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Slug Bread and Beheaded Thistles by Ellen Sandbeck

Sue said: This short paperback is full of easy techniques that are perfect for the practical person. The author has done her homework about the hazards of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and chemical cleansers. She knows what is at stake and this knowledge has clearly inspired her to get out the word about nontoxic options. Ellen Sandbeck has a wonderful sense of humor and a natural writing grace I found engaging enough to read through this book like a novel. I tried several of her suggestions and found they really did work. The illustration choices could double as pictures for a Trader Joe's Flyer - very funny.
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The Complete Meadmaker by Ken Schramm

Sue said: This is a well made paperback book in an easy to read format. As an amateur, I enjoyed reading about the colorful history of mead that introduces the book as well as the historical blurbs sprinkled throughout the text. The terms for mead making were clearly described and tools and procedures were presented in a way that wasn't intimidating. The photographs were often fuzzy, but they always pertained to the text in a meaningful way. As a novice, I would choose this book as the first purchase in an ever-growing library of fermented drink references.
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The Neighborhood Forager by Robert K. Henderson

Sue said: The Neighborhood Forager takes us on a walk along the streets of a common Pacific Northwest neighborhood. The plants are frequent visitors to my own table and medicine chest because I live in the Willamette Valley, which shares a bioregion with Seattle, Robert Henderson's home. This book should be an inspiration to wild foragers in other regions to write similiar guides for their areas. I would relish a book that featured Paw Paw pie or Bog Craneberry tart. The recipes Henderson suggests have, so far, been tasty and clearly written. I look forward to trying more of them. His knowledge of herbal medicine is great for a beginner but uninspiring for the seasoned herbalist. Henderson gives ample cautions on proper identification of plants, and I wouldn't feel confident trying a new plant's edibility with just his book in hand. The Neighborhood Forager is a perfect companion text for a wild-crafter who is eager to try new uses for old friends.
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