James Wong grew up in Malaysia and Singapore. He trained at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and gained an MSc in Ethnobotany from the University of Kent, graduating with distinction. His research has taken him to highland Ecuador, as well as to China and Java. He now lectures at the University of Kent and has also co-designed and built two RHS medal-winning gardens (in 2004 and 2008), which were designed to show that there is more to plants than 'looking pretty'.
"The recipes in Wong's book offer remedies for a wide range of
ailments -from sore throats to hot flashes to head lice...Wong says
humans have been battling with insects for only a few thousand
years. Plants, however, have been at war with insects for millions
of years. 'Over that huge period, there's been time for them to
evolve all sorts of unusual strategies, many of which are natural
chemical weapons - insecticides - that exist in the environment
that can be used in all manner of ways, ' he says. In his recipes,
Wong says he hijacks what plants have evolved for themselves, and
he uses that to treat humans and animals."
-NPR's "All Things Considered"
"A provocative title-which sounds even more provocative when you realize that the author's name rhymes with bong. Bonus! But back off, dude. This is actually a guide to growing home remedies - legitimate remedies - for a variety of legitimate ailments, from athlete's foot to water retention. And Wong is an ethnobotanist wh