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Food for Free

Food for Free [Kindle Edition]

Richard Mabey
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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‘Food for Free is a life-enhancing classic. That it is erudite and charming as well as practical and accurate is a testament to Richard Mabey’s great gift as a biographer of our natural heritage. It remains the best possible antidote to the over-processed and the pre-packaged.’
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

‘The forager's bible continues to inspire and enthral.’
Scottish Field

‘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.’
Devon Life

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The classic foraging guide to over 200 types of food that can be gathered and picked in the wild, Food for Free returns in its 40th year as a sumptuous, beautifully illustrated and fully updated anniversary edition.

Originally published in 1972, Richard Mabey’s classic foraging guide has never been out of print since. Food for Free is a complete guide to help you safely identify edible species that grow around us, together with detailed artwork, field identification notes and recipes.

In this stunning 40th anniversary edition, Richard Mabey’s fully-revised text is accompanied by photographs, new recipes and a wealth of practical information on identifying, collecting, cooking and preparing, history and folklore. Informatively written, beautifully illustrated and produced in a new, larger format, Food for Free will inspire us to be more self-sufficient and make use of the natural resources around us to enhance our lives.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 32268 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (3 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006I1ADYI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Richard Mabey is a naturalist and award-winning author and journalist. He won wide acclaim on the publication of the original Food for Free in 1972 - which has never been out of print since - and again with the publication of the colour edition in 1989. Among his many other acclaimed publications are Gilbert White (Whitbread Biography of the Year) and the ground-breaking bestseller Flora Britannica, which won the British Book Awards' Illustrated Book of the Year and the Botanical Society of the British Isles' President's Award and was runner-up for the BP Natural World Book Prize. He collaborated with Mark Cocker on Birds Britannica, and his book Nature Cure, described as 'a brilliant, candid and heartfelt memoir', was shortlisted for four prestigious prizes: the Whitbread Biography, the J.R. Ackerley for autobiography, Mind (for its investigation into depression) and the Ondaatje for the evocation of the spirit of place. He is an active member of national and local conservation groups and lives in Norfolk.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant 7 Jan 2013
Review by my girlfriend since it's her book.

This book was a Christmas gift, and I'm really pleased with it.

First thoughts: The book is beautiful Heavy, glossy and sturdy, printed and bound to a high quality. The hard cover is lovely to look at, with the text stamped into the cover rather than merely printed. The book look impressive and is an attractive addition to my bookshelf.

Next thoughts: The interior is lovely, as well. Every food item described is illustrated with high quality, glossy photos that display the plant in its natural setting, showing leaves, fruit/flowers and stem clearly. It would be very difficult to misidentify anything with this book.

More detailed thoughts: The descriptions given for different plants are very thorough, and include smell for fragrant plants as well as appearance. The mushroom section is fantastic for newbies to mushroom foraging - the safest and most difficult to misidentify mushroom varieties are offered, and in the few cases where there are similar poisonous varieties, these are described and illustrated just as clearly, with large poison symbols to make it very clear what to avoid. There is also a very nicely arranged index at the back, where all the plants in the book are illustrated with the usual, old-fashioned colour sketches. This is great, as if you come across a plant you don't know, you can skip to the index, find a similar-looking sketch and it will refer you to the main page, where you can compare the plant to the detailed photos and descriptions more thoroughly. A very clever and very efficient way of arranging things.

I have only two criticisms.

One: This book is far too large and heavy to take out when foraging.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Celticprincess TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Yip, I still have my original paperback version of this (but will give that away to a friend now I have treated myself to this updated, hard-backed, better illustrated version) and it really is an invaluable source of trusted information if you like to forage in the wild and not poison yourself!

This book is beautiful. Beautifully presented, high quality production - a hard-backed version of a classic title.

Super-sized glossy pictures that make what you are foraging easy to identify and also comes with plenty of superb recipes for things to do with your find.

I love this book, so I've bought it twice over the years.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND (will be good in this downturn we are having in the UK .... save yourself some money, pick your own in the wild and have fun whilst you are doing it and get exercise and fresh air)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars #1 Foraging book 16 July 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Perfect for beginner or advanced. Big glossy pictures and everything you need to know. If you're learning from home there is nothing better. If you want to learn while outdoors, the food for free pocket version by collins gem is ideal. With both you have everything you need.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I first bought Food for Free as a paperback about forty years ago. At that time it was to help distract our kids on walks. (And incidentally, it remains brilliant for that. Except that the "kids" in question are now our grandchiildren!) It's clear, concise and not at all stuffy or condescending--so it's perfect for somebody who's thinking of, or just beginning, foraging. Also, it's clearly based on UK flora and fungi, so it's ideally suited for the UK forager.

This time round I bought the Kindle edition. (I still have the dog-eared original, though!) This makes it even more useful, because it's completely searchable. So, for example, if you find something with "arrow-shaped leaves", it's easier to work out whether it's sorrel, or bindweed.

If there was a Desert Island Books show, like Desert Island Discs, this would definitely be a book I'd want with me.

Happy foraging!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By midge
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was very pleased when this book arrived, as it has high quality binding and colour photographs. It was bought as a gift and is definitely the sort of present anyone who loves walking in the countryside and/or cooking would enjoy reading. There is a pocket sized version which would be much better if you need to refer to it during a ramble, but the disadvantage of the pocket sized version is the photographs are obviously a lot smaller and so indentifying plants en route is likely to be more difficult.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JO 21 April 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am reading and enjoying and learning. It is so good to have recipes included. I am now passing this review over to my husband.

I found the format excellent: the photographs are large, permitting of easy recognition; the text is large font, permitting of easy reading if, like me, your eyesight is none too good. An excellent book, worth the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a wonderful book 17 Mar 2013
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As someone who loves to forage while out for a walk with the dog, this is a treasure of a book. You can't carry it with you, but lovely to put your feet up, find a new plant to look for, and then go look for it. Lovely photos too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for foragers! 22 Nov 2012
By Fabrizio Poli VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you like going on nature walks and/or you want to find out about the free food & medicine surrounding you this is a great resource.
Lots of photos and it explains where to find these plants and lots more.
Highly recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
A lot of very good quality pictures. Planty of information. It's a-must-have for averybody who is into foraging. Really good book.
Published 1 month ago by Alexander Jaromin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide
Wanted this on kindle to help me identify and use all the wild plants in and around the house am pleased to have it.
Published 1 month ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Much improved
I was a bit hesitant buying this as the first 'Food for free' didnt impress-mainly because of lack of good photo's, this has been addressed and its now the book it should have... Read more
Published 1 month ago by andrew rowley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Information
Richard Mabey is the king of food for free authoring.
We have several of his books and have used them to try out what the hedgerow has to offer. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Richard Pearn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I was recommended this book by my lecturer (I am doing a course called 'Countryside and the Envirnoment'). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Philip B
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Lots of information, great colour pictures. I will get lots of use out of it. Goes well along side the River Cottage handbooks
Published 5 months ago by Kathy Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
You need this book. Beautifull illustrated with pictures you wish you could take backed up with a wealth of info.. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Canal Utilising Nomadic Traveller
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as gift
This item was bought as a gift so can't comment fully, it certainly looked nicely presented and I had no complaints from the recipient!
Published 8 months ago by Lesley Hickinbotham
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book
Beautiful photography. Look out for the field mouse dangling from the bramble. Informative read, easy to identify, especiaaly those umbelliferous plants which I always got mixed... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anne M. Courtney
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book
I had the original, published in 1972, photos and up-dated text added in this edition, which make it very attractive
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. R. Baxter
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