nybg foraging

An abundance of wild edible and medicinal plants is growing right at your doorstep, even if you live in the city.
Come learn how to safely identify, sustainably harvest, and deliciously and effectively prepare these treasures.

The Skillful Forager: Essential Techniques for Responsible Foraging and Making the Most of Your Wild Edibles

“Identification is the first task of the forager, but what comes next? It turns out, almost everything. How does one select the best berries, the tenderest greens, the freshest mushrooms, and gather them in an ecologically responsible manner? What is the most practical way to clean, crack, or pit them? How can they be stored? In The Skillful Forager, Leda Meredith answers just these questions, laying out the basic skills that she has perfected through decades of gathering and wild plants and using them in the kitchen. She leaves readers with a set of practical, simple, healthy, and delicious recipes that can be adapted to a variety of ingredients, wild or domestic–just the way that real home cooks cook everyday food. Because to Leda, that’s what foraged food is.”   — Samuel Thayer, author of The Forager’s Harvest

Pickling Everything: Foolproof Recipes for Sour, Sweet, Spicy, Savory, Crunchy, Tangy Treats

“Pickling is more than a form of food preservation. It is also a way of turning mild-flavored vegetables and fruits into crunchy, tangy side dishes and intensely flavored condiments. In Pickling Everything, food preservation expert Leda Meredith covers the ins and outs of home pickling, explaining the differences between lacto-fermented probiotic pickles and vinegar-based pickling and how to pickle and can safely. In addition to favorites like cucumbers, green beans, and beets, she includes recipes for nuts, legumes, eggs, and meats, encouraging readers to try something new.”

Botany, Ballet, & Dinner from Scratch: A Memoir with Recipes

“Personal, visceral, intimate, natural and authentic. All these words describe Leda’s book. You can literally taste melancholy in one dish and joy in another.” – Mia Wasilevich

new edition of Leda's food memoir

The Forager’s Feast: How to Identify, Gather, and Prepare Wild Edibles is part field guide covering 50 plants, mushrooms, and seaweeds with a widespread distribution, and part cookbook for turning these wild edibles into delectable dishes.

“Leda Meredith is, in my opinion, the Foraging Goddess, and the next best thing to this book would be to share a field expedition with her! I highly recommend The Forager’s Feast to anyone who has a love of the wild foods.” – Amazon review by Susan C.

Northeast Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Beach Plums to Wineberries

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“A book that wild food gatherers of all skill levels will want to own.” – Sam Thayer