I remember this book from my childhood It s gone through several editions since its first publication, the most recent one being in 2003, and now it s on kindle, with photos replacing the coloured drawings It s a reference book rather than a cover to cover read, and specifically written as an introduction for those wanting to forage wild food in the UK But it s also useful to the culinary minded looking for some different ingredients, and providing a number of recipes I also find it pretty interesting as a historian looking into prehistoric hunter gatherers of Britain All in all a useful book. Invaluable A fantastic guide to the edible flowers and plants out there that can be foraged for free With detailed descriptions, recipes and photos it is a great companion It is fascinating to consider how many things you can simply pick up and eat in the wild.I am thinking of buying a second copy of this pocketbook to have in my bag for every time that I go out in the woods, just so I can pick up some of the things mentioned and try them out.A great thing about this book is that it does not only tell which things are edible but also provides full detailed recipes on how to cook them From basic soups to Elizabethan style candy Forager s hors d oeuvreGood beginner s guide for anyone wanting to engage in a spot of foraging on shore and pasture Would have give a 5 review if it had a picture for each item mentioned Neat little reference book to have about when delving into some woodland in the hope of finding wild food, particularly in the UK Great for herbs and berries, a little scant on mushrooms but you d probably turn to mushroom specific guides for that, and a nice addition of seaweeds and shellfish.I d use this as a starting point for identification, growing seasons and some recipe ideas The calendar for growing seasons is incredibly handy as it gives you an overview of when to expect wild food to appear It s a shame this guide doesn t include pictorial summaries, for example the identification of berries or leaves barks of trees, which would have been incredibly useful as a quick method of identification when faced with something completely unknown Also falls a bit short in terms of highlighting possibilities for mis identification, but I guess that onus falls on detailed books. Come on zombie apocalypse I m prepared I have two versions of this book, the modern one I love for it s bright, sharp, colour photographs.The older 1976 version, that I picked up much later, from a rural book fair in the Fenlands, I love because it has old pen and ink drawings, and eight whole pages where these drawings have actually been coloured in More importantly I found it was packed full of words that don t seem to have made it into the 21st century version.And also, I love it because in the front cover it says, To Ann, with love, from Rodney You will need both. This is the book that started me foraging for food Well, actually it was this book and some friends in the UK that worked in tandem, but this book kept me going even when the friends weren t there to guide me This is a great book to keep in the backpack you take on hikes or camping trips, and it s a great book to just paw through while you are bored in a bus station or airport, too. Popular EPub, Food For Free By Richard Mabey This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Food For Free, Essay By Richard Mabey Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You Collins Gem version colour photos, how and when to pick guidance, pleasant old and new recipes for those who d like to sample natures produce unpackaged, unprocessed and generally not meddled with Good stuff
Richard Mabey is one of England s greatest nature writers He is author of some thirty books including Nature Cure which was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Ondaatje and Ackerley Awards.A regular commentator on the radio and in the national press, he is also a Director of the arts and conservation charity Common Ground and Vice President of the Open Spaces Society He lives in Norfolk.
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