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Foraging [Kindle Edition]

John Lewis-Stempel
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The Best of British Nature's Food and Drink for Free

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A practical guide to finding and preparing food from hedgerows, parks, fields, woods, rivers and seashore. Aimed at the beginner, it also has a wealth of tips for the enthusiast, and, unlike other books on wild food, covers foraging in the urban environment as well as the countryside. The book shows the reader 'Where, How and When' to find the best edible berries, leaves, flowers, mushrooms, seaweed, shellfish and snails, with clear and full instructions on what is safe to eat. Foraging covers the 100 wild foods that are good to eat, fun to find, easy to identify - and will make a healthy difference to your diet and your bank balance. The book is organised by environment so when taking a walk, gardening, or having a day out you know how to gather a hedgerow harvest, a field feast, a seaside salad. Each entry features one species, and fully explains its looks, exactly where in the habitat it will be found, when it is ripe to eat, its alternative names, its history, how to harvest it, its culinary uses. There are full instructions too on preparation of each plant/fungi/animal, along with recipes for its use. Comfrey fritters, hazelnut pate, nettle beer,sorrel soup, dandelion coffee, blackberry jam....

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 392 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0716023105
  • Publisher: Right Way (2 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070TRDZE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #188,347 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Lewis-Stempel is a writer predominantly known for his books on nature and history. He lives in Herefordshire, on the very edge of England before it runs into Wales, and within a stone's throw (with a decent gust of wind) from where his family were farming in the 1300s. His many books include the best-selling Six Weeks, Fatherhood: The Anthology, England: The Autobiography, The Autobiography of the British Soldier (Sunday Express '5 stars') and The Wild Life (Sunday Telegraph 'Timely and Compelling') and Foraging: The Essential Guide to Free Wild Food. His books have been published in languages as diverse as Brazilian Portuguese and Japanese, are available on all continents apart from Antarctica, and have sold more than a million copies. He has two degrees in history, writes books under the pen name Jon E. Lewis, is married with two children, and also farms. The Guardian's video interview with him about The Wild Life can be seen at
Six Weeks, his book about British frontline officers in the First World War, published in November 2010 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson was described by The Literary Review as 'the most moving book I have ever read on the First World War' and Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey) said it was 'the best research resource ever.' The book became a number 1 bestseller in WW1 category on Amazon.His 'The War Behind the Wire', about the life, death and glory of British PoWs in WW1 was published in January 2014, and his Sunday Times Top 30 hardback non-fiction bestseller Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field was released in May 2014. The book was featured on Radio 4's Start the Week, and was Countryfile's Book of the Month.
He writes a column on the Great War for the Sunday Express.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The title is misleading 27 July 2013
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What can I say. The book's title would lead you to believe that you can use this book to go foraging. This is not true unless you already have a good handle on botany. The descriptions are not detailed enough to guide you as to what each plant looks like. One description is so dismissive, explaining that all boys know what it looks like, well I am sure they may know what the plant looks like but unless you also know the name of the plant then how can you possibly make the link between book and plant? You will need to get an identification book to use this book which invariably means you do not need this book. It does give a few recipes but it is called "Foraging, the essential guide to free wild food" it is not called the "essential guide to cooking the food you foraged using another book to identify it".
Don't expect to go foraging using this as a guide
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild, Unusual and Delicious 24 Sep 2012
My husband is something of a would-be forager and loves the idea of gathering food for free whilst enjoying long walks with our children. We have a number of books on mushrooms, many on wildlife, a couple on plants, but what they don't do, and what Foraging by John Lewis-Stempel does so well, is provide interesting ways to use these gathered treasures. From Hazlenut Shortbread to Comfrey Fritters, Bullace Vodka to Pickled Samphire, this book is full of wonderful sounding recipes, both unusual and mouth-watering. Lewis-Stempel writes well and with humour (road-kill Herby Squirrel Burgers made smile) and his love of everything the great outdoors has to offer is palpable. This book is a perfect addition to any nature lovers bookcase.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No illustrations so not great for beginners 10 Sep 2012
By Chris
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Got this as the reviews seemed to be very positive. However, as a beginner in foraging I found it very difficult to follow as it has no illustrations of the plants and the descriptions could be, well, more descriptive. Will now look for a more suitable book with full illustrations and descriptions. When your dealing with mushrooms and other potentially dangerous plants a full description and illustration is essential.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not what i was looking for 19 Jan 2013
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didnt show any detail of what to look for just the recipes. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very pleased with this book- I must point out that, no, it doesn't contain any pictures, but then it isn't meant to. John Lewis-Stempel has finally done what so many foraging books have failed to do in the past- actually deliver on all fronts: historical references, descriptions, a fine variety of thoughtful recipes and not just what the plant is but what you can really do with it.

Sadly, some of the reviews have completely missed the point of the book by whinging about there being no pictures.

As any experienced forager knows, when starting out you don't just get one book that will do everything, when it comes to wild plants, especially Mushrooms, you must be very careful, therefore a variety of Identification books are essential in order to cross reference when dealing with unfamiliar plants for the first time.

Whilst many of these ID books have plenty of pictures, they have very little practical information about what to actually do with the plant beyond a few uninspiring recipes such as using green leaves in salad, how to make elderflower cordial and nettle soup. What the Author has done really well is nailed some great recipes- I particularly liked the hedgerow toffee apples and bloody mary oysters. If this book did have pictures then it would certainly 'piss' all over Mabey's food for free which hasn't been updated for 30 years.

Thoroughly recommend this book to all experienced foragers and for Beginners: use it in conjunction with an ID book such as the Forager's Handbook by Miles Irving. I will certainly be recommending it to all course attendees at my Foraging and Cookery School.[ ... ]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Foraging 9 Jan 2014
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Good read very informative very surprising what wild stuff you can eat and what you can't eat would recommend to all nature lovers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eat for free 29 Nov 2013
By Sue
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Bought this book for my daughter who is an avid forager.She thinks it is great.We forage as a family and it has been so helpful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Would have liked some pictures 11 July 2013
By Troy
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This book is excellent in informing you exactly how bountiful the UK landscape is when foraging for food, but I would have liked some illustrations to help for identification purposes. People who know their plants will have no problems, however, and the author is extremely knowledgeable on where and what to pick.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The reviews were accurate and helpful, I got exactly what I bought.
Published 7 days ago by Lady Concussion
2.0 out of 5 stars Pictures
This book would have got full five stars if there had to be pictures along with descriptions of wild foods, especially the mushrooms
Published 14 months ago by Grace Farrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book
Another great reference book for the outdoors person who likes to survive on what is found naturally around them and can be collected freely
Published 14 months ago by David McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars A replacement copy
There are two sure ways to lose a friend, one is to borrow the other is to lend... I've just replaced my copy of Foraging: The Essential Guide to Free Wild Food. I missed it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by FJM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Full of information and he loved it. Also in sections, so free food can be an option and now know find it.
Published 17 months ago by Kay Chilton
3.0 out of 5 stars This small book is not a bad read.
This very small book isn't a bad read really but it is predictable which is a pity because we all like to read new things and not what we have all read before.
Published 17 months ago by Disappointed
1.0 out of 5 stars You would likely starve or eat something deadly.
No pictures of any use in this book makes it useless. It has recipes to cook the things your not going to find. Waste of money, time and effort. Read more
Published 18 months ago by MR ROBERT MASON
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