Hardcover: 260 pages
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated (April 1, 2003)
Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 5.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Ultimately I found this book to be frustrating. The premise sounded great: plant professor talks about the weeds he's known over the many years with university garden fields. "Weeds" is an interesting class of vegetation that is finally getting some much-needed attention, from folklore to foraging. I would however rather recommend such books as Weeds of the Northeast (Comstock books), the unfortunately out of print The Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac Book: A Short Natural History and Cautionary Account, and The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants. The first is useful for field identification; the second is not only educational but kind of fun to read as well; and the third is a readable and well illustrated ID guide and quasi-cookbook, although I haven't used it as much yet as the others, but it came highly recommended from some foragers I respect.This book however is more a compilation of rambles, where Professor Heiser does give specific botanical details but otherwise an inconsistent (and frustratingly incomplete) take on each plant. You can feel, through the text, a sense of entitlement to cover the material however he likes, because of his age and position -- there is not enough of a sense of remembering his audience.
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