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Browsing nature’s aisles: A year of foraging for wild food in the suburbs

Wendy and Eric Brown
New Society Publishers
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Paper, 198 pp., $17.95

The Browns are inspiring Pied Pipers of suburban homesteaders with Browsing Nature’s Aisles: A Year of Foraging for Wild Food in the Suburbs. Through their personal account of plant foraging in southern Maine, their daily and seasonal discoveries brought a new life to them and their three daughters. Who knew that Japanese knotweed had a ten-foot root and that it was edible? The Browns picked wild apples and berries while pickling milkweed pods in jars (for eventual use as lasagna). This book provides fascinating uses for acorns and wild carrots (Queen Anne’s Lace), among many other plants. In the course of their experiences, the Brown family learned to always check three sources in identifying an unknown plant; keep accurate and detailed records; and follow a Rule of Thirds (take one third; leave one-third for others; and save one-third for the future).
– Adele Kleine, volunteer and garden writer, Chicago Botanic Garden