The new book, "The Scout's Guide to Wild Edibles: learn how to forage, prepare & eat 40 wild foods" by Mike Krebill is being released this month by St. Lynn's Press.
The handy paperback format will make it easy to tuck into a coat pocket or backpack and it's 190 pages loaded with information and recipes.
The author, Mike Krebill was an award winning middle school science teacher for 35 years so, while the book has plenty of detail, it is completely readable.
For each of the 40 plants covered the common and Latin name is provided along with photos of the entire plant and details for identification.
Additional information includes: range, habitat, positive identification tips, edible parts and preparation, when to harvest, sustainable harvesting and preserving the harvest.
Krebill says that he wrote about the 33 plants and 7 mushrooms that are his favorites and are widely found across the US. He included 10 activities that can be used with individuals and groups plus 17 kid-approved recipes.
Recipes include: fruit leather, burdock kinipira, dandelion donuts made with Bisquick, and a garden weed quiche.
This is a well-written and nicely illustrated book that can be used to introduce both scouts and adults to wild edibles.
List price is $19 and it is $13 at online retailers. Just in time for the gift giving season, too.