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California Studies in Food and Culture #38: A Feast of Weeds: A Literary Guide to Foraging and Cooking Wild Edible Plants

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Publisher Comments:

"A dazzling display of humanistic erudition, wit, and practical culinary advice. Ballerini's living herbarium reinitiates modern readers living in the concrete manswarm into the joys of foraging, gathering, and savoring herbs, flowers, and berries. Its wide-ranging historical context, a veritable documentary of poets and chroniclers of past and present, is a learned celebration of nature's bounty. Practical and flavorful recipes for each plant transport the 'weeds' from the field to the palate and enhance a narrative enriched by splendid complementary footnotes."and#151;Albert Sonnenfeld, Series Director, Arts of the Table

"Weeds indeed. A guide as witty as he is erudite, Luigi Ballerini has given us a remarkable compendium of the wild greens, along with their flowers and fruits, that people have foraged and eaten for millennia. Once the food of the poor, such ingredients are now in high demand. Gathering greens both familiarand#151;such as mint or borageand#151;and obscureand#151;milk thistle and wallrocketand#151;Ballerini draws upon a diverse cast of authors to attest or dispute their real or alleged medicinal powers. Just as important, he never neglects to suggest how they taste or to present fine recipes so that we can savor them for ourselves."and#151;Carol Field, author of The Italian Baker

"The scholar and poet Luigi Ballerini has given us a mouthwatering treasure of inventive Italian recipes for foraged wild plants adapted for the American locavore kitchen (including ten for borage alone, as well as nettle and purslane frittatas, and prickly pear risotto). This elegantly illustrated volume is peppered with humor and tastefully seasoned with a wealth of cultural, historical, and scientific sources and information. A Feast of Weeds is food for both the palate and the mind."and#151;Jean-Claude Carron, University of California, Los Angeles

Synopsis:

"A dazzling display of humanistic erudition, wit, and practical culinary advice. Ballerini's living herbarium reinitiates modern readers living in the concrete manswarm into the joys of foraging, gathering, and savoring herbs, flowers, and berries. Its wide-ranging historical context, a veritable documentary of poets and chroniclers of past and present, is a learned celebration of nature's bounty. Practical and flavorful recipes for each plant transport the 'weeds' from the field to the palate and enhance a narrative enriched by splendid complementary footnotes."--Albert Sonnenfeld, Series Director, Arts of the Table, Columbia University Press

Synopsis:

The primal experience of gathering is inscribed in every humanand#8217;s DNA, and this book invites us to look beyond the refrigerator and cupboard to the abundance of wild edible plants that can be found and harvested everywhere. Part reference guide, part cookbook, A Feast of Weeds encourages readers to forage diverse natural environments for food, even in our city parks and streets.

Luigi Ballerini shows tremendous breadth and depth of knowledge in an opening literary and historical analysis that explains how we have come to eat and cultivate wild plants. Each chapter that follows is devoted to a single ingredientand#151;greens such as nettles, fennel, mint, chicory, and dandelion; and fruits such as berries, pomegranate, and prickly pear. Balleriniand#8217;s delightful commentary helps foragers recognize, gather, and cook their harvest. Delicious and straightforward recipes from Southern Italy bring out the flavor and wholesomeness of each ingredient, highlighting the peasant roots of each dish.

About the Author

Luigi Ballerini is Professor of Italian at the University of California, Los Angeles. Among his many books are The Art of Cooking: The First Modern Cookery Book, published by UC Press.

Table of Contents

Preface: Instructions for Using This Book

Introduction: Eating Greens Does Not Mean Grazing

Bay Leaves

Blackberries

Blueberries

Borage

Capers

Chamomile

Cipollini

Crested Wartycabbage

Daisy

False Acacia

Mallow

Milk Thistle

Mint

Myrtle Berries

Nettles

Pine Nuts

Pomegranate

Prickly Pear

Purslane

Red Poppy

Samphire

Sow Thistle

Strawberry Tree/Arbutus

Thyme

Wallrocket

Wild Arugula

Wild Asparagus

Wild Chicory

Wild Fennel

Wild Raspberries

Wild Strawberries

Notes

Recipe Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520270343
Author:
Ballerini, Luigi
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Della, Casa Giuliano
Author:
De, Santis Ada
Author:
Doebler, Gianpiero W.
Author:
Giuliano Della Casa
Author:
Ballerini, Luigi
Author:
Ada De Santis
Subject:
Ethnic
Subject:
Cooking and Food-US Ethnic
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Natural Healing
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
California Studies in Food and Culture
Series Volume:
38
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 line illustrations
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

Related Subjects

Cooking and Food » Diet and Nutrition » Natural Healing
Cooking and Food » Regional and Ethnic » United States » Ethnic
Cooking and Food » Sustainable Cooking
Home and Garden » Sustainable Living » Food
Science and Mathematics » Botany » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Botany
Sports and Outdoors » Outdoors » General

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"Synopsis" by ,
"A dazzling display of humanistic erudition, wit, and practical culinary advice. Ballerini's living herbarium reinitiates modern readers living in the concrete manswarm into the joys of foraging, gathering, and savoring herbs, flowers, and berries. Its wide-ranging historical context, a veritable documentary of poets and chroniclers of past and present, is a learned celebration of nature's bounty. Practical and flavorful recipes for each plant transport the 'weeds' from the field to the palate and enhance a narrative enriched by splendid complementary footnotes."--Albert Sonnenfeld, Series Director, Arts of the Table, Columbia University Press
"Synopsis" by ,
The primal experience of gathering is inscribed in every humanand#8217;s DNA, and this book invites us to look beyond the refrigerator and cupboard to the abundance of wild edible plants that can be found and harvested everywhere. Part reference guide, part cookbook, A Feast of Weeds encourages readers to forage diverse natural environments for food, even in our city parks and streets.

Luigi Ballerini shows tremendous breadth and depth of knowledge in an opening literary and historical analysis that explains how we have come to eat and cultivate wild plants. Each chapter that follows is devoted to a single ingredientand#151;greens such as nettles, fennel, mint, chicory, and dandelion; and fruits such as berries, pomegranate, and prickly pear. Balleriniand#8217;s delightful commentary helps foragers recognize, gather, and cook their harvest. Delicious and straightforward recipes from Southern Italy bring out the flavor and wholesomeness of each ingredient, highlighting the peasant roots of each dish.

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