A Forager

  1. Euell Theophilus Gibbons, who has written four hooks on the gathering and preparation of wild food, once reached through the fence that surrounds the White House and harvested four edible weeds from the President’s garden. Gibbons has found light but satisfying snacks in concrete flower tubs in the mall at Rockefeller Center, and he once bagged fifteen wild foods in a vacant lot in Chicago. Foraging in Central Park, he collected materials for a three- course dinner, which he prepared and ate in a friend’s apartment on East Eighty-second Street. Gibbons seldom goes out of his way to perform these urban wonders, however. His milieu is open country. He lives and writes in farmhouse near Troxelville, Pennsylvania, in the center of the state, where thousands of acres of forest rise behind his land and wide valley of farms slopes away from his front door. He is a Quaker. He has been, among other things, a schoolteacher. All his life he has been a foreigner as well, becoming, in pursuit of thi...

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