No, this book does not explain how to forage for and prepare wild edibles such as dandelion greens (although dandelion greens contain more vitamins than the super popular fresh leaf spinach.) Eating on the Wild Side will save you money by teaching you how to select the freshest and most nutritious produce when shopping at the farmer’s market or grocery store, how to properly store them, and the best ways to cook for optimum nutrient content. I used to consider myself somewhat knowledgeable about fruits and veggies, but I quickly discovered while reading Jo Robinson’s book I have a lot to learn! Perhaps you do too… Consider the following true or false statements:
Thick asparagus spears are older and tougher than slimmer spears.
Cauliflower isn’t nutritious, because it lacks color.
Dried berries are even better for you than fresh or frozen berries.
False, false, and false! This is just the tip of the iceberg (lettuce, Ha!) of excellent information Robinson shares. If you’re like me and have trouble reading detailed nonfiction, not to worry – each chapter includes easy-to- interpret charts, plus a points to remember section. If you’re a gardener, Robinson recommends the most nutritious varieties to grow yourself. I’m now inspired to grow loganberries in my backyard garden. And I definitely plan to eat more artichokes!
Read this book, and you too will definitely appreciate, respect, and understand better the fruits and vegetables that give us our nourishment.