The Pinon Pine:
A Natural and Cultural History
by Ronald M. Lanner
paperback, 208 pages
A beautifully written survey of the natural history of pinon pines. Including a section on pine-nut cookery, this book provides an almost perfect description of the place where plants and people meet.
Pinenuts were of great importance to indigenous peoples. All pine trees produce edible nuts; the ones described in this book are the species that provide the largest and tastiest seeds - the invaluable and fascinating pinon pines.