‘Thirty years after its initial publication, the forager's bible continues to inspire and enthral.’
‘Still a classic’
The Financial Times
‘Armed with this guide, this month you could be sampling the simple pleasures of eating a fleshy Hottentot fig straight from a Devon clifftop, making elderflower fritters gathered from the hedgerows, or frying fairy-ring champignons picked off your lawn. With its charming painted illustrations, it is a book to savour in itself.’
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From the Back Cover
COLLINS NATURAL HISTORY
First published 20 years ago, 'Food For Free' dramatically changed the attitude of the British public to the riches of the countryside. No longer were wild berries, seafood and fungi regarded with suspicion, but with gourmet enthusiasm. For the highways, byways and waterways of this country offer an abundance of food that is both delicious and free – and this book is the wild food foragers' bible. Since its first appearance, it has expanded to include many readers' traditional family recipes for hedgerow jams, wild raspberry vinegar and fruit liqueurs. And every single species covered – over 240 of them – is now illustrated in colour and has its own field identification notes, along with advice on where to find what, guidance on picking and preparation, culinary and nutritional tips.
"An exceptionally pretty book which tells us how to live off the land."
"Richard Mabey turns the prospect of a country ramble into a gastronomic outing. It is a well-researched, enthusiastic book that's a pleasure to own"
LANCASHIRE EVENING TELEGRAPH