About Wild Cookery!

Wild Cookery! was born of one man’s desire to give back to humanity and to teach anyone who wants to learn how to reduce their dependency on corporations and big industry.

By reclaiming our natural birthright and learning how to identify edible wild plants (and mushrooms), we will be able to not only save a huge amount of money on groceries, but revitalize ourselves by taking in essential nutrients that are missing in many foods that we usually consume.

As a great friend and kindred spirit of mine once said: “Taking care of the land is taking care of you.” I couldn’t agree more.People have often asked me how long I’ve been foraging. Well, I’ve been foraging since before age 5, when my father would take me on his nature walks and hunting and fishing with him.Ā  It actually started earlier than that, but I use age 5 as when I was actively paying attention and learning what he was showing, and took a more ‘serious’ interest in it.

Which means I’ve been foraging for over 30 years now, total. There were some years when I was a teenager when I took a bit of break from actively foraging, (dandelions can’t compete with girls in the mind of a teenage boy, you know…), though I’d still forage spring greens and fruits and berries when they were in season.Ā  Then when I was about 21 I took a renewed interest in picking up where I’d left off, and have been actively foraging ever since, over 15+ years. About four years ago it became a large source of my food and sustenance, and about two years ago it became the source for nearly all of my food other than a few conventional items such as potatoes, rice, oatmeal, flour, and such as starches are much less readily available in nature than greens, fruits, etc. Though now that I’m trudging the slow road of Primal/Paleo, carbs will eventually be phased out of my diet almost entirely.

Questions and comments are welcome. There are no plans for any future ‘Wild Cookery!’ videos at this time.

I can be reached at Wildcookery@yahoo.com
All the best!

~Janos

Updated 06/07/2013

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8 thoughts on “About Wild Cookery!

  1. Hey! I don’t know how you found me, but I’m glad to have found YOU. Your blog is right up my alley. I’ll be back when I have more reading time. When did you start? I can’t tell that by your pages.

    • I found you through these lovely folks! šŸ™‚ http://fromamontanafrontporch.wordpress.com/

      When did I start what? My blog, or foraging? The blog is only a few months old. I’ve been foraging since I was 5 or so, with a bit of a hiatus from when I was a misguided teenager until I hit 21 or so, then I started foraging again a little bit at a time. šŸ™‚

      • I’m gonna have to send Bobbie a fruit basket or something. Your blog is delightful.

        Foraging since 5? I’m impressed! I only started foraging as I didn’t learn all the delicious benefits of eating raw natural greens until a little more than a year ago — and I’m in my 40’s. It’s been a fabulous ride. Our family’s health is markedly improved. Even my kids know what is “edible” in the wild and will pick leaves and eat them.

      • I had a lengthy post here in response to what you wrote, but WordPress had a popup, well… pop up, and obliterated it. Twice. I’ll have to write it down to a word doc and post it later.

      • Send me an email…I have sooooo many questions. LOL

      • Ok, third time’s a charm. I’m also doing it through the console now, so a popup can’t blow my writing away. Lesson learned…

        Thank you very much! šŸ™‚

        Your blog is pretty darn chipper as well, Shannon!

        It’s nice to find interesting folks now and again, and great to see what everyone else is doing to make their families have a better and healthier lifestyle.

        I started foraging probably earlier than that even. Ever since I could walk, my father took me into the woods and showed me what was what, named all the trees and the plants, and said this was good to eat, or this was bad, etc.

        I’d always ‘casually’ foraged, like most of the folks in my neighborhood growing up. Blackberries, wild strawberries and cherries and blueberries, mustang grapes, etc. And of course dandelions. LOVE dandelions.

        It was only after my wife got pregnant that we switched to a natural and wild diet as much as possible.

        We eat between 65% and 85% of our food from nature, depending on the season.

        In the fall we usually get a decent sized harvest of boletus mushrooms. We use them fresh as we get them, and typically have a goodly amount to freeze to use over the winter. Also we pick spring greens in the spring and early summer, and freeze them for use in the winter.

        We got hosed this spring though. You can read about that little fun incident here:

        http://wildrantery.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/phrase-of-the-day-22-bullshit-modern-lawns/

        We also play the ‘Wildcraft’ boardgame with the kids. The youngest doesn’t play per se, she just spins the spinner, but she likes looking at the cards. And at 3, she can positively and accurately identify more wild edibles than 99% of the adults in this nation. So that’s pretty good, methinks. šŸ™‚

        Welcome, and thanks for all the feedback. I love meeting new quality friends!

        All the best!

        ~Janos

  2. What part of the country are you foraging in?

  3. So happy to find you! Looking forward to exploring your site. šŸ™‚

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