Food Plants of the World: An Illustrated Guide / Edition 1

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Overview

A comprehensive survey of the plants that provide food, beverages, spices, and flavorings, this book will serve as an invaluable reference to gardeners, ethnobotanists, nutritionists, culinary professionals, dieticians, and food enthusiasts. This scientifically accurate guide will allow them to identify all the major plant-derived foods and flavors, research culinary uses, and understand their dietetic and nutritional properties. Introductory chapters cover the various categories of plant use, including cereals, pulses (legumes), nuts and seeds, fruits, vegetables, culinary herbs, sugar plants, beverages, spices, and flavorings. The core of the volume is an encyclopedic description of more than 350 food and flavor plants in use worldwide, with over 1000 color photographs. This accessible, pictorial guide is a concise source of practical information, not readily available elsewhere, and should be on every food enthusiast's bookshelf.

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post - Joel M. Lerner
"A standout as a book about edible plants. The author ... has made a study of virtually every plant suitable for eating that you might encounter."—Joel M. Lerner, Washington Post, May 20, 2006
Choice - D. M. Rosenthal
"Van Wyk presents a superbly illustrated guide to more than 350 commercially important plants that are sources of cereals, nuts, fruits, vegetables, drinks, herbs, and spices. The photos distinguish this work work from similar titles."—D. M. Rosenthal, Choice, April 2006
Bloomsbury Review - Tod Eunker
"A hefty but well-mannered reference approach to the topic, this book packs a serious informational punch."—Tod Eunker, Bloomsbury Review, March/April 2006
From the Publisher
"A hefty but well-mannered reference approach to the topic, this book packs a serious informational punch."—Tod Eunker, Bloomsbury Review, March/April 2006
Bloomsbury Review
"A hefty but well-mannered reference approach to the topic, this book packs a serious informational punch."—Tod Eunker, Bloomsbury Review, March/April 2006
— Tod Eunker
Choice
"Van Wyk presents a superbly illustrated guide to more than 350 commercially important plants that are sources of cereals, nuts, fruits, vegetables, drinks, herbs, and spices. The photos distinguish this work work from similar titles."—D. M. Rosenthal, Choice, April 2006
— D. M. Rosenthal
The Washington Post
"A standout as a book about edible plants. The author ... has made a study of virtually every plant suitable for eating that you might encounter."—Joel M. Lerner, Washington Post, May 20, 2006
— Joel M. Lerner
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881927436
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/10/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben-Erik van Wyk is a professor of botany at the Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, South Africa. His research interest is in systematic botany and plant utilization.

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Table of Contents

Regions of origin 8
Cereals 12
Pulses (legumes) 14
Nuts and seeds 16
Fruits 18
Vegetables 22
Culinary herbs 28
Sugars, gums, gels and starches 30
Beverages 32
Spices and flavours 34
The plants in alphabetical order 36
Nutrients, diet and health 392
Quick guide to food plants 404
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