Monthly Archives: January 2015

Book Review: Pacific Northwest Foraging

Pacific Northwest Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Alaska Blueberries to Wild Hazelnuts by Douglas Deur, published in 2014 by Timber Press.

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Pacific Northwest Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Alaska Blueberries to Wild Hazelnuts

A good berry book is berry hard to find, and berries have been berry berry good to me, but berry books, not always quite so.

In my ongoing “liter-berry” foraging, I think I’ve perused every berry book there is. Most of them leave me wanting, like a slippery over-ripe thimbleberry lost in the thicket, with nothing but a stained thumb and bad taste in my mouth.

This one is different.

Comprehensive, yet eminently practical and immediately useful. Written in plain language, yet packed with soulful intelligence like a sprig of giant glowing red huckleberries, bursting forth from a fir stump.

Whether you can’t tell a gooseberry from a goose pimple—or conversely if you enjoy whiling away the hours debating huckleberry terroir—this is a berry great read.cover of the Olympia Timberland Library Staff Picks booklet

Reprinted with permission from the 2014 Olympia Timberland Library Staff Picks Booklet.