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.

illustration of amaranth Walk on the Wild Side

Wild amaranth

 

illustration of barrelcactus Walk on the Wild Side

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

illustration of chiltepine Walk on the Wild Side

Chiltepine: the original wild chile plant

illustration of cholla plant Walk on the Wild Side

Whole cholla plant showing buds

illustration of cholla1 Walk on the Wild Side

Cholla flower buds

illustration of juniper Walk on the Wild Side

Juniper tree and berries

illustration of pinon tree Walk on the Wild Side

Piñon pine tree

illustration of pinonpine Walk on the Wild Side

Piñon pine nuts

illustration of mesquite Walk on the Wild Side

Mesquite tree beans

illustration of lambsquarters Walk on the Wild Side

Lambsquarters

illustration of mexicanOregano Walk on the Wild Side

Mexican Oregano

 

illustration of pinonpine1 Walk on the Wild Side

 

 

 

illustration of juniper Walk on the Wild Side

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