A new skill and a foraging book

I’m busy this morning darning some socks. Darning socks is a lot easier than I thought it would be. Still, it takes some time.

There are a few ways to do it and innumerable Youtube videos out there to guide you. The method I use is:

  1. Insert light bulb into sock under hole. This stretches out the hole.
  2. Stitch horizontally across the hole.
  3. Turn 90 degrees and stitch vertically across the hole.

I’ll report back after some wear and tear to show how my handiwork holds up.

So last week I picked up an interesting book: Stalking the Wild Asparagus, by Euell Gibbons. From the front cover:

A delightful book on the recognition, gathering, preparation and use of the natural health foods that grow wild all around us. The lore contained in here can turn every field, forest, swamp and vacant lot and roadside into a health-food market with free merchandise.

And delightful it is. The diagrams are hand-drawn, so this doesn’t make it much of a practical book for a beginner city-dweller like me. I would have a hard time identifying plants from the descriptions in this book.

But, if you know what a few plants look like, this book has a lot of recipes in it. Many of them even recommend using bacon or bacon fat. As a bonus, the stories that the author includes about some of the adventures he has finding the plants are rather entertaining. The section in the end about preparing frogs and crayfish are particularly amusing. Not a bad read, I have to say.

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4 Responses to A new skill and a foraging book

  1. Joshua says:

    Fabian, did you see the wild foods book I have? The author is all about fixing problems with books on the subject. It’s full of photographs that show plants in all their life stages and in different soil conditions and stuff and has very nice recipes for wild plants. It’s a pretty sweet book. The author seems like a cool guy. It’s called Edible Wild Plants: Wild Food from Dirt to Plate by John Kallas.

  2. kim says:

    Fabian I want to see this book!!!

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