Eating Wildly

Eating Wildly

Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal

Book - 2014
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Baker & Taylor
Builds on new trends in urban foraging to explain how to eat more qualitatively, healthfully and sustainably regardless of location, describing the author's grief-prompted forays through urban parks and backyards in search of rare and satisfying edible plants.

Simon and Schuster
In this touching and informative memoir about foraging for food in New York City, Ava Chin finds sustenance…and so much more.

Urban foraging is the new frontier of foraging for foods, and it’s all about eating better, healthier, and more sustainably, no matter where you live. Time named foraging the “latest obsession of haute cuisine.” And while foraging may be the latest foodie trend, the quest to connect with food and nature is timeless and universal.

Ava Chin, aka the “Urban Forager,” is an experienced master of the quest. Raised in Queens, New York, by a single mother and loving grandparents, Chin takes off on an emotional journey to make sense of her family ties and romantic failures when her beloved grandmother dies. She retreats into the urban wilds, where parks and backyards provide not only rare and delicious edible plants, but a wellspring of wisdom.

As the seasons turn, Chin begins to view her life with new “foraging eyes,” experiencing the world as a place of plenty and variety, where every element—from flora to fauna to fungi—is interconnected and interdependent. Her experiences in nature put her on a path to self-discovery, leading to reconciliation with her family and finding true love.

Divided into chapters devoted to a variety of edible/medicinal plants, with recipes and culinary information, Eating Wildly will stir your emotions and enliven your taste buds—a moving memoir about the importance of family, relationships, and food.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2014
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451656190
Branch Call Number: 615.321 C4411e 2014
Characteristics: 245 p. ; 21 cm


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A food foraging book wrapped in a memoir.

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0Charlie Dec 30, 2014

Hard to categorize this work - part biography, part cookbook, part how-to, part love story. As a foodie and part-time forager, I understand the joy of making a meal from items that I have found - in the fields, yards and undeveloped areas in my life. Not quite sure who to recommend this to ... but I kept reading to the end.

Cynthia_N Dec 01, 2014

Such a neat book! Not a how-to book on urban foraging but a story of her adventures and life while foraging. I can't say that I will start searching my neighborhood for food but I thoroughly enjoyed the book.


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