The Forager Chef's Book of Flora: Recipes and Techniques for Edible Plants from Garden, Field, and Forest

The Forager Chef's Book of Flora: Recipes and Techniques for Edible Plants from Garden, Field, and Forest

by Alan Bergo


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“In this remarkable new cookbook, Bergo provides stories, photographs and inventive recipes.”—Star Tribune

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"With a passion for bringing a taste of the wild to the table, [Bergo’s] inspiration for experimentation shows in his inventive dishes created around ingredients found in his own backyard."—Tastemade

From root to flower—and featuring 180 recipes and over 230 of the author’s own beautiful photographs—explore the edible plants we find all around us with the Forager Chef Alan Bergo as he breaks new culinary ground!

In The Forager Chef’s Book of Flora you’ll find the exotic to the familiar—from Ramp Leaf Dumplings to Spruce Tip Panna Cotta to Crisp Fiddlehead Pickles—with Chef Bergo’s unique blend of easy-to-follow instruction and out-of-this-world inspiration.

Over the past fifteen years, Minnesota chef Alan Bergo has become one of America’s most exciting and resourceful culinary voices, with millions seeking his guidance through his wildly popular website and video tutorials.

Bergo’s inventive culinary style is defined by his encyclopedic curiosity, and his abiding, root-to-flower passion for both wild and cultivated plants. Instead of waiting for fall squash to ripen, Bergo eagerly harvests their early shoots, flowers, and young greens—taking a holistic approach to cooking with all parts of the plant, and discovering extraordinary new flavors and textures along the way.

The Forager Chef’s Book of Flora demonstrates how understanding the different properties and growing phases of roots, stems, leaves, and seeds can inform your preparation of something like the head of an immature sunflower—as well as the lesser-used parts of common vegetables, like broccoli or eggplant. As a society, we’ve forgotten this type of old-school knowledge, including many brilliant culinary techniques that were borne of thrift and necessity. For our own sake, and that of our planet, it’s time we remembered. And in the process, we can unlock new flavors from the abundant landscape around us.

“[An] excellent debut. . . . Advocating that plants are edible in their entirety is one thing, but this [book] delivers the delectable means to prove it."—Publishers Weekly

"Alan Bergo was foraging in the Midwest way before it was trendy."—Outside Magazine

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603589482
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 06/24/2021
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 55,192
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Chef Alan Bergo is one of America’s leading culinary authorities on mushroom hunting and foraging. A veteran of the restaurant industry, he spent nearly two decades as a professional chef specializing in local and wild foods at St. Paul’s fabled Heartland Restaurant, The Salt Cellar, and Lucia’s Restaurant in Minneapolis. He’s best known for his blogs, recipes, and photography, all featured at his site,—the web’s largest resource on wild-mushroom cookery.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Verdant: Greens, Bitter and Sweet 11

Lambsquarters and Tender Greens 39

Dandelions and Bitter Greens 57

2 Abundant: Vegetables, Wild and Tame 69

The Botany of the Garden 73

Shoots: Expanding on Asparagus 104

Milkweed 115

Purslane and Stonecrop 123

Lilium and Hyacinth Bulbs 129

The Whole Sunflower 133

Burdock 138

3 Aromatic: Herbs, Flowers-, and Alliums 145

Bergamot 147

Prickly Ash 152

Ramps 159

Cow Parsnip 175

Angelica 179

Sweet Galium 188

Sweetfern and Sweetgale 192

Flowers 195

Evergreens 204

4 Nourishing: Nuts, Grains, and Starches 217

Real Wild Rice 218

Corn and Beans 228

Hickory Nuts 236

Acorns 246

Black Walnuts 251

Bird Cherry Flour, Wojapi, and Mahlab 261

Acknowledgments 265

Index 266

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