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In this engaging and eye-opening read, forager-journalist Becky Lerner sets out on a quest to find her inner hunter-gatherer in the city of Portland, Oregon. After a disheartening week trying to live off wild plants from the streets and parks near her home, she learns the ways of the first people who lived there and, along with a quirky cast of characters, discovers an array of useful wild plants hiding in plain sight. As she harvests them for food, medicine, and just-in-case apocalypse insurance, Lerner delves into anthropology, urban ecology and sustainability, and finds herself looking at Nature in a very different way. Humorous, philosophical, and informative, Dandelion Hunter has something for everyone, from the curious neophyte to the seasoned forager.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Rebecca Lerner has quickly become one of the best-known urban foragers in America. Through teaching, speaking and writing about the useful wild plants of Portland, Oregon, she seeks to "inspire and empower my fellow human beings to remember who we really are." Lerner and her popular blog, www.FirstWays.com, have been mentioned, quoted, profiled and interviewed by a variety of media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, The Oregonian, the Boston Globe, and the Utne Reader.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Easily one of the most down-to-earth accounts of inter-connectivity and the way we all---flora, fauna, and folks---fit together. This book is an intimate account of one person's quest for knowledge, as much as it's a quest for belonging. Through funny, heartfelt, and personal stories featuring an interesting cast of Portland characters--both human and non--Rebecca Lerner brings readers into a whole new world, that already exists right under our toes. Highly recommended, especially since it includes forage-fare recipes in the back!
This was a very intriguing book- well told story and extremely informative. Much of the information was relayed in a very light way and very easy to become absorbed. Very enjoyable.