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The New Oxford Book of Food Plants

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  • A beautifully illustrated reference work about the many food plants we grow in our gardens, buy in our shops, and consume either on their own or as part of a recipe
  • Covers an array of edible plants from nuts and spices, fruit, mushrooms, seaweeds, legumes, grains, and salads
  • A delightful addition to the library of any cook, gardener, or naturalist
  • All plants are illustrated in colour with emphasis on the edible parts, whilst the text entries provide fascinating information about the plants uses, history, and nutritive value
  • Completely up-to-date nutritional information, ideal for those interested in healthy eating
  • Written by leading experts in botany and nutrition

By: John G Vaughan(Author), Catherine A Geissler(Author), Elisabeth Dowle(Illustrator), Belgium Nicholson(Illustrator), Elizabeth Rice(Illustrator)

248 pages, 100 colour illustrations, tables

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Aug 2009 | Edition: 2 | #177639 | ISBN-13: 9780199549467
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About this book

The New Oxford Book of Food Plants is a beautifully illustrated compendium of facts about the plants we grow in our gardens and use in our cooking. Gorgeous botanical illustrations are accompanied by accessible yet authoritative descriptions of each plant, along with fascinating historical details and nutritive values.

This is a new edition of a classic book – fully updated with the latest nutritional research, as well as beautiful new plates and descriptions of many exotic edible plants that have only recently found their way into our markets and onto our kitchen tables – it is a must-have for anyone who loves good food, cooking, and gardening.

Reviews from the previous edition

"Ditch Delia Smith [...] and tuck into The New Oxford Book of Food Plants [...] a concise and well-illustrated historical, biological, pharmacological, nutritional and culinary guide to eating plants."
New Scientist

"Hand painted full-page illustrations are just one of the delights of this comprehensive guide to edible plants [...] An appealing, indispensible reference book for everyone who loves to eat, cook, and garden."

"The illustrations are both handsome and helpful. The text, in its terse way, is a knockout [...] It should be everyone's cup of tea (not to mention cocoa, and of course, coffee)."
The Guardian

"This book [...] will surely become an indispensible reference work and teaching aid. May it sell by the thousand!"
Plant Talk


Hundreds of entries from nuts to spices, to fruit, mushrooms, seaweeds and salads
Nutrition and Health
Nutrition tables
Recommended reading
Index of plant names
Subject Index

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