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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; Berkley Trade Pbk. Ed edition (Jan 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425100634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425100639
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Brown, Jr. began to learn hunting and tracking at the age of eight under the tutelage of an Apache elder, medicine man, and scout in Toms River, New Jersey, and is the author of 16 books on nature. Recently, he was the technical advisor on The Hunted, a major motion picture starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benecio Del Toro. In 1978, Tom founded the Tracker School in the New Jersey Pine Barrens where he offers more than 25 classes about wilderness survival and environmental protection.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar 1999
Format: Paperback
This one, in particular, is kind of like reading the earliest Tom Robbins novels (Another Roadside attraction, etc.). Beyond nostalgia, this is a wonderful book - a little too large and poorly illustrated to carry CARELESSLY into the woods - yet very useful and unique. Tom gives us a pre-New Age understanding of his plant friends - the ones we might most need or want to know - while spinning sentimental and spiritual threads that may help bind us to our use of this new knowledge. Collect the Peterson's and indepth holistic herbals, but don't pass up on Tom's.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 July 1999
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This book has SOME good info on some plant species, but it would be nice to know what they look like "in the wilderness." Half the book is just "filler". Tom Brown romanticizes plants, and "oneness" with nature. This book has been my biggest dissapointment.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Oct 1998
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I feel this is one of the best books on the subject of edible wild plants. It is very informative and gives a lot more information than other plant books. I would recomend this book to anyone interested in the wilderness.
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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful
An unusual plant guide 8 Sep 2004
By M. Coppedge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book differs greatly from other edible-plant guides. First, it has no pictures of plants: neither drawings, nor illustrations or photographs. If you want to use this guide, you definitely need a second book that shows what the plants look like. Second, it is not about a technical description of plants but about their spiritual value. The author discusses every plant according to its "personality," which is a detailed account of his personal experience with the plant, childhood memories related to the plant, and teachings he got from an Apache elder. We then learn how the plant can be used as food and as medicine. In either case, the author shows clearly how the plant should be harvested, cooked, eaten, stored, prepared and prescribed. He also points to possible dangers if a particular plant can be easily confused with a toxic plant, or when a plant could trigger reactions in allergic people.

Although the spiritual approach may not appeal to everyone, this book is quite informative and in many ways better than the purely descriptive guides. It concentrates on about 45 plants you will find in meadows, fields, and (if you like weeds) in your backyard.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Plant information not found elsewhere 17 Jan 2001
By Doug Kramer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this Tom Brown, Jr. Field Guide, the reader is connected to plants in ways not explored in more scientific field guides. Mr. Brown shares stories, feelings and energies connected to various plants. In addition, there are medicinal and edible uses you WILL NOT find in other guides. These uses come from the Native American traditions so thoroughly explored by Grandfather Stalking Wolf and Tom Brown, Jr. himself. If you are a wild plant enthusiast, add this book to your library. If you have read Tom Brown, don't pass this one up.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Great for the info it has, but not an identification and classification book 18 Feb 2006
By Richard A. Hicks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is written from the standpoint of someone who needs to use plants either for survival or bush medicine. It is not the best or most accurate filed guide for identifying or classifying plants. I found it best to use this book in conjunction with an Audubon field guide. The Audubon filed guide will give you a picture and a better description of the plant that you are looking for, Tom Brown's book tells you what to do with the plant when you find it.

Tom browns book is the more important part of this equation, what good is knowing what a plant looks like without knowing what it is used for? So, I recommend using a different field guide for finding a certain plant, and then using Tom Brown's guide and practice making the medicinal applications and teas that he has. This book was not designed to take the place of a standard photographic field guide. It is designed to be used first in conjunction with a standard field guide until you know the plant and can identify it, then the illustrations and such are only to jog your memory in the field if you are looking for a certain remedy plant but its been a while since you messed with it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Tom Brown's is different 29 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This one, in particular, is kind of like reading the earliest Tom Robbins novels (Another Roadside attraction, etc.). Beyond nostalgia, this is a wonderful book - a little too large and poorly illustrated to carry CARELESSLY into the woods - yet very useful and unique. Tom gives us a pre-New Age understanding of his plant friends - the ones we might most need or want to know - while spinning sentimental and spiritual threads that may help bind us to our use of this new knowledge. Collect the Peterson's and indepth holistic herbals, but don't pass up on Tom's.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best on "KNOWING" plants 23 Oct 2000
By JLaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excelent book just like all of Tom's books. It takes you past the usual explainations and gives you a chance to really "Know" the plants. It's not meant to take the place of other identification guides, it goes much more in depth, every plant has a fantastic story on it's use and Tom's personal experience with it. I have read most of Tom's books and plan to read them all, this one is no exception it's great.
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