Taking a refreshing and practical approach, The Path to Wild Foods is an ethical field guide and recipe book that promotes respect for the natural world and for the cultures that use it effectively. Written by an accomplished ethnobotanist and educator, this book rekindles an interest in natural foods, including taking best advantage of “nature’s pharmacy” for medicinal plant use. Learn about the variety of plants around you to harvest and what to do with them once you have collected them: • Rekindles an appreciation of the adventure of collecting wild plants for food and flavours • Fosters respect for nature and finding ways to feed ourselves beyond the supermarket • Includes various plant types from trees and shrubs to herbs and wetland plants • Describes a variety of parkland and prairie plants along with potential uses • Provides recipes using many of the species identified • Highlights some of the ethics and risks of wildcrafting • Identifies poisonous plants to avoid • Explores the wisdom of Indigenous Knowledge.
About the authors
Sandra Walker is an accomplished ethnobotanist and educator who has spent her life first learning about wild foods and plants and then teaching others about them. Born in Hamilton, she kindled her interest wild plants when planting trees in Northern Canada and cooking on a solar stove in the wilderness with her husband. Sandra has worked as an educator in Saskatchewan for major local nature centres, school systems and Aboriginal societies. She is currently employed as program facilitator, ethnobotanist and archaeologist at Saskatoon’s Brightwater Science Environmental and Indigenous Learning Centre. Sandra has a double honours degree in archaeology/Anthropology and fine arts from the University of Saskatchewan. She is a nature columnist and author of several publications and educational plans. She lives with her husband and two adult sons in Saskatoon.