Best Audience: Herbalists and folks interested in regaining Primitive Skills or practicing Ancestral Living skills with at least some practice wild crafting or gathering from wild sources
I have to admit that I found The New Wildcrafted Cuisine: Exploring the Exotic Gastronomy of Local Terroir by Pascal Baudar through Instagram. He showed up one day with pics of all kinds of interesting concoctions, like handmade sodas and wild yeast starters. I found myself reading his full posts, then thinking about what he was doing later on. Many of his techniques are akin to ones I’ve tried, but he takes them to a new level of sophistication I love. I laid my hands on a copy of The New Wildcrafted Cuisine: Exploring the Exotic Gastronomy of Local Terroir, and kinda fell in love with homesteading all over again.
Pascal Baudar is fortunate enough to live in Southern California, where he can easily gather edibles all year round. I’m further north, so many of the wild edibles he uses are not available or are available for a considerably more limited season. Early on in The New Wildcrafted Cuisine: Exploring the Exotic Gastronomy of Local Terroir, he makes the point that the recipes he offers are more about technique and ideas than hard-fast recipes.
This is a book designed to help you use the skills he teaches to create within the context of your own local environment. I may not have access to prickly pear, but I sure can lay my hands on wild apples (trees in orchards that were abandoned long ago, for instance) or wild rose hips. Using Baudar’s techniques, I can create wild sodas, vinegars, kimchee, and the whole gamut of wonderful condiments, spices, sauces, and even meals using what’s available to me right where I am. I recommend entering into The New Wildcrafted Cuisine: Exploring the Exotic Gastronomy of Local Terroir with plans for exercising your own inner rebel and creative genius; you’ll need to break a few rules as you adjust recipes to fit your local edibles, but I guarantee you’ll learn a lot and gain confidence fast!
If, like me, you’re kinda frustrated with the same vegetables over and over (the standards the grocery offers or the limitations of seed catalogs juxtaposed against your climate and growing conditions), The New Wildcrafted Cuisine: Exploring the Exotic Gastronomy of Local Terroir offers a plethora of wonderful ways to expand the flavors, scents, and textures of your daily table. Following Baudar’s lead, you’ll begin to cherish each new preservation for it’s uniqueness knowing no one, yourself included, will ever repeat exactly that set of flavors, smells, and textures again. The New Wildcrafted Cuisine: Exploring the Exotic Gastronomy of Local Terroir by Pascal Baudar is sure to shake the boredome out of your diet and give you the skills you need to make rewilding a viable part of your lifestyle.
The Bottom Line: The New Wildcrafted Cuisine: Exploring the Exotic Gastronomy of Local Terroir by Pascal Baudar has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf…and in my kitchen!
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