The Bay Area Forager
Your Guide to Edible wild Plants of the San Francisco Bay Area

Mia Andler and Kevin Feinstein

Reading this guidebook is like taking a wild foods walk with foraging experts Andler and Feinstein: it gives practical advice for gathering edible wild plants in the Bay Area (and most of coastal Northern California) in a voice that is friendly and suffused with their rich personal knowledge. You will find thorough descriptions of where to find each of the region's most readily available plants along with clear instructions for harvesting them responsibly.

Large, detailed photographs help readers to identify plants easily. Also included are mouth-watering recipes such as cattail crepes, cherry laurel cordial, fiddlehead fusilli, and rosehip soup. Ideal for any experience level The Bay Area Forager invites readers to deepen their relationship with the environment.

Now in its third printing, this book has been tested and proven to be clear, accurate, and informative. It starts with climate and hazardous plants foragers should be aware of. Then it will broaden your interest in food diversity, health, resource management, and fun outdoors.

December 2014, 5.5" x 8'5", full-color cover, 336 pages, 85+ full-color photographs, bibliography, index. Published by The Foraging Society Press.
ISBN 978-0-61549-612-2. Trade paper



Meet the plants:


California bay laurel

black nightshade

blackberry (native and non-)

brodiaea & blue dicks

California buckeye


cherry laurel


cleavers (aka bedstraw)




Douglas fir

western elderberry

wild fennel




western huckleberry

lemon balm



common mallow


miner's lettuce

California mugwort


stinging nettle

oxalis/redwood sorrel



prickly pear cactus



soap root

strawberry madrone




black walnut

wild artichoke/cardoon

wild chamomile

wild mustard

wild oats

wild onion lily

wild plum

wild radish

wild rose

wild violet

yerba buena


Books and Maps on Related Topics:

San Francisco: Intellect and Passion by Ken Auster

Trails of Mt. Tamalpais, Muir Woods and Marin Headlands by Ben Pease

Wildflowers of the San Francisco Bay Area by Text & Photos by Steven Hartman

Sonoma-Marin Coast Map, Coastal California Series by Bluewater Maps

Bay Area Trail Map: Carquinez Strait and Berkeley Hills by Redwood Hikes Press

Bay Area Trail Map: Big Basin and Castle Rock, 3rd Edition by Redwood Hikes Press

Bay Area Trail Map: Mount Diablo by Redwood Hikes Press

Soleful Hiking by Paula Phillips Marks

The Hiker’s hip pocket Guide to the Humboldt/Del Norte Coast, 3rd Ed. by Bob Lorentzen

Notebooks From the Emerald Triangle by A Novel by Bill Bradd

Monterey Bay Map by Bluewater Maps

The Hiker's hip pocket Guide to Sonoma County, 3rd edition by Bob Lorentzen

Field Guide to Manzanitas: California, North America, and Mexico by Michael Kauffmann, Tom Parker and Michael Vasey; Photographs by Jeff Bisbee

The Wild Mushroom Cookbook; Recipes from Mendocino For Cooks Everywhere by Alison Gardner and Merry Winslow

Mendocino Coast Recreation Map by GeoGraphics Maps & Photos

Conifers of the Pacific Slope by Michael Kauffmann

Articulate Earth; Adventures in Ecocriticism by David Rains Wallace

Walking in Beauty; Growing Up with the Yurok Indians by Harry K. Roberts

The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast by Kirk Lombard; Illustrations by Leighton Kelly

hikingBack to home page