The variety of written works Hopman has produced, could house a bookshelf in itself; reaching into the wise old knowledge bases of many traditions, both Spiritual, and Medicinal.
Being a novice Forager, Herbalist, I tend to slowly get to know the landscape plants, herbs, and weeds, prior to consuming, whether as food, teas, or tinctures.
This can be a daunting task, as one needs a good memory, and a notebook to confer; Alas! This volume of work by Hopman, has given me the perfect companion on my walks, and in my own garden!
It being seasonal in its composition, it is always an easy book to open just where one needs to open it; unlike other field guides where one spends more time flicking pages than actual learning or identifying!
It gives sp. Latin variants of each plant, with basic information on its use, best harvesting times, and consumption tips, along with recipes.
A fair amount of pictures/artwork, descriptions are included, with this not being entirely location based, meaning the plants described in this work, can be mostly found globally.
In true Hopman style, it is down to earth, to the point, raw, fact telling writing.
I will have a blast this year, having already learnt of many plants that are seen on a daily basis, from the Spring section of this book.
An essential guide, with just enough contents to make for a re-usable year after year reference, suitable for novice, expert alike.