Go nuts with wild recipes

A special edition of "Wild Wild Cookbook" retitled Acorn Pancakes, Dandelion Salad and 38 Other Wild Dishes, by Jean Craighead George, HarperCollins, 1995, illustrated by Paul Mirocha.

I painted these illustrations using opaque watercolor in a traditional style. I especially enjoyed crawling around in the woods looking for plants, which is the object of the book anyways. While looking for plants, one notices a lot of other things that you didn't know were out there. I've included some of my pencil sketches here. The intended audience is children and the recipes are easy to make.

illustration of acorn pancakes det Go nuts with wild recipes

Book cover

 

illustration of acornpcakes Go nuts with wild recipes

Wrap-around art for cover.

 

illustration of dandelion chicory Go nuts with wild recipes

Chicory and dande­lion plants

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Pencil sketch for chicory painting

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Pencil sketch for dande­lion painting

 

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Wild nuts: Black walnut, Shagbark hickory, Pecan, and American beech

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Oxalis or “shamrock”

illustration of opuntias Go nuts with wild recipes

Prickly pear cactus pads and cholla buds

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Wild straw­berry and raspberry plants

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