The Society for Economic Botany

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Books Needing Reviewers


Books Needing Review   |   Instructions for Reviewer   |   Submitting a Book for Review

If you see a book you would like to review, make your request to Book Review Editor.

REVIEW POLICY: Because of problems with a few reviewers, there is a strict review policy. Those asking to review these books are thereby agreeing to this policy. Reviewers who do not return reviews to me according to schedule will be given three options:

  1. provide a review,
  2. pay the going rate for the book so we can replace it, or
  3. send the book back to the book review editor ASAP.

Reviewers needed for:


Anglo-Saxon Crops and Weeds: A Case Study in Quantitative Archaeobotany. McKerracher, Mark. 2019. Archaeopress, Summertown, U.K. viii + 204 pp. (paperback). GBP 35.00, USD 56.00 [eBook, open access]. ISBN 978-1-78969-192-4.

Cultivating Knowledge. Biotechnology, Sustainability, and the Human Cost of Cotton Capitalism in India. Flachs, Andrew. 2019. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ. xii + 226 pp. (hardcover). USD 90.00. ISBN 978-0-8165-3963-5.

Early Farming in Dalmatia. Pokrovnik and Danilo Bitinj: Two Neolithic Villages in Southeast Europe. Moore, Andrew, Marko Menđušić, Lawrence Brown, Sue Colledge, Robert Giegengack, Thomas Higham, Vladimir Hršak, Anthony Legge, Drago Marguš, Sarah McClure, Carol Palmer, Emil Podrug, Kelly Reed, Jennifer Smith, and Joško Zaninović. 2019. Archaeopress Publishing Ltd., Summertown, U.K. x + 104 pp. (paperback). GBP 26.00, USD 42.00 [eBook, open access]. ISBN 978-1-78969-158-0.

Economic Zooarchaeology. Studies in Hunting, Herding and Early Agriculture. Rowley-Conwy, Peter, Dale Serjeantson, and Paul Halstead, eds. 2017 [reprinted 2019]. Oxbow Books, Oxford, U.K., and Havertown, PA. xvi + 298 pp. (paperback). GBP 30.00. ISBN 978-1-78925-340-5.

Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest, 3rd ed. Kruckeberg, Arthur R., and Linda Chalker-Scott. 2019. University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA. xiv + 374 pp. (paperback). USD 39.95. ISBN 978-0-295-74415-5.

Living Off the Land. Agriculture in Wales c. 400–1600 AD. Comeau, Rhiannon, and Andy Seaman, eds. 2019. Windgather Press, Oxford, U.K., and Havertown, PA. xii + 252 pp. (paperback). GBP 34.99, USD 49.99. ISBN 978-1-91118-839-1.

Plants Go to War. A Botanical History of World War II. Sumner, Judith. McFarland, Jefferson, NC. vi + 360 pp. (paperback). USD 49.95. ISBN 978-1-4766-7612-8.

The African Roots of Marijuana. Duvall, Chris S. 2019. Duke University Press, Durham, NC. 360 pp. (paperback). USD 27.95. ISBN 978-1-4780-0394-6.

Traditional and Indigenous Knowledge for the Modern Era. A Natural and Applied Science Perspective. Katerere, David R., Wendy Applequist, Oluwaseyi M. Aboyade, and Chamunorwa Togo, eds. 2020 [2019]. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. xvi + 339 pp. (hardcover). USD 99.95. ISBN 978-1-138-03429-7.

Transforming Rural Water Governance. The Road from Resource Management to Political Activism in Nicaragua. Romano, Sarah T. 2019. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ.xvi + 197 pp. (hardcover). USD 60.00. ISBN 978-0-8165-3807-2.

Unraveling the Voynich Codex. Janick, Jules, and Arthur O. Tucker. 2019. Springer, Cham, Switzerland. xvi + 412 pp. (eBook). EUR 32.12. ISBN 978-3-319-77294-3.
[Note: This book requires a reviewer with expertise in some relevant field, preferably Aztec or Mesoamerican botany, ethnobotany or language.]

Wild Edible Underutilized Plants. Nutritional, Antinutritional, and Nutraceutical Aspects. Mohan, V. R., P. S. Tresina, and A. Doss. 2020 [2019]. Apple Academic Press, Oakville, Canada, and Palm Bay, FL. xvi + 203 pp. (hardcover). USD 159.95. ISBN 978-1-77188-771-7.

Updated as of October 15, 2019