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This is a beautifully written memoir that weaves together the practice of foraging with memory, the search for love, and the complexities of an ever evolving life While many of the other reviews focus on foraging I think they often neglect the important role that family and culture play in this book This novel highlights the struggles that 2nd generation immigrants face as they negotiate cultural s and a lifestyle often deemed American Chin does an amazing job drawing the reader into her life and allowing us a glimpse at a rich set of people that we can relate to.I am not a New Yorker but had just returned from a NY trip when I read this The writing provides you with such a visceral depiction of the different streets, parks, and backyards she visited I felt as if I could walk through these parks myself This is an excellent summer read that I highly recommend. Ava Chin was one of my sister s best friends in junior high, so it was really exciting to get hold of her memoir For the past few years, she s been writing a column called The Urban Forager at The New York Times, so at least half of this book is about finding and cooking the plants that grow wildly in New York City s parks, recipes included It made me curious as to what s growing here in my own backyard in Rockland, but I can t see myself joining Ava and her friends on any foraging treks.The better half of the book, at least for me, was the personal stuff Ava s family and love life Foraging has become a trend amongst New York foodies and hipsters, but Ava was raised with it Her grandfather, born in China, worked in many restaurants here in America, and both he and Ava s grandmother knew which wild plants were edible and what to do with them As a Chinese American, Ava really was in the perfect position to bridge the two foraging cultures.But the foraging for food is really a metaphor for love Her relationship with her grandparents was the most loving and nurturing of her childhood her mother was single, busy, and bitter at having been abandoned in pregnancy by Ava s father So in many ways, this book is a tribute to Ava s grandmother, awesome to the end It s also the story of navigating the New York singles scene Boy, am I glad I was spared Even if I didn t know Ava, I would still enjoy her book The story of her grandmother s death was raw but gripping, and the story of her encounter with feral bees was fascinating But the thing is, I do know Ava, and that makes the book even amazing I remember when she was thirteen, talking about her dream of becoming a writer I had the same dream, but I wouldn t dare admit it in public Now she s a writing professor who s published her second book while I m still dreaming about becoming a writer I also remember a time before Ava and my sister were close Ava s grandfather worked at a local restaurant called the Lotus Inn My father often took us there Jews and treif Chinese food Oy vey My sister and I loved it for its interesting d cor It had a big waterfall fountain wishing well in the foyer, blowfish around many of the lights, and best of all, some of the tables were surrounded by straw huts like something out of Gilligan s Island The hostess, a beautiful Chinese woman whom we considered really glamorous, stood in the biggest hut of all with the cash register and after dinner mints One evening, my father had taken my sister, our then best friend, her mother, and me out to dinner at the restaurant While we were sitting at the table, Ava was standing with the hostess in her hut, which seemed like a position of great privilege to me, though for all I know, she might have been embarrassed about it in front of her schoolmates Our friend s mother said, You could learn so much from that girl s experiences And of course, it was true We just ate in restaurants we had no idea what went on behind the scenes Well, now, with this book, we finally can learn from Ava s life experiences And in all this time, perhaps not that much has changed I buy my food at the supermarket while Ava is still closer to the source. @Download Book º Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal Þ In This Touching And Informative Memoir About Foraging For Food In New York City, Ava Chin Finds Sustenance And So MuchUrban Foraging Is The New Frontier Of Foraging For Foods, And It S All About Eating Better, Healthier, And Sustainably, No Matter Where You Live Time Named Foraging The Latest Obsession Of Haute Cuisine, But The Quest To Connect With Food And Nature Is Timeless And UniversalAva Chin, Aka The Urban Forager, Is An Experienced Master Of The Quest Raised In Queens, New York, By A Single Mother And Loving Grandparents, Chin Takes Off On An Emotional Journey To Make Sense Of Her Family Ties And Romantic Failures When Her Beloved Grandmother Suddenly Falls Ill She Retreats Into The Urban Wilds, Where Parks And Backyards Provide Not Only Rare And Delicious Edible Plants, But A Wellspring Of WisdomAs The Seasons Turn, Chin Begins To View Her Life With New Foraging Eyes Experiencing The World As A Place Of Plenty And Variety, Where Every Element, From Flora To Fauna To Fungi, Is Interconnected And Interdependent Her Experiences In Nature Put Her On A Path To Self Discovery, Leading To Reconciliation With Her Family And Finding True LoveDivided Into Chapters Devoted To A Variety Of Edible Medicinal Plants, With Recipes And Culinary Information, Eating Wildly Will Stir Your Emotions And Enliven Your Taste Buds Ava Chin s memoir has forever altered my relationship with nature as a city girl I finally grasp the concept of finding oneself in the woods The author forages through her past much in the same way she hunts for mushrooms, tenderly, with an almost worshipful respect for the delicate process of unearthing one s true self the hidden treasure lying buried under the debris of everyday existence She confronts the pain of her own past with language made stunningly brave in its simplicity and directness I was left feeling awed by her courageous honesty and thrilled by her story of self made redemption It was not long after that I found myself on my first solitary hike and hardly a coincidence when I recognized wood ear then, even in the dead of winter Ava has inspired me to look deeper than the surface, both internally and externally, and I have a feeling she will convert many an urban dweller to the joys of Eating Wildly. I was hesitant to start this book because I was afraid it would be one of those gimmicky, life experiment things where the author decides to do something different or wacky for a while and then write about it Luckily, it s not like that at all Instead, Eating Wildly is a quiet and rather sweet memoir about forgiveness and letting go of the past while foraging for wild edibles such as mushrooms, herbs and berries.I could really relate to the way foraging helped Ava Chin make peace with the difficult aspects of her life absentee father, beloved grandmother s death, romantic breakups because I feel the same way when I go birding Something about being outside, completely focused on your environment, can be quite healing I hope this book inspires people to be interested in the natural world, and would recommend it to armchair as well as active naturalists A good companion book would be Crow Planet Lyanda Lynn Haupt I would not recommend it to someone wanting a practical guide or introduction to foraging, because it s really of a memoir That aside, my only reservation about this book is that the author completely glosses over how invasive and problematic some of these wild plants, such as garlic mustard and Japanese knotweed, are in the wild Perhaps in urban parks, such as where she lives, it is not so much of an issue But in the woodlands of Illinois, for example, garlic mustard is a terrible pest, crowding out native wildflowers and plant foods for birds and insects So if you want to forage for garlic mustard, I know where you can get TONS of it, and no one will try to stop you just please don t bring any back I won a free copy of this book as a First Reads giveaway My opinion, as always, is entirely my own. I mistakenly thought this book was a how to on foraging and was a bit disappointed when I realized it was a memoir However, I found the author engaging and wanted to keep reading not only to find out what she discovered in the urban wilderness but also what became of the her and the people in her life This slim book is quite inspirational and optimistic Here is a sample of the author s philosophy I was talking on the phone to a producer for public radio several days before I was going to appear on a segment to discuss wild food I was standing in my bedroom, watching the squirrels scrambling along the tree branches outside my window The producer had just asked me why I started foraging.I hesitated for a moment Unlike many of the other foraging experts I knew, I realized that I had entirely personal reasons for doing it Forgaging reminds me that the world is a generous place, I said Even when things are topsy turvy, I know that the plants will always sprout in the spring, become lush in the summer, and then grow dormant in the winter And the following year, it ll happen all over again The author s story and a recent mushroom foray emphasized to me how much is going on in nature right in front of me that I never notice, because I am not really looking She calls it having forager s eyes If I can slow down and really look, notice how things change everyday, and appreciate all nature around me, it can change my life Suddenly, I do not feel isolated Instead, there is a sense of belonging to the universe, an almost mystical moment, and I am one with the world and full of wonder.So I recommend this book to anyone who is curious about exploring nature outside your window and developing that sense of wonder. This sensitive and thoughtfully wrought memoir had this city girl eager to tramp through nature, in search of the treasures that might be lying in plain sight. I started reading Eating Wildly on the train and was so engrossed I switched onto the wrong subway which meant I had time to read Ava s story of finding nourishment in the unlikeliest of places by foraging for edible weeds in the city and even in the winter, is entwined with a deep longing for love and connection that made my heart ache I finished the book the same evening, and saw the world with different eyes the next day How often I ve taken for granted the things that are always there How could we appreciate deeply what we already have And where could we see potential, in ourselves and others to shine The next time I saw dandelion greens in the market I bought them and cooked them for my kids, with a lot of love in my heart More at my blog in Dandelions for Dinner I received this book in a giveaway through Goodreads I loved this memoir In a lot of ways it reminded me of Barbara Kingsolver s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle A Year of Food Life in that it gave me so much fabulous information about living off the land and eating locally, but Ava Chin s story is her own, and the common theme is merely food I love that she shares so much of herself and discovers along the way what has made her find such joy in foraging She seamlessly weaves her foodie knowledge in with stories of both her present life and of her past.I consider myself a bit of a foodie and grow a large garden and seek out natural, organic, grass fed, heirloom, and local foods as much as possible Foraging outside of my own yard I have a walnut tree and some fruit trees as well as the garden is something I ve never really attempted Reading Chin s book makes me want to try it this year Not just for the financial reasons, but for the thrill of the hunt as she so effectively describes Right after finishing the book I was headed to the store and had to buy some mushrooms after all the delicious talk about them I also have plans to make her hummus recipe soon.The copy I received was labeled as Advance Uncorrected Proof , and I must say I found the book to be delightfully free of errors Too many books especially free kindle downloads seem to have skipped the proofreading and editing steps these days so this was nice.I will definitely recommend this book to others and plan to share my copy with anyone in my book club who might enjoy reading it. I loved this memoir, I thought it was going to be a book on and wholly food and nature type movement, but it turned out to be so much Her relationship with her grandparents reminded me so much of mine, spending weekends together, learning so much and receiving from them so much love and acceptance that it could only be considered priceless.Loved learning about all the different things that can be found in urban areas that we call weeds, berries that grow wildly, mushrooms and so much that people have used as medicine in the past Her heritage with her grandparents, her grandfather in particular, who was the cook in their family is the first to entice her taste buds and give her a life long love of food.Loved reading about this whole wild food movement, foraging in Central Park and other nature preserves for little tidbits in which to build or add t a meal Contests, groups a whole movement trying to get back to nature in whatever little way they can Now I can t see myself foraging for food, frankly I don t know what I am doing, much rooms are all the same to me, I would just end up poisoning myself and my family, but I love that people are doing this It may be something I take up in the future, with some training if the opportunity presents itself Extremely interesting and well written.ARC from publisher.