Native Harvests

Native Harvests

American Indian Wild Foods and Recipes

Book - 2005
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Dover Pubns
From clambakes to wild strawberry bread, this practical primer on natural foods not only provides recipes for varied Native American dishes but also describes uses of ceremonial, medicinal, and sacred plants. 147 illustrations.

"The most intelligent and brilliantly researched book on the food of the American Indian." —Craig Claiborne, The New York Times
This wonderful book is not just a recipe collection, but a passport to foraging and to surviving close to nature. It will tell you how to prepare familiar foods such as stuffed clams and corn chowder, but also how to fix clover soup, purslane salad, young milkweed spears, wild rice with hazelnuts and blueberries, fiddlehead stew, meadow mushroom pie, stewed wild rabbit with dumplings, spoon bread, acorn coffee, and witch hazel tea. Beautifully illustrated by the author (herself of American Indian descent), this book is also an invaluable manual on herbal medicines and ceremonial, sacred, and poisonous plants — all written with acute sensitivity to and appreciation of Native American ways.

Book News
Along with a wealth of recipes, this augmented reprint of the 1998 edition by the Institute for American Indian Studies includes wisdom on herbal medicines, ceremonial and sacred natural materials, and even warnings on poisonous plants. Expert and teacher Kavasch also illustrates her text, which includes information on natural food preparation, soups, vegetables (including a botanical chart), native ferns, lichens and mosses, wild mushrooms and meats, saltwater and freshwater fish, breads, beverages, smoking mixtures and even chewing gum. She provides the spiritual contexts of the ways the foods are gathered, prepared, and served, and also provides a botanical as well as a general index. She also includes a very helpful set of menus for special occasions and everyday feasting. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2005, c1998
ISBN: 9780486440637
Branch Call Number: 641.5997 KAV
Characteristics: xxviii, 238 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kavasch, E. Barrie


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