An Illustrated Guide to the World's Food Plants

By Helen Bateman (Editor); Monica Berton (Editor); Fiona Doig (Editor)

National Geographic Society, Hardcover, 9781426203725, 360pp.

Publication Date: November 18, 2008

A natural choice for the millions of people turning to a healthier lifestyle, this book invites readers on a sumptuously illustrated walk through the world garden to discover the story of some 250 food plants from field to table. Illustrated with more than 500 images and written by top international horticultural and culinary experts, the sumptuous "Edible" explores the origins, history, and contemporary cultural and culinary uses of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, beverage plants, herbs, and spices. A rich introduction begins the book, revealing early agriculture and our "green" future. Then an eight-chapter "Food Directory" cameos individual plants, with reader friendly layouts framing each entry's biography, botanical description, culinary role, and healing powers. In addition to the lively and authoritative narrative, "Edible" intrigues readers with layers of information: literary quotes, boxes on ancient origins of exotic foods, political underpinnings, nutritional values, longstanding remedies, and more. Tantalizing anecdotes dip into such diverse topics as the Japanese Cherry Festival; cacao, Mayan "food of the gods;" and the 17th-century Nutmeg Wars, which determined New York's future. A glossary and index complete the book.
"The National Geographic Desk Reference to Nature's Medicine" has proven itself a steady sales record. With huge appeal for both the health-conscious and the legions of devotees who follow today's chefs in the media, "Edible" is a recipe for success.

About the Author
Helen Bateman studied English Language and Literature at Lancaster University and has taught both subjects at Secondary School level. She was born in Ashington, Northumberland, UK but now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and looks after their three children full time. Writing is something Helen has always enjoyed and she feels blessed to now have more time to indulge in this privilege. Helen wrote her debut novel 'Soul to Take' during her youngest child's naps throughout 2014.