Winner of the John Burroughs Medal
Fascinating reading for anyone interested in human ecology or ethnobotany . . . a splendid way to learn to love—and save—the deserts.
Nabhan has chosen a dozen of the more than 425 edible wild species found in the desert to demonstrate just how bountiful the land can be. . . . A rich blend of scientific facts and observation.
The desert will never look the same once you've seen it through the eyes of Gary Paul Nabhan. . . . With the style of a storyteller and with accompanying drawings by Paul Mirocha, Nabhan shows that the desert is anything but barren.
—Rodale's Organic Gardening
This gentle blend of history, scholarship and country yarns makes for a book that entertains while it teaches.
—Whole Earth Review
If placed in the middle of this environment, how well would we fare? Nabhan becomes our guide. The empty baskets we bring to this book are gradually filled with seeds from each chapter. . . . A beautiful book.
—Orion Nature Quarterly
A timely contribution. . . . Strongly recommend this book to all those interested in expanding their thoughts on desert culture and ecology.
—Agriculture & Human Values
This a highly original book . . . reads like a novel. . . . The book is very accessible.
It should be noted that besides good reading, this book is as aesthetically pleasing as a basket made from Devil's Claw.