'What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not been discovered.' Ralph Waldo Emerson This book is a practical and attractive guide to identifying and using the many edible varieties of weed. It will appeal to gardeners, botanists and horticulturalists, as well as to anyone with an interest in controlling weeds in eco-friendly ways. Weeds - may be beneficial to wildlife - can be good for the soil helping the accumulation of trace elements and acting as hosts for mycorrhizal funghi - are interesting and unusual ingredients in the kitchen, as well as having a range of other uses. The main part of the book provides full details of over 45 species, with advice on how to identify them and use them in the kitchen, including recipe suggestions, as well as tips for non-culinary uses. It includes both the more common weeds, such as nettles, dandelions, chickweed and ground elder, and the less common, such as brooklime and pineappleweed. The directory covers both native and non-native species, including some troublesome invasives. Advice is also given on avoiding plants that are harmful if eaten. With The Weeder's Digest on your bookshelf you can put your weeds to use and need not curse their presence any longer. Whether it s making soup or jam, dyeing fabric or making paper, it s all here. Includes colour photographs throughout.