Book Review for Eating Wildly


My friend Kathy Radigan asked if I’d read her friend Ava Chin’s new book and if I liked it would I be willing to do a book review. Just so you know, I rarely have any free time to read a book since I’m always working on Skinny Kitchen. I’m either creating new recipes, writing them up so I can share them with all of you or sharing my recipes on social media. So needless to say this book had been sitting on my desk for months!  And I hate agreeing to do something and not follow through. So…I finally got a chance to read her book and I’m so glad I did!

Eating Wilding is such an amazing read. In this touching and informative memoir about foraging for food in New York City. Ava Chin finds nourishment in the unlikeliest of places by foraging for edible weeds in the city. Even in winter. If you’re not familiar, forging is all about eating better, healthier, and more sustainably, no matter where you live. Ava provides wonderful insight into eating off the land. And she does a great job of incorporating recipes within the chapters of her book.

In addition, Ava shares so much more. She is so open and revealing about her untraditional childhood, which includes her father’s abandonment of the family and a mother who often ignored her. As a child of New York City, she explored the city’s parks and developed an interest in the edible plants and flowers she found. Her book is about forgiveness and letting go of the past while foraging for wild edibles such as mushrooms, herbs and berries.

Eating Wildly is a beautiful book!  It is so written well, informative and most important, inspiring.

It’s not just me saying this is a wonderful book, the critics are raving too-The New York Times Book Review, MORE magazine, Publisher’s Weekly and The Village Voice, to name a few. The Huffington Post just published their gift guide for the book lover and Eating Wildly is among the selections.

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Ava Chin

A native New Yorker, Ava Chin is the author of “Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal,” which made Library Journal’s “Best Books of 2014” list (Memoir) and was a Goodreads Choice Award 2014 Semifinalist (Food). Her work has appeared in the New York Times (as the “Urban Forager”), the LA Times Magazine, the Village Voice, Saveur, and Time Out New York, among others. An associate professor of creative nonfiction & journalism at CUNY, she lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.

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