Foraging the Mountain West
Gourmet Edible Plants, Mushrooms, and Meat
By Thomas J. Elpel and Kris Reed
There's food in them thar hills! There is also food in the valleys, meadows, swamps, and all around town, too... maybe even in your own backyard. Foraging the Mountain West is a guide to harvesting and celebrating nature's abundance. Reach out and explore the world with your taste buds. Discover new delights you will never find at the store. Connect with nature on a deeper level by meeting, greeting, and eating the plants, fungi, and creatures that share the neighborhood. Become a little more self-sufficient, and a lot more aware.
Foraging the Mountain West is a hands-on manual for identifying, harvesting, and preparing real food. It is written for the backpacker who would rather bring more knowledge and fewer provisions into the wilderness. It is intended for the happy homemaker who wants to eat well and spend less. It is ideal for the creative chef who wants to explore new ingredients and impress diners with novel dishes.
The authors brought together years of experience and fun to show you, the prospective forager, what, when, where, why, and how to gather wild and feral plants, mushrooms, and neglected wayside crops. In addition, this is a guide for successful fishing without a pole, hunting without weapons, and even shopping without money. This book will help you fill your freezer and satiate your appetite.
Foraging the Mountain West will help you dream in winter, cleanse in spring, forage in summer, and gorge in fall. The book includes more than 600 vivid color photos detailing every essential aspect of foraging. This guide is not meant to sit on your coffee table. It is meant to start a revolution! Field guide format: 6 x 9 inches. 340 pages. Color. ISBN: 978-1-892784-36-0. $30.
Now in Stock: Edition 1.1, April 2020
The new edition of Foraging the Mountain West has the same cover and ISBN as the original book, but with about 15% revised and expanded content and a net gain of eight pages. We fleshed out the sections on biscuitroots and wild carrots, added material on working with Russian olives, introduced wild rice harvesting in the West, and much more. We did a thorough front-to-back editorial update, fine-tuning text and adding new photos from our recent foraging adventures. The new book is printed on glossy paper for optimal image resolution, and it now has a textured, laminated cover for increased durability in the field. Order direct from HOPS Press, LLC to ensure that you receive the current edition!
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A few weeks ago extended family from California and Colorado sat around for a few hours in our home reading aloud sections of Foraging the Mountain West. We couldn't put it down! That was a highlight of our visit.
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