Shabby Sunday: Free for the Eating by Bradford Angier – 1966


Shabby Sunday

I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.

Today’s Shabby Share is:

Free for the Eating



A nature study cookbook adding dimension and variety to meal time for rural, suburban or big-city dwellers. Nature’s unhandled, unspoiled foods for the housewife and the camper. Thrifty conversation-piece delicacies — free for the eating! Includes wild fruit, wild greens, wild roots and tubers, wild nuts, and centuries-old brews to quaff from wild beverage bushes.

My thoughts on this book:

Free for the Eating is an old book from 1966 that I picked up from a local barn sale about four years ago. I just happened to come upon this sale where an older woman had boxes and boxes of old books she was selling for next to nothing. I was really surprised to come across this bright green book with the text,

“100 WILD PLANTS 300 WAYS TO USE THEM… backyard and wilderness banqueting on nature’s bounty of edible wild plants.”


I ended up buying it for 10 cents and what a steal! It’s in pretty good condition with its original dust jacket. Sure, there are tons of modern books available today that share the use of wild plants with vivid colored photos, and I do appreciate those, but what I like about this one is that it’s pocket-sized and easy to read with just the right amount of information.


The pictures are just sketches, but most plants can still easily be identified. Along with each one, you also get a few recipes like dandelion wine, clover tea, and Scottish lovage candy to name a few. Many of the plants I’m yet to find, but this is nice information to have on hand.


Apparently one of the places this book was sold is Gander Mountain, Inc. There are also a handful of other nature study books written by Bradford Angier like Skills for Taming the Wilds for those interested.


As far as true wild plants, I’ve mainly used dandelion, purslane, plantain, and chickweed, but the amount of edible plants available out in the wild (or just in your backyard for that matter) is fascinating. This covers many basics and it’s is a wonderful book to have if you want to start foraging and get back to your roots. No pun intended! 🙂


My rating on this one is 4-stars.

Find this on Goodreads and Amazon:

  • Hardcover: 191 Pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (January 1966)
  • ISBN-10: 0811706702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811706704

An interesting video on foraging in the city: Many of the plants collected in this video are included in this book above.

*Also, it’s probably best to be sure the plants you collect are edible by verifying with more than one source. *

Other blogs who have participated in Shabby Sunday:

Nicky@ An Introverted Bookworm


Claire@ Brizzle Lass Books

Author Didi Oviatt

Thanks for checking out Shabby Sunday! Have you heard of this book? Feel free to comment or share some of your own shabby finds! ❤

22 thoughts on “Shabby Sunday: Free for the Eating by Bradford Angier – 1966

  1. OMC!!! My grandparents had this book and I adored it growing up. My grandfather took me out, and showed me edible plants that were local, and we even ate some. Like cattails 😆. But seriously, I wanted this after they both passed, but it had been lost. 😭

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    1. Whoa! That is so awesome. You are the first person I’ve heard of having this book! He sure does talk about cattails in this one. I have to admit that I’ve never tried one! I so hope that you can find another copy. I did see it on Amazon for around $3. Hope this helps! Thanks for sharing. ❤

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  3. David R. Dowdy

    Love the taste of dandelion wine! I hear people in North Carolina make wine from the flowers of kudzu. They also harvest leafy green poke sallet in the wild here. As Euell Gibbons used to say, “some parts are edible”. Great book!

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    1. I’ve never had it! I want to try and maybe will this year. It’s interesting to me how parts of the plants are okay and at different times of the year they’re poisonous. So much to learn! Thanks, David. 😀


  4. Vintage books are awesome! Especially cool ones like that! The only wild things I have tried are blackberries and Marionberries. Not very adventurous!

    I don’t own a lot of vintage books, but if I remember next Sunday I will participate! Great meme 😀

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  5. starjustin

    I have to agree with David. I have experienced homemade wine and its so much richer than bottled wine.
    I thought the video was very interesting. The yucca plant was so tall for being where it was at, I mean just growing in the middle of no where. lol. I would never have thought you could use the flowers for food.
    I’ll check the book out when I get home. So interesting. 🙂

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    1. That’s really interesting! Yes, the yucca flowers can be eaten, but I’ve never tried it. Maybe this year because we have so many lol. Good to know that the food is there when we need it though. Thanks! 🙂 ❤

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