Walk on the Wild Side

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Recent projects | No Comments

 

The wild side is probably somewhere in your neighborhood. Gather plants as you walk and cook them up for dinner. Don’t worry that most of them are weeds. Don’t criticize until your tasted them.

I drew these botanical illustrations for Carolyn Niethammer’s recent book Cooking the Wild Southwest. It’s actually an updated and rewritten version of her previous nook, The Tumbleweed Gourmet. I liked that old title because these humblest of weeds can provide the most delicious and exotic flavors in the hands of a creative cook. Besides that, they are nutritious. You could live like our ancestors did, hunting and gathering, with an occasional trip to the grocery store.

I opted for a sketchbook style for these, to encourage the feeling of going out and exploring for edible plants, while keeping notes and making sketches.

Here is a few of the 29 drawings.

Wild amaranth plant

Wild amaranth

 

Barrel cactus illustration

Barrel cactus (Don't eat the cactus, just the fruit!)Chiltepine: the original wild chile plantWhole cholla plant showing budsCholla flower buds

Chiltepine: the original wild chile plant

Chiltepine: the original wild chile plant

Whole cholla plant

Whole cholla plant showing buds

Cholla flower buds

Juniper tree and berries

Juniper tree and berries

Piñon pine tree

Piñon pine tree

Piñon pine nuts

Piñon pine nuts

Mesquite tree beans

Mesquite tree beans

Lambsquarters

Lambsquarters

Mexican Oregano

Mexican Oregano

 

Piñon pine nuts

 

 

 

Juniper berries

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