This guidebook is for the Eastern section of the United States. It would have been very helpful if that fact had been made part of the book's title--at least they should have mentioned it on the cover somewhere. I did notice that fact far down in the description section of this product page. So beware: You may not find many plants from your particular area listed in this book. There are a few plants that you will find in other parts of the country, but the book doesn't cover that many plants to begin with.
Recipes in this guide-book-sized book number about 50. The recipes are pretty primitive. Some are for flavoring vodka, some make flours, some are for frying leaves with a black walnut coating. Calling them "delicious" is a stretch of the imagination. (Calling them "recipes" is a stretch of the imagination...) Besides that, most of the plants need to be harvested at a particular time of the year; you need to know where the plants are ahead of time, and in many cases the plants are located way out in the wild. Harvesting the specific part of the plant necessary for the so-called recipes is often a messy, muddy, snake and/or insect-laden affair. This type of foraging is not for the casual nature observer taking a walk through the woods.
Some pictures are adequate, some are not clear enough and close up enough to help with identification. I found that odd... Some plants are mentioned, yet there are no pictures of them, and that is odd too.
The layout of the book is definitely not conducive to being used as a quick guidebook out in the field. This is a book to sit down and read, make notes, go out and gather more information and maps, and then make plans to take a trip.
The index is not adequate: I went looking for more information on a plant that was mentioned in the first few pages (purslane; because I've seen people foraging for it in the spring in highway medians, (not a good idea)), and it was not in the index at all.
Granted, there will be some opportunities for the very enthusiastic and interested person. But to make very good use of this book, I think you have to be rather dedicated. Granted, there is some very interesting information provided in the book, but again, that information is of fairly isolated value.
This is not for foraging in a urban or populated area. This book is for the very ambitious: You are going to have to get out there in the wild, learn the area, learn the plants, make plans to return to the plants at a specific time of year, and you are going to need more detailed information than this book provides. In that way, it is a very "odd" book in its coverage of material.
If you are really interested and ambitious, and if you live in the Eastern part of the U.S., you might be able to rate this book 5-stars. But you'll probably need more information than what is provided in this book in order to reach your goal.
If you are from Texas (for example), I'd rate this book one-star. (Unless you want to harvest nut sedge tubers out in wild...)
If you don't have any plant identifier books and want to know what poison ivy looks like, you might rate this book three stars. Although you might save yourself some money and look at the great pictures available on the internet...
Personally, I'd like to knock my rating down to two stars, simply because someone dared to call the voice of this book "witty". But I won't. Someone will find great value in this book. But, I find it a bit disgusting that the editors of this book do not highlight the coverage area. That, to me, is inexcusable in a guide book.