Weed 'Em and Reap: A Weed Eater Reader

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There are lots of books out there about how to accurately and skillfully identify and cook wild foods, but not very many about first-rate, industrial-grade weed eating. And not many that are guaranteed to make the reader laugh -- until now.

This book is for those who admire the notion of being out on a camping trip and amazing everyone else around the campfire by serving up a salad, stew, vegetable, tea, or dessert that comes as a total ...
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Overview

There are lots of books out there about how to accurately and skillfully identify and cook wild foods, but not very many about first-rate, industrial-grade weed eating. And not many that are guaranteed to make the reader laugh -- until now.

This book is for those who admire the notion of being out on a camping trip and amazing everyone else around the campfire by serving up a salad, stew, vegetable, tea, or dessert that comes as a total surprise ... and is made out of something found within yelling distance of the tents. It will teach readers more about morels, cattails, and smut (the fungus kind), than they ever thought possible. There's also information on making wine, jams and jellies, and even gathering and enjoying acorns the Native American way.

The author is not a botanist or a chef, but rather an accomplished and widely acclaimed eater and writer. This walking billboard for gustatory endeavors is full of entertaining stories about identifying, preparing, and eating weeds. Readers will be left with a new eagerness to know more about plants, a desire for cooking them, and a new enthusiasm for wandering around the wilds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762739073
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Welsch is a popular folklorist, humorist, and essayist who has written dozens of books and hundreds of articles about history, culture, and folklore. Welsch was a regular guest who presented his "Postcard from Nebraska" on the CBS Sunday Morning Show with Charles Kuralt, who called "Welsch..."America's premier storyteller." "From his lips, small-town life takes on the dignity of history," Kuralt wrote. Welsch also hosted "Roger Welsch &..." on Nebraska Educational Television. He is the best-selling author of Old Tractors and The Men Who Love Them, and more than 30 other titles. In 2005 he received the Henry Fonda Award, Nebraska's highest tourism award for leadership, vision, and dedication to Nebraska tourism. Welsch, an adopted member of the Omaha Tribe, lives with his wife Linda near Dannebrog, where he continues to write and restore old tractors.

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BUSTED...
A funny thing happened to me once on my way home from vacation. I pulled into my driveway after a long, long drive with a carload of annoying children and a snarly wife...not my current one, I hasten to note...and pulled myself painfully out of the pilot's seat of our van. Mostly just to stretch a bit and catch a moment away from this moment of familial bonding, I limped around the house to the front to see if any mail or messages had found their way to our door. A yellow, official looking form was taped to our front door. Hmmm... I took it down and read it. I read it again. I shook my head to clear my eyes, and I read it yet again.
No, I was not mistaken. Yes, I had read the notice correctly: My lawn had been condemned. The yellow form on my door said I had six days to remove all "worthless vegetation" from my yard or the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, would do it for me. And charge me for the favor. The notice was clearly official, and it was signed by the City of Lincoln Weed Inspector and Grand Inquisitor. Worthless vegetation, he said... I looked around my suburban yard. What on earth could he mean by "worthless vegetation?" I saw daylilies, lambs quarter, dandelions, oxalis, shepherd's purse, nut grass...all edible...all in constant use in our kitchen...nope...nothing worthless there.

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HERE IT IS, JUST IN TIME TO SERVE AS AN EXCUSE FOR AVOIDING SPRING LAWN CARE! No more herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizer... just put some oil and vinegar dressing on that pesky lawn and open it to the neighbors as an all-you-can-eat salad bar! WEED 'EM AND REAP is a light-hearted but informative introduction to the free bounty of wild foods in lawns and woods, prairies and pastures. Even if you have no intentions of brewing up a crock of dandelion wine or tossing a salad of sour dock and purslane, you will enjoy reading Roger Welsch's adventures in the wild world of weedery. We're betting it won't be long before you will be watching roadsides and byways for your own secret trove of morel mushrooms, wild asparagus, or elderberries!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Great book! Fun & entertaining & educational.

    I was not looking for a plant ID book as I have a bunch of those. I picked this book out of several & was totally captivated by the first page. Mr Welsch is a great storyteller!
    This book will teach you how to look out on the world from a different more positive perspective. Instead of thinking, hmm how can I kill those weeds, you will be thinking WOW, I can EAT all of that!!
    Loved it!! I have been gleaning & harvesting wild things here & there for years. Scares my hubby to death when I add yard stuff to salads.
    Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Meh.

    Fun to read, but I don't trust his knowledge. He talks about popping raw acorns in his mouth, but fails to mention that making a habit of this can lead to kidney failure. Acorns must be processed before eating, and telling the reader otherwise really creeps me out.

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