paper, 159 pp., $16.95
Well researched and written in a vernacular style, this handbook contains profiles of plants found in North America that have medicinal properties. Organized by plant location, an individual description includes food value, traditional and modern usage, wildlife or veterinary uses, and any special notes and warnings, as well as a clear photograph of the plant for easy identification. More than two decades ago, film producer and author Jim Meuninck began seeking out edible and medicinal plants. The results of his efforts and his discoveries of the findings of others are the basis of this handy field guide. He explains chemical families, defines methods of herb preparation, and reminds readers to consult a professional health care practitioner before using any medicinal plants — a very wise and necessary caution to those tempted to try a plant remedy on their own.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden