Book: Edible Wild Plants and Useful Herbs

Every year, I vow to learn more about native foliage, from shrub and tree ID to wildflower names to edible plants. For the latter, I’m upping my game this summer by packing along Edible Wild Plants and Useful Herbs (Falcon, $15) on every outing. Clearly written, with excellent (albeit small) photos, this handy guidebook covers morels, mountain ash, and everything in between. There’s an appendix of poisonous plants (don’t eat larkspur!), a section on survival foods, notes on medicinal uses for various plants, and a list of recipes. Last but not least, the book is not specific to southwest Montana, so I can bring it on road-trips, too.