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Eat Mesquite and More: A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods and Living
Desert Harvesters, contributor

Adult; Food & Cooking; (Market)

This dynamic book includes over 170 recipes featuring wild, native Sonoran Desert foods, including mesquite, acorn, barrel cactus, chiltepin, desert chia, desert herbs and flowers, desert ironwood, hackberry, palo verde, prickly pear, saguaro, wolfberry, and wild greens. The recipes—contributed by desert dwellers, harvesters, chefs, and innovators—capture a spirit of adventure and reverence inviting both newcomers and seasoned experts to try new foods and experiment with new flavors. The book also features stories of significant individuals, organizations, and businesses that have contributed knowledge, products, and innovation in the planting, harvesting, and use of wild, native desert foods. Additional essays reveal the poetry of the foraging life, how to plant the rain, and medicinal uses and ethnobotanical histories of desert plants. More than a cookbook, Eat Mesquite and More also encourages a renaissance of “wild agriculture,” one that foregrounds the ethical harvesting and selection of wild foods and the re-planting of native food sources in urban and residential areas without imported water or fertilizers.

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