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Books on Food, Cooking, and Plant Use by Native Americans


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Corn Dance, Taos Pueblo, 1934
Norman S. Chamberlain (1887-1961)
oil on canvas
127.5 x 102.1 cm (50 1/4 x 40 1/4 in.)
Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor
Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Smithsonian

Recommended books on food, cooking, and plant use:

Barreiro, Jose, editor, Indian Corn of the Americas: Gift to the World, Spring/ Summer 1989 edition of Northeast Indian Quarterly, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Buchanan, Carol, Brother Crow, Sister Corn: Traditional American Indian Gardening, 1997, Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA.

Caduto, Michael J., Native American Gardening: Stories, Projects, & Recipes for Families, 1996, Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, CO. Illustrations by Mary Adair, Adelaide Murphy Tyrol, & Carol Wood.

Cox, Beverly, & Martin Jacobs, Spirit of the Harvest: North American Indian Cooking, 1991, and Spirit of the Earth: Native Cooking from Latin America, both published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York.

Cushing, Frank Hamilton, Selected Writings of Frank Hamilton Cushing, 1979, University of Nebraska Press: Lincoln. Edited by Jesse Green. Includes excerpts from Zuni Breadstuff (Cushing's account of Zuni farming and use of corn), first published 1920.

Densmore, Frances, How Indians Use Wild Plants for Food, Medicine, & Crafts, 1974, Dover Publications, New York. Reprint; original title was Uses of Plants by the Chippewa Indians.

Doolittle, William Emery, Cultivated Landscapes of Native North America, 2000, Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York.

Driver, Harold Edson, & Eilhelmine Driver, Indian Farmers of North America, 1967, Rand McNally, Chicago.

Eames-Sheavly, Marcia, The Three Sisters: Exploring an Iroquois Garden, 1993, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Intended for use by 4-H programs.

Erichsen-Brown, Charlotte, Medicinal & Other Uses of North American Plants: A Historical Survey with Special Reference to the Eastern Indian Tribes, 1989, Dover Publications, New York. First published in 1979 under the title, Uses of Plants for the Past 500 Years.

Frank, Lois Ellen, with Cynthia J. Frank, Native American Cooking, 1991. The 1995 edition is published by Wings Books, New York, and distributed by Random House Value Publishing, Avenel, NJ.

Ford, Richard I., editor, An Ethnobiology Source Book: The Uses of Plants & Animals by American Indians, 1986, Garland, New York.

Ford, Richard I., editor, Prehistoric Food Production in North America, 1985, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Gilmore, Melvin R., Uses of Plants by the Indians of the Missouri River Region, enlarged edition,1977, 1991, University of Nebraska Press: Lincoln. First published in 1919, in the Thirty-Third Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology.

Gerlach, Nancy & Jeffrey, Foods of the Maya: A Taste of the Yucatan, 1994, The Crossing Press, Freedom, California.

Heiser, Charles B., Jr., Of Plants & People, 1985, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.

Hunt, David, editor, Native American Wild Game, Fish, & Wild Foods Cook-book, 1992, Fox Chapel, Lancaster, PA.

Hughes, Phyllis, Pueblo Indian Cookbook, 1972, 1977, Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe.

Hunt, David, editor, Native Indian Wild Game, Fish & Wild Foods Cookbook, 1992, Fox Chapel, Lancaster, PA.

Kavasch, Barrie, Native Harvests: Recipes & Botanicals of the American Indian, 1977, Vintage Books (division of Random House), New York.

Kavena, Juanita Tiger, Hopi Cookery, 1980, University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Keegan, Marcia, Southwest Indian Cooking, 1987, Clear Light Publishers, Santa Fe.

Kimball, Yeffe, & Jean Anderson, The Art of American Indian Cooking, 1965, Lyons & Burford, Publishers, New York.

Mills, Earl, Sr., Chief Flying Eagle (Mash-pee Wampanoag), & Betty Breen, Cape Cod Wampanoag Cookbook: Wampanoag Indian Recipes, Images & Lore, 2001, Clear Light Publishers, Santa Fe.

Moerman, Daniel E., Native American Ethnobotany, 1998, Timber Press, Port-land, OR.

Nabhan, Gary Paul, Enduring Seeds: Native American Agriculture & Wild Plant Conservation, 1989, North Point Press, San Francisco.

Nabhan, Gary Paul, Gathering the Desert, 1990, University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Niethammer, Carolyn, American Indian Food & Lore, 1974, Collier Books (a division of Macmillan Publishing), New York. Southwestern Indian recipes and plant use.

Quintana, Patricia, The Taste of Mexico, 1986, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York. Photography by Ignacio Urquiaz, text by William A. Orme, Jr.

Scully, Virginia, A Treasury of American Indian Herbs: Their Lore & Their Use for Food, Drugs, & Medicine, 1970, Crown Publishers, New York.

Stevenson, Matilda Coxe, The Zuni Indians & Their Uses of Plants, 1993, Dover Publications, New York. First published in 1915 as Ethnobotany of the Zui Indians, in 30th Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology.

Stewart, Omar Call, Forgotten Fires: Native Americans & the Transient Wilderness, 2002, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.

Ventocilla, Jorge, Heraclio Herrera, & Valerio Nez, Plants & Animals in the Life of the Kuna, 1995, University of Texas Press, Austin. Edited by Hans Roeder; translated by Elizabeth King.

Weiner, Michael A., Earth Medicine, Earth Food, 1972, Ballentine Books (Fawcett Columbine division), New York.

Wilson, Gilbert L., Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden: Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians, 1987, Minnesota Historical Society Press, St. Paul. First published in 1917.

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