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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1st edition (22 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140880185X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408801857
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Wright's personable style, knowledge and humour shine in this book - which is a cracking good read, even if you forage no further than your armchair ... Elegant and simple recipes give us reasons aplenty to get going, while the foragers' calendar will prevent us setting out unnecessarily. Pop this portable book in your rucksack, and enjoy the countryside in good company' Gardens Illustrated

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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, 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. His second book, the recently published Edible Seashore, describes the joys of foraging down by the sea, finding things from sea beet to lobsters.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Harvey Smith on 5 Aug. 2010
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To say that I was exited about getting my hands on this book is an understatement. And now, after having browsed through it a few times, I'd certainly say that I'm not dissapointed. John Wrights style is informative, engaging and witty, and the descriptions of plants (both edible and some poisonous species) are detailed and accompanied by excellent photographs.
Although the handbook only covers a selection of the many edible species in the British Isles, it describes some of the more worthwhile species and would make an excellent introduction to someone new to foraging.
This book is a worthy addition to the River Cottage Handbook series and will also compliment some of the classic tomes such as Roger Phillips 'Wild Food' and Richard Mabeys 'Food for Free'.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By S. Warman on 30 July 2010
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I have got my copy already and I must say it is fantastic. I read it cover to cover in almost one sitting (except the recipes, though these look good too). John Wright makes the whole thing seem like so much fun and it is a very funny read. It covers just about everything you could find to eat in the wild (except mushrooms and some of the seashore plants) with about sixty species covered and describes the most serious poisonous species you could mix them up with. The bit about the law was very interesting - and funny, and, like the rest of the book, goes into lots of useful detail. If you are interested in wild food this book tells you everything you want to know and is an all time "must buy".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kitchen Gardener on 24 Feb. 2012
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John Wright must be a very nice man; reading this, and, incidentally, Mushrooms in the same series, I really felt he is the sort of chap I'd like to go for a long walk with. Very knowledgeable on the subject and extremely amusing at times he takes us on a stroll through the countryside grazing on the hedgerows and inspiring us to make wonderful dishes that will cost us little and probably do us the world of good.
The recipes are by no means over-rustic in their nature, being mostly stylish and scrummy-sounding to be worthy of any supper party.
He gives us, albeit reluctantly, the recipe for Elderflower Delight; I have always hated Turkish Delight, but sat up with excitement at the idea of another use of Elders to add to my largely alcoholic repertoire.
There is a simple to understand section on the legalities of foraging, and clear descriptions of all of the poisonous plants that are most likely to be encountered and mistaken for something tasty.
All in all, another invaluable title in the series.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Terryandhelen on 20 Jan. 2011
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Dont get me wrong - we love the book! What's good: thorough about the plants, realistic, witty, useful and fun recipes, good pictures. Excellent durable binding. What is less good: pics not good enough for ID (as the author says, the book is not designed for that. Not that many plants listed.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. Carr on 5 Aug. 2010
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Just received my copy yesterday, and this is a fantastic little book!

I already have some of the other books in this series (Mushrooms, Veg Patch, Preserves) and this one fits in beautifully with loads of information about each of the plants as well as clear images and identification advice. In my opinion the images are much clearer than those in "Food for free" - this book is bigger and heavier to carry around but I think it might be worth it!

The sections on useful tools and the law relating to foraging are informative whilst still being interesting to read as they are interspersed with humour.

The recipes look interesting too and I can't wait to give them a try.

All in all - one happy customer :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Freeman on 1 July 2012
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I have purchased a few books on wild food over the past couple of years, for both moral reasons as well as due to (admittedly self proclaimed) foresight. This has been the best so far. The pictures are fantastic, the information is thorough, and it is also blessed with having been written buy someone with a sense of humor...a necessity in this day and age. It is solid and moderately compact, with a calendar listing availability and recipes for those interested. Due to all the above and the fact the amount of plants listed exceeds those of any other book I have bought previously I would recommend this to anyone bar those who maybe have advanced knowledge on the subject.

Fantastic
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hedley Haward on 5 Aug. 2010
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This is a lovely book and an excellent addition to the series. John
Wright's engaging and humorous style makes this an accessible read which
will encourage even the most reluctant and nervous would-be forager to
set off with wellies and basket. The text is quite dense with a huge
amount of useful and fascinating information packed in, making it a
useful addition to the library for the more experienced forager. I cannot
agree with the previous reviewer's judgement on the recipes. I have only
had time to try one - Juniper Pot. It is absolutely delicious, though I
am afraid that the juniper berries came from Waitrose, not the wild.
Elderflower Delight (a take on Turkish Delight) sounds like a great idea
though I haven't tried it yet. Altogether a great little book and one I
can recommend unreservedly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alison Dando on 5 Dec. 2013
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Well laid out for those new to foraging. Illustrations are much more true to colour to the plant and to its background context than in other books. Useful Directory and Reference at the back that links to other River Cottage publications for making jams, booze other foraging food tips. A separate chapter dealing with poisonous plants is good - if in doubt you can check that chapter first before reading through all the look alike plants before you identify the one in front of you. Lots of other tips. The book will fit into a rucksack but not a jacket pocket (ladies)
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