Foraging in the snow!

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This week, I traveled to New York for meetings with my fabulous publishing team at Viking/Penguin to plan for the summer release of the paperback version of The Plant Hunter. Shhh.... there is a fun new book cover design to be revealed soon!!

I also had the opportunity to visit the gorgeous orchid show at The New York Botanical Gardens (highly recommended!!). In addition to time in the city, I traveled upstate to the Shawangunk Mountains, locally known as the "Gunks", to do a bit of snowshoe hiking and exploring. Check out this video filmed with ethnobotany colleagues about a wild edible lichen we encountered on our hike. The Umbilicaria lichen is a good source of nutrition in famine situations, and it was fun to feature this interesting wild famine food especially in light of our podcast topic on famine foods this week (see below).

Book Review in Economic Botany

The Plant Hunter was reviewed in the most recent volume of the scientific journal, Economic Botany (Volume 75, Issue 3-4, Page 327). Here is an excerpt:
"It is ideal for university reading lists as it will whet the student’s appetite to learn more about the power of plants and how researchers come to understand connections and interactions between these species and the people who use them. Reading this book is a pleasure, and all of us should learn what is in it. As she writes, “Nature can save us,” and then she shows us how." --Maria Fadiman, PhD, Florida Atlantic University

New on Foodie Pharmacology:

Famine Foods with Dr. Paul Minnis

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Throughout human history, humans have faced periods of intense food shortages and even famines. The cause of famines can differ, and whether it is due to poor economic policy, drought, crop disease, or pests, one thing remains the same: humans seek out alternative food sources to fill the gap. My guest this week is Dr. Paul Minnis, an ethnobiologist and expert on famine foods! We talk about the role of famine foods in history and their importance to the future of food security. To learn more, check out his latest book, Famine Foods: Plants We Eat to Survive.

Have you been reading THE PLANT HUNTER? If you love the book, please help me get the word out! Consumer reviews are greatly needed on Amazon, Audible, Barnes and Noble, Good Reads and more. Thank you!

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