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the aromatic wild herbs and spices of the midwest

the aromatic wild herbs and spices of the midwest

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the aromatic wild herbs and spices of the midwest

by Marika Josephson


Published by Midwesterner and printed, designed, and hand-bound by Small Letters Press, The Aromatic Wild Herbs and Spices of the Midwest is a pocket-sized guide to dozens of heartland wild edibles and their uses from Marika Josephson, the co-founder of Scratch Brewing and co-author of The Homebrewer's Almanac.


Did you know that you can make a year-round substitute for maple syrup by boiling maple bark? Or that you can brew a homegrown “chai” from ginger, turmeric, spicebush, and sweet clover? This thoughtful and creative field guide draws on generations of folk knowledge and the decade of active experimentation that’s produced some of the country’s most coveted beers.


Laser jet printed on vellum paper with archival ink; bound by hand. Text and interior illustrations by Marika Josephson. 52 pages.

250 copies made.

Dimensions: 6 in x 4 in

Pre-orders for the second edition will be available starting Monday, December 13th. THE BOOK SHIPS JANUARY 5, 2022.


Fans of Marika and Scratch's innovative use of local ingredients should also see our letterpress broadside for Elderflower Cordial just published.




    Small Letters Press is an independent publisher of literary writing, curated, edited, and assembled by hand by Rachel Linn and Marika Josephson. Our projects are carefully designed to amplify meaning through the formal qualities of the work: illustrations, book layout and construction, or the printing process itself. Each work contains subtle variations and natural imperfections due to the hand-made nature of the process.


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