Acorn Pancakes, Dandelion Salad, and 38 Other Wild Recipes

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9780060215491: Acorn Pancakes, Dandelion Salad, and 38 Other Wild Recipes

Come On Out
And Gather
Wild
Foods

All that is needed is a penknife, a bag, and fingers. Wear old clothes and old shoes. Wild crops are found along roadsides and waterways; in marshes, fields, forests, city parks; and even on sidewalks. Then follow Jean Craighead George's simple recipes for cooking these wild foods -- and enjoy!

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About the Author:

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in a family of naturalists, Jean George has centered her life around writing and nature. She attended Pennsylvania State University, graduating with degrees in English and science. In the 1940s she was a member of the White House press corps and a reporter for the Washington Post. Ms. George, who has written over 90 books - among them My Side of the Mountain (Dutton), a 1960 Newbery Honor Book, and its sequels On the Far Side of the Mountain and Frightful's Mountain (both Dutton) - also hikes, canoes, and makes sourdough pancakes. In 1991, Ms. George became the first winner of the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association's Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature, which was presented to her for the "consistent superior quality" of her literary works.

Her inspiration for the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves evolved from two specific events during a summer she spent studying wolves and tundra at the Arctic Research Laboratory of Barrow, Alaska: "One was a small girl walking the vast ad lonesome tundra outside of Barrow; the other was a magnificent alpha male wolf, leader of a pack in Denali National Park ... They haunted me for a year or more, as did the words of one of the scientists at the lab: 'If there ever was any doubt in my mind that a man could live with the wolves, it is gone now. The wolves are truly gentlemen, highly social and affectionate.'"

The mother of three children, Jean George is a grandmother who has joyfully red to her grandchildren since they were born. Over the years Jean George has kept 173 pets, not including dogs and cats, in her home in Chappaqua, New York. "Most of these wild animals depart in autumn, when the sun changes their behavior and they feel the urge to migrate or go off alone. While they are with us, however, they become characters in my books, articles, and stories."

From Booklist:

Gr. 4^-6. Even those who never quite get around to baking a loaf of acorn bread, tossing a "Weedy Lawn Salad," or frying up a mess of dandelion fritters will get a kick out of browsing through this attractive book. Based on George's more complete The Wild, Wild Cookbook (1982), this volume includes fewer plants and recipes, but looks much more inviting. Botanically precise and visually appealing, Mirocha's full-color artwork in gouache and colored pencil appears on every page yet never dominates the book. For those who find wild foods intriguing, George offers sensible foraging guidelines and creative cooking ideas. Carolyn Phelan

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