Jess Starwood is a forager, plant-based chef, teacher, and herbalist with a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine (American College of Healthcare Sciences). She is the founder and owner of SunRaven Apothecary in Thousand Oaks, CA and teaches wild food and herbalism classes. She forages local wild foods and herbs for several Michelin starred restaurants in Los Angeles.

In December 2019, Jess was recognized as one of the most creative chefs in Ventura County by Edible Magazine.

She is the author and photographer of the upcoming Mushroom Wanderland: A Forager’s Guide to Finding, Identifying, and Using More Than 25 Wild Fungi. Available from W.W. Norton & Countryman Press, August 2021.

“Foraging for mushrooms is a meditative and rewarding escape. Even if readers aren’t ready to head out into the woods, this enchanting visual guide is a welcome introduction to 25 easily identifiable species, organized by location and use. Author Jess Starwood has led hundreds of foraging trips, sharing her knowledge of nature with students. This, her first book, is a celebration of fungi—perfect for both beginner and longtime mushroom admirers.”

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/jess.starwood

Website: http://www.jstarwood.com

What People Say

Jess is one of the most inspiring people I have met. She truly knows nature and has an intimate connection with it that shows in her classes.


A wealth of knowledge. I look forward to attending more events she offers!


Her food is exquisite and creative. The use of healthy, nutritious wild plants is incredible. We learn so much every time we attend her classes.

C.B. & R.E.

Let’s make the journey
back to the wild together.

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