Eat Mesquite and More
A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods and LivinBook - 2018
Eat Mesquite and More celebrates native food forests of the Sonoran Desert and beyond with over 170 recipes featuring wild, indigenous foods, including mesquite, acorn, barrel cactus, chiltepin, cholla, desert chia, desert herbs and flowers, desert ironwood, hackberry, palo verde, prickly pear, saguaro, wolfberry, and wild greens. The recipes—contributed by desert dwellers, harvesters, chefs, and innovators—capture a spirit of adventure and reverence inviting both newcomers and seasoned experts to try new foods and experiment with new flavors.
More than a cookbook, this guide also encourages a renaissance of “wild agriculture,” one that foregrounds the ethical harvesting and selection of wild foods and the re-planting of native food sources in urban and residential areas without imported water or fertilizers. It contains stories of significant individuals, organizations, and businesses that have contributed knowledge, products, and innovation in the planting, harvesting, and use of wild, native desert foods. Additional essays reveal the poetry of the foraging life, how to plant the rain, and medicinal uses and ethnobotanical histories of desert plants.
Many of the food plants included in this cookbook—or close relatives of them—can be found or grown in the other deserts and drylands of North America and South America. As such, this book becomes a template for harvesting and cooking throughout the Americas. Universally, its concepts and approach can help communities everywhere collaborate with their ecosystem, while enhancing the health of all.
From Library Staff
PimaLib_SWBooks Dec 22, 2017
Experience the bounty of the Sonoran Desert with all of your senses; respect finite resources; engage with community, and eat up! So say the Desert Harvesters in their second tour-de-force cookbook that explains not only how to cook and eat locally, but also how to grow, forage, and harvest ethic... Read More »
"170 recipes featuring wild, indigenous foods--mesquite, acorn, barrel cactus, chiltepin, cholla, desert chia, desert herbs & flowers, desert ironwood, hackberry, palo verde, prickly pear, saguaro, wolfberry, and wild greens."