The Walking Herbalist strongly recommends acquiring a print library, because:

  1. You never know when the power may go out.
  2. You cannot count on internet connectivity when you are out in the field.
  3. you cannot always be sure that the electronic information you need is going to be available to you.

Marc and Mindy own a copy of all of the books listed below. With time, we hope to review and highlight the strengths of each tome. If you choose to purchase any of these books, consider clicking on the links we have provided. This action would allow us to receive a small commission on your order with no additional expense to you. Thanks for supporting The Walking Herbalist!

Note: If a review is available, the notation REVIEW AVAILABLE will be made by the listing.




Michael J. Balick. (2014) Rodale’s 21st Century Herbal: A Practical Guide for Healthy Living Using Nature’s Most Powerful Plants. New York, Rodale. REVIEW AVAILABLE!

Lesley Bremness. (2002) Smithsonian Handbooks: Herbs. New York, DK. REVIEW AVAILABLE!

Jade Britton. (2012) The Herbal Healing Bible. New York, Quantum.

Julie Bruton-Seal, Matthew Seal. (2012) Backyard Medicine: Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies. New York, Castle Books.

Stephen Harrod Buhner. (2012) Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria. North Adams MA, Storey Publishing.

Michael Castleman. (2001) The New Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to Nature’s Best Medicines Featuring the Top 100 Time-Tested Herbs. New York, Bantam Books.

Andre Chevallier (1996) The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants: A Practical Reference Guide to More than 550 Key Medicinal Plants and their Uses. New York, DK.

Andre Chevallier. (2007) Visual Reference Guides: Herbal Remedies. New York, Metro Books.

Juliette de Bairacli Levy. (1997) Common Herbs for Natural Health. Woodstock NY, Ash Tree Publishing.

James A. Duke. (1997) The Green Pharmacy: New Discoveries in Herbal Remedies for Common Diseases and Conditions from the World’s Foremost Authority on Healing Herbs. New York, Rodale.

James A. Duke. (2000) The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook: Your Comprehensive Reference to the Best Herbs for Healing. New York, Rodale.

Charles W. Fetrow, Juan R. Avila. (2000) The Complete Guide to Herbal Medicines. New York, Pocket Books.

Frankie Flowers, Bryce Wylde. (2014) Power Plants: Simple Home Remedies You Can Grow. Toronto, Harper-Collins.

David Hoffman. (2013) The Complete Herbs Sourcebook: An A to Z Guide of Herbs to Cure Your Everyday Ailments. China, Sterling Publishing.

Rebecca L. Johnson, Steven Foster, Tieraona Low Dog, David Kiefer, Andrew Weil. (2012) Guide to Medicinal Herbs: The World’s Most Effective Healing Plants. Washington DC, National Geographic.  REVIEW AVAILABLE!

Claire Kowalchik, William H. Hylton, eds. (1998) Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs. Emmaus PA, Rodale.

Richard Mabey, et al. (1988)  The New Age Herbalist: How to Use Herbs for Healing, Nutrition, Body Care, and Relaxation. New York, Simon and Schuster.



Terry Breverton. Breverton’s Complete Herbal: A Book of Remarkable Plants and Their Uses. Guilford CT, Lyons Press. REVIEW AVAILABLE!

Nicholas Culpeper (1653). Complete Herbal & English Physician. [Bedford MA, Applewood Books.]

Dioscorides. Greek Herbal. [Edited by Robert T. Gunther (1968), New York, Hafner Publishing Company.]

John Gerard (1633). The Herbal, or General History of Plants. [Revised and Enlarged by Thomas Johnson (2015), Mineola NY, Calla Editions.]

Maud Grieve. (2015) A Modern Herbal: The Medicinal, Culinary, Cosmetic and Economic Properties, Cultivation and Folk Lore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi, Shrubs, and Trees with Their Modern Scientific Uses. Volume One. New York, Dover Publications Inc. REVIEW AVAILABLE!

Maud Grieve. (2014) A Modern Herbal: The Medicinal, Culinary, Cosmetic and Economic Properties, Cultivation and Folk Lore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi, Shrubs, and Trees with Their Modern Scientific Uses. Volume Two. New York, Dover Publications Inc. REVIEW AVAILABLE!

Harvey Wickes Felter and John Uri Lloyd. (1898) King’s American Dispensatory, 18th Ed., 3rd Revision. [Reprinted by Eclectic Medical Publications, Sandy OR, 1993.]

John Parkinson. Theatrum Botanicum. (Reprint by General Books, LLC. Memphis TN, 2012).

Pliny the Elder. (AD 77). Natural History. [Reprinted in 5 volumes by The Folio Society, London]

Matthew Seal, Julie Bruton-Seal. (2014) The Herbalist’s Bible: John Parkinson’s Lost Classic Rediscovered. New York, Skyhorse.



Margi Flint (2013) The Practicing Herbalist: Meeting with Clients, Reading the Body (3rd Edition). Marblehead, MA. Earthsong Press.

Rosemary Gladstar (1993) Herbal Healing for Women: Simple Home Recipes for Women of All Ages. New York, Simon & Schuster Inc.

Rosemary Gladstar (2008) Herbal Recipe’s for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family. North Adams MA, Storey Publishing.

Guido Mase (2013) The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter, and Tonic Plants. Rochester VT, Healing Arts Press.

Susun Weed (1989). Wise Woman Herbal: Healing Wise. Woodstock NY, Ash Tree Publishing.

Susun Weed (1996). Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way. Woodstock NY, Ash Tree Publishing.

Susun Weed (2002). New Menopausal Years – The Wise Women Way: Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90. Woodstock NY, Ash Tree Publishing.

Matthew Wood. (1987) Seven Herbs: Plants as Teachers. Berkeley, CA, North Atlantic Books. REVIEW AVAILABLE!

Matthew Wood (1997) The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants As Medicine. Berkeley, CA. North Atlantic Books.

Matthew Wood (2004) The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism: Basic Doctrine, Energetics, and Classification. Berkeley, CA. North Atlantic Books.

Matthew Wood (2005) Vitalism: The History of Herbalism, Homeopathy, and Flower Essences. Berkeley, CA. North Atlantic Books.

Matthew Wood (2008) The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants. Berkeley, CA. North Atlantic Books.



(2012) Dangerous Animals and Plants. Waterford Press.

Peter Alden, Brian Cassie. (1998) National Audubon Society: Field Guide to New England. New York, Alfred A. Knopf.

Bradford Angier. (2008) Field Guide to Medicinal Wild Plants. Mechanicburg PA, Stackpole Books.

David M. Brandenburg (2010). National Wildlife Federation: Field Guide to Wildflowers of North America. New York, Sterling Publishing.

Steven Clements, Carol Gracie (2006). Wildflowers in the Field and Forest: A Field Guide to the Northeastern United States. New York, Oxford University Press. REVIEW AVAILABLE!

Richard Dickinson, France Royer (2014). Weeds of North America. Chicago, The University of Chicago Press.

Dudley Edmondson. (2013) What’s That Flower? A Beginner’s Guide to Wildflowers. London, DK.

Thomas J. Elpel. (2013) Botany in A Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification. Pony MT, Hops Press LLC, REVIEW AVAILABLE!

Steven Foster, James A. Duke (2000) Peterson Field Guides: Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants and Herbs. Boston, Houghton Mifflin. REVIEW AVAILABLE!

Catherine Herbert Howell. (2014) National Geographic Pocket Guide: Wildflowers of North America. Washington DC, National Geographic.

Barrie E. Kavasch. (1994) Guide to Northeastern Wild Edibles. Blaine WA, Hancock House.

Lawrence Newcomb (1977). Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide: The Classic Field Guide for the Quick Identification of Wildflowers, Flowering Shrubs, and Vines. New York, Little Brown and Company. REVIEW AVAILABLE!

William A. Niering, Nancy C. Olmstead (2001). Field Guide to Wildflowers (Eastern Region). New York, Alfred A. Knopf.

Roger Tory Peterson, Margaret McKenny. (1996) Peterson FIeld Guides: Wildflowers: Northeastern / North-central North America. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company.

Paul Somers, et al. A Guide to Invasive Plants in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Clinton MA, Atlantic Graphics Services.

John W. Thieret, et al. (2001) National Audubon Society Field Guide to WildFlowers (Eastern Region). New York, Alfred A. Knopf. REVIEW AVAILABLE!

Richard H. Uva, Joseph C. Neal, Joseph M. DiTomaso (1997). Weeds of the Northeast. Ithaca NY, Cornell University Press.

May Theilgaard Watts (1955). Flower Finder: a Guide to Identification of Spring Wild Flowers and Flower Families. Birmingham AL, Nature Study Guide Publishers.



Department of the Army (2009) The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants.  New York, Skyhorse.

“Wildman” Steve Brill and Evelyn Dean (1994). Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places. New York, Harper. REVIEW AVAILABLE!

Cohen R. (2004) Wild Plant I Have Known…and Eaten. Essex MA, Essex County Greenbelt Association Inc. REVIEW AVAILABLE!

Couplan F. (1998) The Encyclopedia of Edible Plants of North America: Nature’s Green Feast. New Canaan CT, Keats Publishing Inc.

Elias TS. Dykeman PA. (2009) Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods. New York, Sterling Publishing.

John Kallas, PhD. Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate. Layton UT, Gibbs Smith. REVIEW AVAILABLE!

Lincoff G. (2012) The Joy of Foraging: Gary Lincoff’s Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying a World of Wild Food. Beverly MA, Quarry Books.

Meredith L. (2014) Northeast Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Beach Plums to Wineberries. Portland OR, Timber Press.

Meuninck J. (2007) Basic Essentials: Edible Wild Plants and Useful Herbs, 3rd Ed. Guilford CT, Falcon Guide.

Musselman LJ, Wiggins HJ. (2013) The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants: Easy to Pick, Easy to Prepare.  Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Shufer V. (2011) The Everything Guide to Foraging: Identifying, Harvesting, and Cooking Nature’s Wild Fruits and Vegetables. Avon MA, Adams Media.

Samuel Thayer (2010) Nature’s Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants. Birchwood WI, Forager’s Harvest. REVIEW AVAILABLE!

Thayer S. (2012) The Forager’s Harvest: A guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants. Birchwood WI, Forager’s Harvest.

Zachos Ellen. (2013) Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat. North Adams MA, Storey Publishing.



Druse K. (2012) Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation. New York, Abrams Books. REVIEW AVAILABLE!



Sanders J. (2014) The Secrets of Wildflowers: A Delightful Feast of Little-Known Facts, Folklore, and History. Guilford CT, Lyons Press.

Stewart A. (2009) Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities. Chapel Hill, Algonquin Books.



Hanson BA. (2005) Understanding Medicinal Plants: Their Chemistry and Therapeutic Action. Binghamton NY, The Haworth Herbal Press.

Andrew Pengelly (2004) The Constituents of Medicinal Plants: An Introduction to the Chemistry and Therapeutics of Herbal Medicine, 2nd Ed. Boston, CABI Publishing. REVIEW AVAILABLE!



George Barron (2014). Mushrooms of Northeast North America: Midwest to New England. Edmonton, AB, Canada, Partners Publishing. REVIEW AVAILABLE!

Thomas Lessoe (2013). Mushrooms: How to Identify and Gather Wild Mushrooms and Other Fungi. New York, Dorling Kindersley Ltd.

Gary Lincoff (1981). National Audobon Society: Field Guide to Mushrooms.  New York, Alfred A. Knopf.

Giovanni Pacioni (1981). Simon & Schuster’s Guide to Mushrooms. New York, Simon & Schuster Inc.

John Plischke III (2011).  Good Mushroom Bad Mushroom: Who’s Who, Where to Find Them, and How to Enjoy Them Safely (All You Need to Know About the Wild Mushrooms of North America). Pittsburg PA, St. Lynn’s Press.

David L Spahr (2009). Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada: A Photographic Guidebook to Finding and Using Key Species. Berkeley CA, North Atlantic Books.



James C. Halfpenny, Jim Bruchac (2001). Scats and Tracks of the Northeast: A Field Guide to the Signs of Seventy Wildlife Species. Guilford CT, Falcon Guides.

Kenn Kaufman, Kimberly Kaufman (2012). Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England: The Easiest Guides for Fast Identification. New York, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.



Bruch Kershner, et al (2008). National Wildlife Federation: Field Guide to Trees of North America.  New York, Sterling Publishing Company.

Elbert L. Little (1980). National Audubon Society: Field Guide to Trees (Eastern Region). New York, Alfred A. Knopf.

Elbert L. Little. (1980) National Audobon Society: Field Guide to Trees (Western Region). New York, Audobon.

Gil Nelson, Christopher J. Earle, Richard Spellenberg (2014). Trees of Eastern North America. Princeton, Princeton University Press.

George A. Petrides, Janet Wehr (1988). Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Trees. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company.

Michael D. Williams (2007).  Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide to Eastern North America. Mechanicsburg PA, Stackpole Books.



(2012) Sunset Edible Garden Cookbook: Fresh, Healthy Cooking from the Garden. New York, Oxmoor House.



Anne C. Hallowell, Barbara G. Hallowell (1981). Fern Finder: a Guide to Native Ferns of Central and Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada, 2nd Ed. Birmingham AL, Nature Study Guild Publishers.


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