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Edible Seashore: River Cottage Handbook No.5 [Hardcover]

John Wright
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4 May 2009 River Cottage Handbook (Book 5)
For the forager, the seashore holds surprising culinary potential. In this authoritative, witty book John Wright takes us on a trip to the seaside. But before introducing us to the various species to be harvested, he touches on such practicalities as conservation and the ethics of foraging; safety from tides, rocks and food poisoning; the law and access to the shore, our right to fish, landing sizes and seasons; and equipment such as nets, pots and hooks. Next comes the nitty-gritty: all the main British seashore species that one might be tempted to eat. The conservation status, taste and texture, availability, seasonality, habitat, collecting technique and biology of each species is covered; there are also quite a few gratuitous but fascinating diversions. The species covered include crustacea (brown shrimp, common crab, lobster, prawn, shore crab, spider crab, squat lobster, velvet swimming crab); molluscs (clams, cockle, dog whelk, limpet, mussel, oyster, razor clam, winkle); mushrooms; plants (alexanders, babbington's orache, fennel, frosted orache, marsh samphire, perennial wall rocket, rock samphire, sea beet, sea buckthorn, sea holly, sea kale, sea purslane, sea rocket, spear-leaved orache, wild cabbage, wild thyme); and seaweed (carragheen, dulse, gut weed, laver, pepper dulse, sea lettuce, sugar kelp, kelp). Finally, there are thirty brilliant recipes. Introduced by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Edible Seashore is destined to join the other handbooks in the series as an indispensable household reference.

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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: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,114 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Foraging Guide 8 May 2009
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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 15 May 2009
By La Cook
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and yet even humorous 2 Sep 2009
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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best foraging book I own! 13 May 2009
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!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Informative and down right funny !! 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect book for shore anglers 18 May 2009
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This is a brilliant book if you like the idea of foraging for food on the seashore, and many things that live there appear to be edible. This book will very useful for shore anglers, who will have plenty of time to poke around while they are waiting for a bite. Some recipes are truly simple - Kelp Crisps: cut into squares, deep fry, eat. Others are more complex - shore crab soup is one but well worth it to exact revenge on those bait-robbers. John's writing is also very funny, you will find something to make you grin or laugh out loud on almost every page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really like this book
I really like this book. Very clear and easy to read. We use it to decide what we can safely eat from the sea and what might not be worth the risk owing to the environment it was... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition
Having moved from the North Island to the Isle of Wight a few years ago I decided to buy a couple of books to make my walks along the shore more interesting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by IOWRob
5.0 out of 5 stars Three cheers for River Cottage
When I don't know what to buy my daughter River Cottage is always a good choice. I shall buy more.
Published 6 months ago by mary in the garden
1.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't buy again
More of an overview of whats can be found, Pictures inadequate not really a field guide. I am not sure if here is anything better or if field course would be better.
Published 8 months ago by Andrew Barron
5.0 out of 5 stars It did what it said on the can...........
Met and exceeded expectations.
Hints have already been dropped by friends and family for their birthday "surprises"........ Read more
Published 8 months ago by panok
5.0 out of 5 stars as a present
this was a perfect present to introduce friends to the sea food and sea vegetables super food

great choice fast shipment
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Stefano Gregorin
4.0 out of 5 stars Its amazing what free food is out there.
This book inspired me to go out and find more to scavenge. We already eat crabs and lobsters either caught in a pot or wheedled out of deep rock pools. Read more
Published 10 months ago by zooooo
5.0 out of 5 stars excelent reading
I fall in love with this book. I bought this book after watching tv programm :"River Cottage" . Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sir Makaron
4.0 out of 5 stars a good start
we bought this book because we no longer want to buy sea vegetables imported from Japan after Fukushima nuclear disaster and hoped to source them locally. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Masaradon
5.0 out of 5 stars read it, try it, enjoy it
This book is phenomenal, thanks to the info in its pages I went to Watergate bay in Cornwall and ended up feeding my 5 friends the one evening and all it cost me was a pack of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by michael niven
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