If he ain’t growing it or foraging for it – he’s reading about it.  Mangy’s got a bona fide addiction to books.  Here are just some of the titles he recommends from his personal library.  Be forewarned that if you click through to Amazon and purchase something, Mangy’s gonna take his cut and buy more books, plants, seeds, and whatever else he needs to make the world a tastier place to be.  He might even tell you where he planted it.  Happy Reading.

Field Guides to Plants
A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America (Peterson Field Guides) -A great generalist reference for what plants are edible. Black and white drawing illustrations. Lacks detail beyond ID.
A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides)– A great standard for plant ID. Color photographs. Lacks detail beyond ID.
A Field Guide to Eastern Trees: Eastern United States and Canada, Including the Midwest (Peterson Field Guides)
Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees: Eastern Region
Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification– A pretty in-depth but easy to read course-in-a-book on botany, taxonomy, and understanding plant families.
Nature’s Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants– Exceptional, detailed, & thorough first-hand experience about harvesting and processing wild plants as food. Not really meant for in-the-field ID.
The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants-Same as Nature’s Garden, but different plants.
Reader’s Digest North American Wildlife– Exceptional field guide to animals, fish & water life, insects, trees, plants, moss, lichen, and fungi. Phew! Beautiful, detailed full-color hand-painted illustrations.
Tom Brown’s Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants (Field Guide)– A collection of first-hand stories detailing Tom Brown Jr.’s (mostly childhood) experiences with a number of wild plants.

Field Guides to Mushrooms
Mushrooms Demystified -The most highly recommended mushroom guide by both Mangy and Michael Weese
A Field Guide to Mushrooms: North America (Peterson Field Guides)
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms (National Audubon Society Field Guides)
By Gary H. Lincoff Simon & Schuster’s Guide to Mushrooms (Nature Guide Series) [Paperback]

Culinary & Recipes
Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast-Daring, detailed, thoughtful, & innovative recipes for processing and turning wild plants, fish, and game into high culinary dishes. From a man who walks the walk.
Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook By Dina Falconi and Illustrated by Wendy Hollender– Full page hand-painted illustrations of wild plants, and exciting, compelling recipes.
The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from around the World– This thing is big. Our go-to for all things fermenting.
The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants-Same as Nature’s Garden, but different plants.
Nature’s Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants-Exceptional, detailed, & thorough first-hand experience about harvesting and processing wild plants as food. Less culinary than Hank Shaw, with slightly more of a primitive living bent. Not really meant for in-the-field ID.
The Ultimate Dandelion Cookbook: 148 recipes for dandelion leaves, flowers, buds, stems, & roots-A book to really show you how to make a single plant usable & dynamic as food all year long.

Land Management
Edible Forest Gardens (2 volume set)
By Bill Mollison – Introduction To Permaculture (2nd Revised edition) (5.2.2002)
By Bill Mollison – Permaculture: A Designers Manual (Reprint) (12.1.1997)
Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening
Integrated Forest Gardening: The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems
The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming (New York Review Books Classics)
Growing Fruit Trees: Novel Concepts and Practices for Successful Care and Management

Bushcraft & Primitive Skills
Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival
Deerskins into Buckskins: How to Tan with Brains, Soap or Eggs; 2nd Edition
Boy Scouts Handbook (The First Edition), 1911

Herbal Medicine 
Tom Brown’s Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants (Field Guide)-A collection of first-hand stories detailing Tom Brown Jr.’s (mostly childhood) experiences with a number of wild plants.
The Herbal Handbook: A User’s Guide to Medical Herbalism– A great go-to for understanding herbal actions & indications, with herb and dosage recommendations (Western Herbalism).
The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual
The Green Pharmacy: The Ultimate Compendium Of Natural Remedies From The World’s Foremost Authority On Healing Herbs
Common Herbs for Natural Health (Herbals of Our Foremothers)

Nature & Spirituality
Awakening Spirits (Religion and Spirituality)
Walden and Other Writings (Modern Library of the World’s Best Books)
The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature
Both Victoria and Mangy have a deep respect for the work of Tom Brown, Jr. and are inspired by his work:

“But as parents, we must teach our children the deeper things in life: how to find peace, love, joy, and purpose within themselves. We must lead them back to the earth, back to pure awareness, to adventure, and to the awesome rapture of living. We must cultivate their sense of oneness with creation, an experience of themselves as not separate from nature and the cosmos, but an integral part of the whole. And we must inspire our children to think and live through their hearts, to be guided by the deeper yearnings of life.” Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children

Other Influences
Henry David Thoreau: Walden
Mors Kochanski: Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival
Douglas Tallamy: Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded
Joel Salatin: Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front
Michael Phillips: The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way
Stefan Sobkwiak: The Permaculture Orchard : Beyond Organic (DVD – English)
Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching
Stephen Buhner: The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature
Juliette de Bairacli Levy: Common Herbs for Natural Health (Herbals of Our Foremothers)