Instagram Star’s Cookbook Pulled From Publication Over Potentially Dangerous Recipes

Rodale Books has issued a recall of a cookbook authored by Instagram influencer Johnna Holmgren, who often posts pictures of food on her Instagram account, Fox Meets Bear. Some of the recipes found in the book could make readers sick. Literally.

Rodale is asking people who have bought the book to return it for a full refund:

We are encouraging retailers to return their stock, and we are offering a full refund to consumers who have purchased the book.

Owners can email [email protected] about how to receive their refund, according to the publisher’s statement:

We are all committed to publishing books that offer reliable and comprehensive guidance about their subjects and we regret the inconvenience to our booksellers and readers.

Holmgren has offered no comment on her book’s recall, but has stated previously that the recipes in the cookbook are meant for “adventurous eaters.” 

A disclaimer also appears on her website:

While I strive to be 100% accurate, it is solely up to the reader to ensure proper plant identification. Some wild plants are poisonous or can have serious adverse health effects. I am not a health professional, medical doctor, nor a nutritionist. It is up to the reader to verify nutritional information and health benefits with qualified professionals for all edible plants listed in this web site and any published content.

A disclaimer on the website wasn’t enough to satisfy critics of the new book, who warned that several ingredients found in Holmgren’s recipes, including “raw morel mushrooms, elderberries, and unleached acorns,” could make people sick. The book received several poor reviews on Amazon, referencing its use of uncooked rice.

Holmgren has removed posts related to the book from her Instagram feed, and Foundry Home Goods had “canceled a planned event with Holmgren in her hometown of Minneapolis,” though the shop’s manager, Lillian Egner, has commented that this is due to a scheduling conflict rather than the recalled books.

It seems Holmgren’s recipes were a bit too adventurous for anyone’s good.

H/T – BuzzFeed, Instagram, Amazon