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

Explore the delicious Bay Area

Reading this guidebook is like taking a wild foods walk with foraging experts Mia Andler and Kevin Feinstein: it gives practical advice for gathering edible wild plants in the Bay Area in a voice that is friendly and suffused with rich personal knowledge. The authors provide thorough descriptions of where to find each of the region’s most readily available plants, and they give clear instructions for harvesting them responsibly. Large, detailed photographs help readers to identify plants easily. Also included are mouth-watering recipes such as cattail crêpes, cherry laurel cordial, fiddlehead fusilli, and rosehip soup. Ideal for any experience level, The Bay Area Forager invites readers to deepen their relationship with their environment.

Advance Praise

“Mia and Kevin’s work shines as a functional and joyful solution to the seemingly massive scale of the human footprint.”—Rebecca Burgess, author of Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes

About the Authors

Mia Andler is committed to facilitating meaningful connection to nature. She runs an outdoor education organization in the Bay Area where she teaches wilderness skills and food gardening. She has been foraging since she was a little girl and has studied the regenerative practices of earth based cultures around the world. Mia has appeared on television and film. She lives in Fairfax, California.

Kevin Feinstein is a writer, teacher, and researcher of plants, food, sustainability, and natural heath. He currently resides in Walnut Creek, California, and has lived all over the Bay Area. He is the founder of the Foraging Society ( and maintains a website on foraging related topics, (