The Bay Area Forager: Your Guide to Edible Wild Plants of the San Francisco Bay Area

The Bay Area Forager: Your Guide to Edible Wild Plants of the San Francisco Bay Area
Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, with over 85 full-color photographs, 336 pages.
ISBN: 9780615496122.

By Kevin Feinstein , Mia Andler

Reading this guidebook is like taking a wild foods walk with foraging experts Mia Andler and Kevin Feinstein: it gives practical advice for gathering edible wild plants in the Bay Area in a voice that is friendly and suffused with rich personal knowledge. The authors provide thorough descriptions of where to find each of the region’s most readily available plants, and they give clear instructions for harvesting them responsibly. Large, detailed photographs help readers to identify plants easily. Also included are mouth-watering recipes such as cattail crêpes, cherry laurel cordial, fiddlehead fusilli, and rosehip soup. Ideal for any experience level, The Bay Area Forager invites readers to deepen their relationship with their environment.


"The perfect book for the modern day Bay Area forager" Matt Berry
"In a world focused on serious issues such as climate change and the redesign of energy, food, and human shelter systems . . . Mia and Kevin's work shines as a functional and joyful solution to the seemingly massive scale of the human footprint. Eating the plants that are available, and growing wild in your neighborhood and region is more than a symbolic gesture towards honoring ecology . . . it returns you to the ecological system as functioning member, like any other bird, bug, or mammal." Rebecca Burgess, Author of Harvesting Color -- How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
"This is a wonderful resource that is not only full of information on individual plants, it also sets forth a vision for how we may live in a regenerative way in the beautiful landscape of the Bay Area" Drew Harwell
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Category Nature

About the Authors

Kevin Feinstein

Kevin Feinstein

Kevin Feinstein is a writer, teacher, and researcher of plants, food, sustainability, and natural heath. He currently resides in Walnut Creek, California, and has lived all over the Bay Area. He is the founder of the Foraging Society ( and maintains a website on foraging related topics, (

Mia Andler

Mia Andler

Mia Andler is a foraging expert, founder and director of Vilda—a nonprofit that connects children to nature in Northern California—and coauthor of The Bay Area Forager. Originally from Finland, she has been foraging since she was a little girl and has studied the regenerative practices of earth-based cultures around the world. Andler has been backpacking and foraging in the Sierra Nevada and the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years. She has appeared on television, film, and radio for her work on helping people foster meaningful connection with nature. She lives with her children in Truckee, California.

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