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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street Publishing (31 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190494373X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904943730
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 23.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book would make a terrific gift
-- Active Life Magazine, November 2007

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Pamela Michael was born and brought up in London, but during the Second World War she worked on a Cornish farm, which inspired her with a lasting love of the country. At the end of the war she married Maurice Michael, the translator and literary agent and after another spell in London, they escaped to Sussex and finally to Cornwall. Painstaking research, tasting and testing went into the development of the recipes for both recipes and potions, many of which came from the old herbals and early cookbooks, which Pamela adapted for the modern cook. Twenty-five years on from the original publication of this book she has revised and rewritten much of the text and added many new recipes to bring it right up to date for the 21st century reader. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By S. Badger on 26 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am really pleased with this book. I am one of Ray Mears 'Woodlore' students and have collected a fairly extensive library on 'Wild Food'. This book is currently the most complete I have found so far. The recipes are arranged alphabetically by plant species and there are so many featured that it would take many years to try them all. Although the paintings of the featured plants are lovely, they are definitely not designed for identification purposes; so if you are buying this book you will also need a good field guide to identify plants with. That said, you really should buy this book!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Allan on 7 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Inspiring and tantalising recipes that are easy to follow and really work: they made me rush out to pick and cook. This book will add a whole new dimension to life from family walks to weeding the garden;there will always be something delicious to use.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Jenkins on 13 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This wonderful book makes you want to go out and forage, even if it is in your local park! The recipes are not only inspiring, but easy to make. From dandelions to nettle soup and elderflower cordial... the perfect mixture for the explorative foodie!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Holmes on 23 Mar. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I renewed this book so many times at the library, I was compelled to invest in my own copy. This is fantastic, with a calendar inside the cover to guide when best to harvest the various plants and full description of how to recognise the plant, what parts can be used and how and what for and a mine of recipes for food, remedies and a few surprises too! Makes me wonder why I still buy any vegetables!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Gordon on 14 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book isn't really for foraging by itself, it requires previous knowledge or a handy companion book, like the collins gem book. However it does have an extensive list of delicious recipes, with fairly easy to follow instructions.

The author also tries to keep her recipes as traditional as possible, following the traditional recipes and perhaps updating them with more practical methods.

The illustrator has also done a fine job of the artwork, however they are meerly illustrative and not really for the use of identifying the plants clearly.

The first recipes from this book that I made was the Hawthorn flower syrup. I had no idea that Hawthorn flowers could be used as a flavour, which is good since the plant is so abundant in the UK. It is a delcious syrup, not too sweet and perfume-like like rose syrup, but a little more savoury. It goes well in cola mixes.

Overall a fantastic recipe book, and essential to anybody who wants to forage, because many books will tell you how to identify edible plants, but then you will then need this book to tell you what to do with them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By marcoscu TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Dec. 2010
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This excellent large format book is well written and lovingly illustrated by hand and a joy to own and read.
It consists of chapters on each principle food plants, a hand drawn illustration, an introduction to the properties and qualities of the plant and then a series of mainly vegetarian recipes both sweet and savoury that can be made from it.

This is not a field guide, it is too large, unwieldy and precious for that. It is a book to be studied before leaving for a country ramble and then consulted again upon returning with whatever foodstuffs you have found.

A great addition to any kitchen.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Miriam on 24 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely new edition of a classic book. The recipes are inspiring and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in exploring the wonderful new possibilities for cooking and eating that wild foods can open up.
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