garden and The Forager’s Harvest. He has taught foraging and field identification for more than two decades. Besides lecturing and writing, Samuel is an advocate for sustainable food systems who owns a diverse organic orchard and harvests wild rice, acorns, hickory nuts, maple syrup, and other wild products. He lives in rural northern Wisconsin with his wife and three children.

Sam Thayer was born in Wausau, Wisconsin, where he first learned to gather wild food in vacant lots, backyards, city parks, and at the edge of town. Later, his family moved to rural southern Wisconsin, and then to Madison. Sam’s first presentation on edible wild plants was to his seventh grade science class, demonstrating the foods that he collected regularly on his three-mile walk to school. He began “survival camping” at fourteen and led his first wild food walks when he was 19. After graduating from high school, he moved near the south shore of Lake Superior and built a rustic log cabin on an abandoned farmstead, chasing his childhood dream of “living off the land” while working part-time at a variety of jobs.

Since 2000, when he won the Hazel Wood National Wild Foods Cooking Contest, Sam has been teaching regularly on edible wild plants, giving workshops across the United States. In 2002 he was inducted into the National Wild Foods Hall of Fame at North Bend State Park in West Virginia. His first book, The Forager’s Harvest, has won a Midwest Book Award, IPPY Book Award, and was a finalist for the USA Book News Best Books 2007 award. It has been a steady Amazon category best-seller and has sold more than 100,000 copies. His second book, Nature’s Garden, has received similar acclaim and sold over 75,000 copies. Incredible Wild Edibles was released November 1, 2017.

He currently lives in the woods of northwestern Wisconsin with his wife, Melissa, their daughters, Myrica and Rebekah and son, Joshua. Along with speaking and writing, he is also a maple syrup producer, wild rice harvester, owns a small organic orchard, and has been revitalizing a lost tradition of making hickory nut oil.

Besides wild food foraging, Sam is an all-around naturalist with particular interest in reptiles, amphibians, bird watching, botany, and mammals. His passion for wild food extends to studying the origin of cultivated plants and the socio-economic history of the human diet.

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I own over two dozen books on foraging. Most are awkward reference material at best. Nine I have read cover to cover. Sam Thayer’s three (besides this one, Nature’s Garden and Incredible Wild Edibles) are the only ones I have read through twice, and they are still the most often referenced books on my shelf. In fact I will go so far as to say that the basic education provided here on how to go about locating food plants, and making identifications generally is enough that by the time you have read The Forager’s Harvest and Nature’s Garden, not only will you know how to recognize a number of edible plants, but you will actually know what you’re doing in a way that allows you to use the internet to learn specifics of other species. There is simply no other book that does this.

Traditional field guides include hundreds of species of plants with far too little detail to identify with the confidence needed to actually eat them. This book is the only one I’ve seen that provides enough information about each subject to actually use the plant with this as the sole reference.

I just wish he would write a mushroom book too! -Amazon

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