paper, 96 pp, $9.95
What a handy little guide! It’s compact, lightweight, yet sturdy, and provides information on the 90 most common edible wild plants in the U.S. A measuring guide (in inches and centimeters) on the back cover helps determine size. Todd Telander is both a naturalist and an artist and has provided charming illustrations of a wide variety of plants. He has grouped them from the simpler to the more complex. He provides information on size, range, season, habitat, description, and uses for each entry, As Telander points out in his introduction, many of the plants we see every day and consider just ornamentals or weeds, could be our next meal — a little cat’s ear (Hypochaeris radicata) mixed in a salad — or used medicinally — a little yarrow tea for indigestion. If nothing else, Telander will give you a greater appreciation of the plants you pass every day.
— Joan Richards, volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden