My husband likes to tell people, "All I brought into our marriage was a footlocker and a few clothes". To be honest, that's mostly true. But he also brought this book into our marriage, and until this year I'd packed it, unpacked it, moved it, and dusted it, but never read it.
Well, I've finally opened it and started to read. It's pretty darned neat! Stalking the Wild Asparagus was written by Euell Gibbons in 1962, but it's been reprinted many times. Ours is a 1987 reprint, with a rememberance of the author by John McPhee.
Some of the chapters:
* The Acorn: Ancient Food of Man
* Stalking the Wild Asparagus
* Calamus: Confection, Cure-All and Salad Plant
* Eat Your Chicory and Drink It, Too
* A Salute to the Elderberry: With A Nod To Scarlet Sumac
* Beating the Pigs to the Pigweed
* On Eating Frog's Legs
* Herbal Medicine from Wild Plants
The blurb on the cover sums it up well:
"A delightful book on the recognition, gathering preparation and use of the natural health foods that grow wild all about us. The lore contained here can turn every field, forest, swamp and vacant lot and roadside into a health-food market with free merchandise."
For all that, though, this book can be read just for fun.