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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (4 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747595313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747595311
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A perfect, and beautiful, book for beginners or intermediate-level shore-foragers' Guy Dimond, Time Out

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John Wright's passion for the foraging life is unbounded; he can be found from waist-deep in the sea collecting seaweed to ten feet up a tree picking mushrooms. He has become a regular lecturer and guide at River Cottage HQ. His first book, Mushrooms, the first River Cottage Handbook, was described in the Independent as 'the best guide to gathering and eating wild mushrooms there has ever been' and was shortlisted for the Jeremy Round award.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jon Sloper on 8 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
A visit to the seaside will never be the same again after reading this brilliant book. I had always wondered what wild food could be collected down by the sea but had been too worried to try anything - and the things I knew you could eat I didn't know how to catch. This book explains it all in a clear and wickedly amusing way. About forty species are covered, from something called "sea beet", which is easy to find, through to lobster for which you will need to wade out with a pot at low tide. The big revelation for me is the seaweed section - these are the easiest of things to collect and, the book tells me, delicious if you know how to cook them. Which brings me to the recipes - the panacotta is delicious and I'm looking forward to trying all the others.

This book is beautifully produced and written. It is also lol funny and stuffed with really useful information.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By NewlyGreenMum on 19 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
i bought this book as i was looking for some new meaningful activities
to do with my 10 year old daughter(a city kid) on weekends and on school holidays.
we have been very impressed with this book for its information on what types of plants, molluscs and crustaceans and seaweeds we can safely collect from the coast on our frequent beach trips(tricky when you dont have a car, but we manage anyway)
we have found the information on equipment very helpful(we are total beginners) and also the information on legislation and keeping yourself safe.
we have benefited most from the information on how to safely prepare and collect shellfish to avoid bugs and contamination(very important with a young child )
my daughter has discovered she has a taste for Alexanders, Rock Samphire, lobster and shrimp.she has not yet had the courage to try seaweed (i like carragheen) but so far she has done very well for a child who previously ate only fish fingers and fishcakes from the supermarket.
we hope more books are produced for this series, we would like to see books on both sea and fresh water fishing(my daughter is interested in catching squid, mackerel and eels) and also forging as a family activity for berries, nuts etc
we love these book, please keep up the good work river cottage.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By La Cook on 15 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
A small format book which is packed full of knowledge and should be kept in your pocket/car/beach bag for any visit to the beach & seashore! Witty and informative, this book is a MUST for anyone who likes to dabble in rockpools, or potter around sand dunes, seashore and beach with family and friends, and who would like to be able to cook something with the spoils of a days' edible beachcombing.

Open your eyes to the diversity of seashore plants, seaweeds and crustaceans and get out the billy can on the beach BBQ!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pm Kettle on 22 May 2010
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This is the best book I have come across regarding safely identifying edible seashore wild foods, including plants and molluscs etc and how to safely cook them, thus avoiding the risk of any food poisoning or digestive upsets. Great colour photos too.
Importantly, it states the necesary regulations as to where and where not to collect your shore foods.
Phill Kettle.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Whitlam on 25 May 2009
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John Wright has captured everything a book like this should be - informative, well illustrated and full of lines to make you laugh !

I read it cover to cover in a day, and still some of it sticks in my mind. It will be packed for the summer holidays by the beach, and its already raised a laugh or two for my 10 year old !

The River Cottage books never fail to deliver - this has proved a point, and I'm waiting to see what is No.6 in the series.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Stevenson on 2 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this so I could better identify edible seaweeds. It does the job, has a lovely format with a textured hardback cover (bit like a 1960s schoolbook), and it is written in first person with a witty style. So pleased I then went and bought the mushrooms book to match.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Miss_Phish on 13 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
Utterly brilliant. For anyone with an interest in coastline foraging it is a must. I own many seaweed & seashore ID books & many recipe books on the same subject but finally I have all the information I want in one book that will always be with me when I head off to the coast.

I read it cover to cover the same day it arrived, that's how good it is!

J
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Martin Swift on 15 Jun. 2009
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For a few years I have become agreeable to most things that Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has brought out via River Cottage.
The River Cottage Handbooks are a very clever and honest approach to the way we can have a go at copying the way Hugh has done things and more so when you find out that Hugh has selected his various Guru's to have their own work published...and that it is all their way of doing this.
John Wright takes you through the course of finding your food in and around the seashore...hoping to give a go this summer myself.
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