Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness

Dandelion Hunter Foraging the Urban Wilderness In this engaging and eye opening read forager journalist Becky Lerner sets out on a quest to find her inner hunter gatherer in the city of Portland Oregon After a disheartening week trying to live o

  • Title: Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness
  • Author: Rebecca Lerner
  • ISBN: 9780762780624
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this engaging and eye opening read, forager journalist Becky Lerner sets out on a quest to find her inner hunter gatherer in the city of Portland, Oregon After a disheartening week trying to live off wild plants from the streets and parks near her home, she learns the ways of the first people who lived there and, along with a quirky cast of characters, discovers an arrIn this engaging and eye opening read, forager journalist Becky Lerner sets out on a quest to find her inner hunter gatherer in the city of Portland, Oregon After a disheartening week trying to live off wild plants from the streets and parks near her home, she learns the ways of the first people who lived there and, along with a quirky cast of characters, discovers an array of useful wild plants hiding in plain sight As she harvests them for food, medicine, and just in case apocalypse insurance, Lerner delves into anthropology, urban ecology and sustainability, and finds herself looking at Nature in a very different way Humorous, philosophical, and informative, Dandelion Hunter has something for everyone, from the curious neophyte to the seasoned forager.

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    • Abby says:

      Easily one of the most down-to-earth accounts of inter-connectivity and the way we all---flora, fauna, and folks---fit together. This book is an intimate account of one person's quest for knowledge, as much as it's a quest for belonging. Through funny, heartfelt, and personal stories featuring an interesting cast of Portland characters--both human and non--Rebecca Lerner brings readers into a whole new world, that already exists right under our toes.Highly recommended, especially since it includ [...]

    • Marc says:

      First I would like to say that the only picture in this book is the one you see on the front cover. This book was not designed to be a field guide. That being said there is more to learning about foraging, plants, and nature than looking at pictures. This book has a lot to offer any potential forager.What you do have here is a tremendous story of how Ms. Lerner started as a typical reporter in New Jersey with little to no knowledge of foraging. This book details her journey from being a novice t [...]

    • Cerenity says:

      I won this book for free in a Giveaway. I have to say that this is the first book that i had hoped and prayed to actually win. For the past few years i swear every other story that i have read has been about the apocalypse not that i purposely steered myself in that directions but they seem to find me with interesting but ambiguous plot summaries that leave me no idea about the events that are soon to unfold. After reading so many of these stories I began to fear, maybe a little irrationally, t [...]

    • Carolyn says:

      I did not know what to think when I began to read this. I picked it up because I am a amateur herbalist and grow both culinary and apothecary plants in my yard. I thought it might add to my knowledge. However, as I read I started to get concerned that perhaps this lady was a bit nutty like the Zero Waste Home lady. You know somethinge is a bit nutty, but in a good way. Okay, so politically we would not agree, but I liked the way her quirky personality, along with the fun cast of characters she a [...]

    • Doe says:

      I received this book free through First Reads. It arrived last night, and I was able to read the first 30 pages before going to bed. Then I picked it up again this afternoon, and read through to the end. In between the cover of this book is a world of adventure and possibilities. It was much more than I expected. Granted, I enter only giveaways for books that I think I will enjoy, but Dandelion Hunter went beyond my expectations. It is personal, honest and humorous. It tells you the things you [...]

    • Emelda says:

      This was a super interesting and enthralling read. I kind of expected it to be about a white hippie-dippie, Native American-worshipping (which I'll touch on later), woo-woo girl. And for the most part, it wasn't.Since I now live in Portland, it was an especially timely and intriguing read. I liked that this book was extremely accessible yet still informative on issues like pesticides/Monsanto, dumpster diving, how easy foraging can be (but on the flip side dangerous and deadly), and modern cultu [...]

    • Miep says:

      Dandelion Hunter, Foraging the Urban Wildernessby Rebecca LernerLyons Press, 2013firstways/“Conventional agriculture can be like a dominating boyfriend who forces his girlfriend to change to meet his specifications. Foraging is like a sweet one who loves her for exactly who she is.” – Rebecca LernerI ran across Becky Lerner’s First Ways WordPress blog somewhere in my Facebook travels, awhile before I tired of the Book of Face and bailed. I’d already started subscribing to WordPress blo [...]

    • Melissa says:

      A very entertaining book and too easy to read - it was over before I was ready. I was a little worried at first, when she couldn't find anything edible, but really enjoyed following her learning curve, and how she came to feel a greater appreciation of and bond with nature. Her expansions on the culinary and medicinal benefits of many of the plants she encountered were very interesting and kept me busy taking notes! I look forward to checking into a few of the recipes, as well as a few books in [...]

    • Eric says:

      Really interesting and well written book on urban foraging with the best part being how the author turned in to the neighborhood apothecary/herbalists. Short and fun.

    • Guy says:

      With wit, charm, and authority, Lerner illustrates a vibrant and living Portland. In doing so, she gives us an exciting new way to see our cities and reminds us to eat where we live.

    • Kerry says:

      I suppose this book is appropriate for the right audience--and I am not it. While I can appreciate the idea of "getting back to nature" and all of the overlooked benefits it brings--including sustenance and medicine--I didn't feel like this book was a very good resource for that. As a personal journey, it was fine, but I felt that some of the information was iffy at best and downright dangerous in other respects.First of all, I was really concerned about a person who would just suddenly decide t [...]

    • Pam says:

      Rebecca Lerner has a good voice and should write fiction which she has almost done in this case. If you are looking for a book on foraging definitely skip this one because Lerner is the most unscientific person I have ever found writing nature books. The beginning of the book started in a fun crazy way when she took a challenge to live off the land for 7 days, however I was amazed she didn't kill herself eating the perfect white button mushroom. I first saw her lack of preparation and incompeten [...]

    • Janet Eshenroder says:

      The writer is very entertaining. I was caught up right away in the first part, as the author attempted to live one week off only foraged food--a disaster since she hadn't really prepared or thought out seasonal realities of what would be available. Her next attempt at living a week off foraged foods was more successful and included fascinating background into hunter-gatherer societies. As the author delved deeper into living off the land within an urban setting, as she expanded into relying only [...]

    • Diana says:

      When I tell someone I need to go forage it usually means I forgot my lunch and I need to see what the coffee shop has that can be made into a meal, for Rebecca Lerner it means something else entirely. Rebecca obtains most of her food and medicine by forage and barter. This is a "how-to" book in that it is a first hand account of someone that forages most of their meals and her journey into the world of foraging. While some of her activities may raise eyebrows, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read [...]

    • Jennifer Weiss says:

      I got the book because the author is from the town next to mine and there was a write up somewhere in the local paper.It's not typically a subject I would be drawn to, but I decided to give it a try (and the cover is so pretty). She is a very good story teller, and kept me engaged throughout. I thought it was very well done, and a very-- very good read.It was entirely enjoyable; at parts it got a bit philosophical, but then it went right back to good story telling and sharing some history and pl [...]

    • Nick says:

      Not only filled with great information on various edible species of plants, The Dandelion Hunter, contains valuable analysis of our relationships to the natural world around us. Rebecca Lerner guides us through her journey of urban foraging, from her beginning in the world of weed eating in upstate New York, to her production of herbal remedies that benefit the health of her friends and her pet dog Petunia. Michael Pollan may be the Thoreau of the food world, but Rebecca Lerner has written the " [...]

    • Selkie says:

      An awesome read, really thought provoking." Sit in front of a tree and you are looking at the incarnation of a three-hundred-million-year-old being that eats sunlight and drinks rain. The dirt on which we walk is made of stars. Dig under the pavement and you find the bones of saber-toothed tigers. Every wild plant is a link to what once was a to what could be. It's all here, still. We have only to remember."

    • Teesa says:

      I now have a renewed interest in local vegetation. I would love to have this book on my personal bookshelf and maybe one day I will take advantage of one of Rebecca's foraging outings. Having recently discovered Lewis and Clark state park for myself I'm in awe of all the treasures there. I want to start adding more sustainable, nutrient dense foods to my plate and the pleasure of gathering them on my walks in the woods.

    • Samantha says:

      This book totally tugged at my heartstrings. It's about Learner's journey from being a professional journalist to an urban forager/healer. She has an "aha" moment riding in her car in New Jersey about realizing the deeply weird idea of riding around in a metal box, and slowly begins to blog about foraging and learn more about wild plants and ends up in a sort of spiritual place about our connection to the natural world (we're destroying it, clearly) and how plans can help us reconnect with it.

    • River says:

      I picked this up randomly at the library when I saw it, so I wasn't really expecting much. However, I was pleasantly surprised by it. The book reads well and is interesting. Definitely more of a story than a field guide, but there are some helpful bits of information throughout. I could see this being useful for people who want to get inspired to go on their own foraging adventures.

    • Jaysen Paulson says:

      Rebecca Lerner as an author of Creative Non-Fiction does a beautiful job of weaving in stories of urban foraging with educational pieces about herbal medicine, medicine making and wildcrafting. It's a well written and funny piece! I 'm considering writing something in the same style because it's a great way to get information out. Thanks for this book!

    • Barbara T says:

      Learned a lot from this book about foraging, Portland history and culture, American diets, how much we take for granted There were additional insights into modern medicine and how the job of feature writers has changed! But the vibe was a little too edgy and a bit self righteous for this reader. Enjoyed it though.

    • Susan says:

      Absolutely delightful book! I've been following Becky's foraging blog for awhile, so I was really looking forward to her first book, and was not disappointed at all. Her stories about the plants and people she's met in her journey are wonderful. Read this, and you'll never look at a "weed" the same way!

    • Bree (AnotherLookBook) says:

      A good introductory sort of book, with meditative/philosophical elements, especially toward the end. I wished there were pictures of the plants, as I kept having to switch books to look things up.Reviews of life-changing vintage fiction you've never even heard of: Anotherlookbook

    • Elizabeth says:

      heard this author on Destination DIY. I liked her and her way of taking people through Portland.

    • Mary Revoy says:

      Easy and fun read

    • Heidi Pukaluk says:

      I will never be able to look at weeds the same way again. Charismatic and delightful with the beautiful sentence "the dirt on which we walk is made of stars."

    • Nick Speelman says:

      Sort a punk rockAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle. And she is every bit as insufferably full of herself as Barbara Kingsolver.

    • Kate says:

      Always fascinated by Pacific NW/Portland history, flora, & fauna, especially the human bits.

    • Lavinia says:

      Such grace and love for urban foraging! Poetic and informative. hope to meet her one day!

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