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.

cover for: "Acorn Pancakes, Dendelion Salad, and 38 Other Wild recipes."

Book cover

 

cover wrap-around art for cover for: "Acorn Pancakes, Dendelion Salad, and 38 Other Wild recipes."

Wrap-around art for cover.

 

illustration of dandelion and chicory plants

Chicory and dandelion plants

chicory pencil sketch

Pencil sketch for chicory painting

dandelion pencil sketch

Pencil sketch for dandelion painting

 

illustration of wild nuts

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

illustration of oxalis plant

Oxalis or “shamrock”

illustration of prickly pear pad and cholla buds

Prickly pear cactus pads and cholla buds

illustration of wild strawberry and raspberry

Wild strawberry and raspberry plants

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