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The Wild Vegetarian Cookbook
Brill, %22Wildman%22 Steve
Harvard Common Pr
Published: May 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Brill follows his Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (And Not So Wild) Places with this specialist volume aimed at cooking found and gathered produce. Stressing the need to forage safely and not eat
any plant unless completely certain of its identification and that it's free of pesticides and herbicides, the author explains "what makes wild food special" before describing methods of preparation and food types, winemaking and the wild food seasons.
Main courses and desserts are intermingled so much so that it becomes hard to tell whether the ingredient is a main component or an enhancer. Filled with humorous anecdotes and small descriptions, almost every recipe relies on at least one foraged
ingredient, though where possible Brill offers health store alternatives (while Monsieur Wildman's French Dressing calls for wild spearmint, he does suggest cultivated mint; unsweetened apple juice can be substituted for wild apples in Spiced Wild Apple
Cider). In the end, the book will appeal to those who enjoy foraging in the wild as well as the vegetarian who is not only health- but also environmentally conscious.
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Brill, the author of an earlier field guide to wild plants, has been conducting "foraging tours" in Manhattan (including Central Park) and throughout greater New York since the mid-1980s. His new book includes dozens of recipes using wild
foods, from sassafras and daylily shoots to blue violets and cow parsnips; each entry includes a brief description of the plant as well. Strict vegetarians will be delighted by Brill's recipes; nonvegetarians looking for dishes made with these unusual
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