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Stalking the Wild Asparagus and Stalking the Healthful Herbs are similar in the way they cover plants. Edibility is the predominant topic for both books, with mild medicinal uses covered secondarily. When discussing ‘healthful herbs’ his focus is not on treating major diseases, but reporting on his research and experimentation into gentle home remedy aspects of the plants he covers. Lots of teas and salves.
*Stalking the Blue-Eyed Scallop is different from the other two books because it focuses primarily on seashore animals of the eastern seaboard. Gibbons covers crabs, clams, mussels, sea urchins, seaweeds and a few seashore land-based edibles in a wonderful kind of detail. As in his other books, he reports knowledge based on experience. Gibbons does this like an effortless walk through life, journalling his interesting story filled with research and discovery. There are a fair number of good line drawings that are useful in combination with other photograph-based guides. Scallop, like his other two books is written in an informal folksy style that is endearing.
The best uses of this book are to inspire your interest in wild foods, get you out into the coast, and to guide you once you get back to kitchen or campfire. Most of the focus is on eastern species, but quite a bit of it can apply to the west. All three of these books are recommended to add some depth to your wild food library! For more on Gibbons, read his biography at this site.