The book is uniquely arranged. Each chapter covers the edible foods of a particular season: Early Spring, Mid-Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Late Fall into Early Spring. Within each chapter he describes what edible flowers may be found at that season in different settings: fields, thickets, disturbed areas, woodlands, etc. Each plant is treated separately, giving an in depth description, some interesting history, health benefits and uses, and an explanation of what parts are edible and what parts are not! Very useful information! At the end of each of these sections, he provides several very helpful cross-references; since most plants grow throughout several seasons, he provides a list of what is growing during that time, even if it is not yet at its peak. He also lists plants just to observe, and plants with medicinal value. This format is repeated for each chapter, and at the end of the book he shares lots of recipes to get you eating! All is done with humor and an obvious love of the subject.
Only one thing would make this book better: color pictures! His drawings are great, but pictures would be better. Weeds of the Northeast is the best book I’ve found for this, as it gives color photos of plants at numerous stages of growth. If you own both books, it will help you identify a great many plants for eating. Here is Wildman Bill’s website, for further research.
This book has been a constant reference for me as I have experimented with different foods. It gives very clear guidelines, as well as important precautions. Buy it for your home library, and start enjoying all the good food God has given you, right in your backyard!