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Identify wild edible plants with instructive, botanical illustrations; Harvest & cook them into delicious food with our recipes.

Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook celebrates our local bounty and traditional foodways. The book features beautiful, instructive botanical illustrations and delicious, enlightening recipes. We share this project with you out of our long commitment to connecting with nature through food and art. The effort weaves together Dina’s 30 years of passionate investigations into wild-plant identification, foraging and cooking with Wendy’s deft artistic skills honed over 15 years as a botanical illustrator. For the past three years we have been writing, drawing, designing and testing the recipes for this book. The result is an abundance of recipes and illustrations that celebrate wild plants and creative ways to bring them into our lives. We hope you will join us in this tasty culinary adventure.

We are self-publishing this book and hope you will purchase it now to help us pay for production and printing costs! We believe you will appreciate Foraging & Feasting as an educational tool that can foster a more sustainable, regenerative and ecological way of eating. Foraging offers an adventurous and satisfying way to eat locally and seasonally. Our book will help readers reclaim the lost art of foraging and become immersed in the "Kitchen Arts." Readers will be able to identify, harvest, prepare, eat and savor the wild bounty all around them. Surely everyone will appreciate learning to create delicious, nutritious, healthy meals from scratch for a modest amount of money.  

Plant Identification pages and Sample Recipe Template
Plant Identification pages and Sample Recipe Template

Foraging and Feasting will make you feel a wise and experienced guide is holding your hand in the field and kitchen. The book is designed to boost people's confidence in plant identification and meal preparation. It will serve as a constant companion. All kinds of people will be attracted to it—especially those who love gardening, cooking and eating with conscious attention to personal and environmental health.     

Sample of a Notecard/colored envelope
Sample of a Notecard/colored envelope

Among those who will find the book valuable are the health-conscious members of the Weston A Price Foundation, ever in search of nutrient-dense, traditional whole foods. Slow Food enthusiasts will appreciate how focusing on ancient, seasonal and native foods helps move us in step with the rhythm of nature. Locavores will relish just how local eating can be with wild foods. Edible Forest Gardeners, who are part of the agricultural ecology movement, will value how this book demystifies unusual edibles. “Just exactly how do you prepare that mallow, or make American black currant ice cream, or elderberry anise hyssop agua fresca?” Questions such as these, which most cooks never even thought to ask, will be answered here.

Part One: Visual Instructional Field Guide (In full color) The book opens with a dramatic burst of color illustrations. This first part of the book serves as a visual guide, tracking 50 plants through their growing cycle. The images illustrate the culinary uses of the plants at various seasons. Readers will find these details immensely practical, as the plants we cover are wild, abundant and very common in many of the temperate zones throughout the world. The book also includes a few plants that started as cultivated specimens but then freely spread themselves, becoming wild in the landscape. The illustrations, drawn in color pencil and watercolor, are both botanically accurate and aesthetically pleasing. A clear, concise written commentary accompanies each illustration, elucidating plant identification and application.

Plant Identification pages with Sample Recipe Template
Plant Identification pages with Sample Recipe Template

Part Two: Visually Appealing Reference Tables (In full color) The second part of the book contains easy-to-use references: Plant Chart Centerfolds, Seasonal Flow Charts, and other subcategories. 

Part Three: “Kitchen Arts” Cookbook (In black and white w/one color) Part three brings the forager into the kitchen. This section contains more than 100 delicious, nutritious and economical master recipes, each formulated to help the reader easily comprehend how wild plants can be turned into culinary delights. And from these master recipes thousands of recipe variations can be made. The book offers basic, easy-to-follow cooking techniques and preparations, providing a strong foundation for kitchen creativity.

The recipe categories are as follows: Beverages, Salads, Relishes, Spreads & Condiments, Sandwiches, Soups & Stews, Wild Eggery, Meat Dishes, Wild Vegetable Side Dishes, Savory Fruit Sauces, and Desserts. Please note that these recipes are not limited to wild ingredients; they can be used with cultivated ingredients as well, purchased or homegrown. Many of the recipes can be made to accommodate various dietary restrictions: gluten-free, casein-free, dairy-free, grain-free, and sugar-free. This portion of the book will be thorough enough to stand alone as a helpful and inspiring cookbook. 

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Canvas Scroll Print

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We believe we are the right folks to take on the job of creating this book from conception through publication. We know the subject matter thoroughly and possess the expertise to design and produce the material effectively. In addition, we will be creating other products to complement the book. Dina's unique background as an herbalist and cook combines with Wendy's extensive career as a botanical artist to give us the perfect set of skills for the project. We have what it takes to create a book with the highest level of authority and craftsmanship. Dina brings extraordinary attention to every minute detail of the plants she uses in recipes, bringing the material to life, and Wendy's experience working with such publications as The New York Times, Real Simple Magazine and Random House honed her illustration skills to a fine art. Wendy worked many years in textile design and has extensive experience designing products and books. Her website: www.drawingincolor.com, has been selling her products successfully for more than three years, and daily fulfillment is a way of life. We would like to print a large number of books so we can sell each copy at a reasonable price, allowing the work to reach a greater audience. To ensure that the book is well designed and edited, and printed by a quality printer in the United States, we need to raise capital. We are asking for $25,000 which will bring us close to paying for these expenses, and over $30,000 will get us there. With your help through the Kickstarter program, we know we can accomplish the task!

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  • We are encountering a good problem: We have been getting requests to order multiple rewards. Kickstarter only allows you to order one. So we recommend that you choose one reward, and then calculate the additional cost of the other rewards you would like and add that to your total pledge. Then click on the comments and let us know exactly which rewards you want. If you want a reward that is in limited supply, it is best to click on that one and include the others in the comment to us. When ordering more than one book we will give you the price of $35 per book. We are excited and pleased to see how many of you are interested not only in our book, but also in all the other rewards. If we sell out of workshops, we will add more, so please encourage anyone you feel is interested to order!

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  • The botanical identification pages focus on 50 wild, abundant and very common “weeds”. They are ubiquitous and can be found in many of the temperate zones throughout the world: North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australasia. I was unable in my research to pinpoint the exact world range for each plant, but I do know that many of them (not all of them) can be found almost everywhere. Note: I’ve included a few plants that start as cultivated specimens where I live in Northeastern U.S. but then freely spread themselves, becoming wild in the landscape. They are wild in other parts of the world.

    By the way the Kitchen Arts cookbook section will be useful anywhere in the world. The recipes are designed as master templates so you can plug in a variety of wild plants or cultivated ones for that matter.

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  • The plants we focus on in the botanical pages grow in various zones, ranging from 2 to 9, with zones 4 to 8 being more typical.

    By the way the Kitchen Arts cookbook section will be useful anywhere in the world. The recipes are designed as master templates so you can plug in a variety of wild plants or cultivated ones for that matter.

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  • We plan to work on an e-book or pdf version of the book. It will follow shortly after the printed book is published. We understand and appreciate the convenience and functionality of an e-book but we also feel that the printed version will be beautiful, useful and an object worth holding. We are trying to keep the art of foraging, kitchen arts, botanical art, and beautiful printed books alive!

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  • Yes choose the option for shipping outside the US at the bottom of the reward!

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  • Our video was filmed and edited by Sam Falconi, Dina's son, who by the way has his own film company. He can be contacted through his website at: http://samfalconi.com

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