Multcolib Picks: Urban edibles, but mind the sous chefs

The Front Yard Forager
The Front Yard Forager Identifying, Collecting, and Cooking the 30 Most Common Urban Weeds By Herrera, Melany Vorass Book - 2013 581.652 H5655f 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 3 copies

Annotation:Take a stroll around your neighborhood and you're likely to spot dandelions growing by a fence, or clover sprouting up between cracks in the sidewalk...But did you know that colorful dandelion makes great fritters and clover can season a luscious soup?

The Wild Table
The Wild Table Seasonal Foraged Food and Recipes By Green, Connie Book - 2010 641.6 G7956w 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:A captivating cookbook by a renowned forager of wild edibles-with more than one hundred sumptuous recipes and full-color photographs.

Edible Wild Plants
Edible Wild Plants Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate By Kallas, John Book - 2010 581.632 K145e 2010 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 15 copies

Annotation:Whether looking to enhance a diet or identify which plants can be eaten for survival, the extensive information on wild foods will help readers determine the appropriate stage of growth and how to properly prepare these highly nutritious greens.

A Feast of Weeds
A Feast of Weeds A Literary Guide to Foraging and Cooking Wild Edible Plants By Ballerini, Luigi Book - 2012 581.632 B191f 2012 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:The primal experience of gathering is inscribed in every human's DNA, and this book invites us to look beyond the refrigerator and cupboard to the abundance of wild edible plants that can be found and harvested everywhere.

Foraged Flavor
Foraged Flavor Finding Fabulous Ingredients in your Backyard or Farmer's Market By Wong, Tama Matsuoka Book - 2012 581.632 W87296f 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:"From food world darlings David Chang and Rene Redzepi discussing the idea of foraging in Central Park to home cooks finding purslane in their backyards or nettles at farmer's markets, the whole country is embracing this practical, delicious, back-to-the land trend, a natural extension of the locavore movement." (Publisher)

Backyard Foraging
Backyard Foraging 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat By Zachos, Ellen Book - 2013 641.303 Z16b 2013 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Packed with useful information, from identifying habitats in the 'hood to ensuring safety and ethical harvesting.

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While it may be true that sous chefs lurk around Portland backyards harvesting weeds and other unlikely foodstuffs, who can blame them? As it turns out, we're surrounded by things that just, like, grow from the ground, but look good on a plate at an elegant dinner. Here are our top picks on urban edibles. But hey, harvest responsibly, okay?

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