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Hedgerow (River Cottage Handbook, No.7) [Hardcover]

John Wright , Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
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22 May 2010 River Cottage Handbook (Book 7)
Hedgerows, moors, meadows and woods - these hold a veritable feast for the forager. In this hugely informative and witty handbook, John Wright reveals how to spot the free and delicious pickings to be found in the British countryside, and how to prepare and cook them. First John touches on the basics for the hedgerow forager, with an introduction to conservation, safety, the law, and all the equipment that you may need. Next he guides you through the tasty edible species to be found. Each one is accompanied by photographs for identification, along with their conservation status, habitat, distribution, season, taste, texture and cooking methods - not forgetting, of course, some fascinating asides and diversions about their taxonomy and history. Fifty species are covered, including bilberries, blackberries, raspberries, common mallow, dandelions, hedge garlic, horseradish, pignuts, nettles, sloes, sweet chestnuts, water mint, bulrushes and wild cherries. After this there is a section describing the poisonous species to steer clear of, with identifying photographs as well as warnings about nasty 'lookalikes'. Finally, there are thirty delicious recipes to show how you can make the most of your (edible) findings. Introduced by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Hedgerow is an indispensable household reference, and an essential book to have by your side for every trip into the countryside.

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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: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,093 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

About the Author

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
5.0 out of 5 stars A very worthy addition.... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Buy 30 July 2010
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another inspiring title from River Cottage. 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and amusing 27 Sep 2010
By Mrs K
Like all the River Cottage Handbooks this is beautifully presented and I like John Wright's honest and witty writing style. It is great to pick up and dip into. Great photography supports the text when identifying plants unlike some books which rely on line drawings. There are some interesting sections on Conservation and the law, a vitally important section on poisonous plants and some good recipes to try - even how to make your own chestnut flour - which if ever you've ever bought any is quite expensive. A great addition to my ever expanding bookshelf
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a corker! 19 Sep 2010
This book is one of a long line of handbooks produced by the River Cottage HQ crew and is a must for the avid forager or just the rambler who likes to know his or her surroundings and nibble one or two of them on the way. Well written and in plain English, this informative guide takes you on a journey through the UK's hedgerows and countryside and is packed full of the author's own experiences and great knowledge. Read it, go for a walk in our great British countryside and you might just go home with more than sore feet. To ensure that isn't an upset stomach, there is also a section on poisonous plants, so make sure you read it all. Even the foreword is interesting! Enjoy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good but limited 20 Jan 2011
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hedgerow 16 Oct 2010
Great book for a beginner. Love the style of writing, good tips on the legal aspects of collecting wild food

Will use this book when collecting from now on
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, interesting, excellent! 5 Aug 2010
By R. Carr
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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