£26.95
  • RRP: £30.00
  • You Save: £3.05 (10%)
FREE Delivery in the UK.
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
The Forager Handbook has been added to your Basket
Trade in your item
Get a £8.93
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Forager Handbook Hardcover – 2 Jul 2009


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£26.95
£16.49 £17.50
£26.95 FREE Delivery in the UK. In stock. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • When you trade in £15 or more you’ll receive an additional £5 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card for the next time you spend £10 or more.

Frequently Bought Together

The Forager Handbook + Food For Free (Collins Gem) + Foraging: The Essential Guide to Free Wild Food
Price For All Three: £37.33

Buy the selected items together


Trade In this Item for up to £8.93
Trade in The Forager Handbook for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £8.93, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Product details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091913632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091913632
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

"Nature lovers and foodies alike will be overjoyed by this. Combining recipes and folklore, it's a great book for our time." (The Independent On Sunday)

"The definitive guide to foraging in the UK." (Wall Street Journal)

"A unique and authentic guide, assiduously researched, packed with information and enlivened with anecdotes." (Country Kitchen)

"The most up-to-date book on wild plants of Britain. Irving has produced a book that rivals Mabey’s Food For Free and personally I feel it surpasses it... I would rate The Forager Handbook as one of the best [of its kind] in publication." (eatweeds.co.uk)

Book Description

Food For Free meets The Good Life in this practical handbook by the UK's number one forager

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By City forager on 6 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Irving's book is incredibly in depth, inspiring, beautiful and a joy to read.
I think it's essential for anyone interested in foraging and cooking - and I've very successfully been using it both for identifying plants and cooking (the Sea-buckthorn Sorbet/caramel is brilliant!). I have read a few books on wild food and this is by the far the most in depth and includes so many plants, grasses etc that no other single book I've come across have covered.

The forum's discussion if it is useful as a field guide is however justifiable, as it's not perhaps the easiest guide for a novice forager or someone with little knowledge about plants. Though it is the most detailed.
I did for some time think the black and white photographs was a design 'flaw' (or made by someone colourblind) , because it looks pretty, but is not super practical for initial identification. Having read Irving's comment 'that it's mostly leaves and they are all green anyway' I have to say I don't agree. Even if they are mostly green, tones and details do get lost in black and white photographs (I should know- I'm a photographer)- and because what you see in nature is in full colour the illustrations in 'The Forager Handbook' become a little abstract (though beautiful) at times. Also they are in very varying sizes/scales. I can only mention that one of the reviewers here who don't find this a problem is herbalist (surely someone with in depth knowledge in botany) to prove my point.
Unlike some reviewers however - I still find this books incredibly useful and inspiring, but I would recommend using a small book like Food for Free as cross reference (though it hardly covers all the same plants).
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By H. Griggs Hardie on 10 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Having used my 1973 worn-out, unillustrated copy of Mabey's Food For Free for years, I was delighted to find that Miles Irving has written this grand, encyclopedic book on foraging for British wild plants.

The book is clearly divided into logical sections beginning with a comprehensive introduction to foraging itself, including: foraging basics, geography, botany basics, processing and preparing plants, potential hazards, the seasons, and what you will find in various ecological environments around Britain. The detail offered here is something I have not found in other similar books on foraging.

The main body of the book consists of monographs of hundreds of plants, divided into basic taxonomic groups. The flowering plants take up the bulk of the book and are arranged by their families in English alphabetic order (Barberry, Carrot, Daisy) with the botanical Latin underneath. Irving also includes sections on ferns, conifers, seaweeds and algae, and several excellent appendices with resources and further reading. Many of the monographs include recipes that Irving uses or has collected from friends and associates over the years. Most monographs also include a photo (many close up) of the plant being discussed. I have spent hours delving into the various monographs, and I often bring home foraged plants to sit and read about their traditional and modern uses.

I disagree with other critics here on Amazon who suggest that the book is too heavy and the photo quality not good enough for field identification. This book was never meant to be an excursion flora, there are plenty of those on the market. This book was meant to give an in-depth knowledge of foraging and how British wild plants can be used in the home and kitchen.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By M. Bright on 30 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is another essential for the foragers library. The book covers a much wider range of plants than other similar books. It is more of a referance book than a handbook, its a bit large to be lugging around in your rucksack. The only dissapointing aspect for me is the photographic illustrations of the plants are in black and white and there are not many photographs of the plants when they are in flower, which is the easiest time to differentiate between similar specimens. Definately a good ref book for the library but you will need a decent field guide as well to enable you to confidently identify some of the plants.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Whitley on 23 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
I got so exciting when I got this excellent book for a present. Since then, 6 months ago, I have been enthusiastically working my way through the many plants detailed within it. I have currently tasted over 30 plants and used many of the inspiring recipes within the book. The book is full of useful identification information but what I especially like is the anecdotes about particular plants - this makes it really interesting. I would definitely recommend this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By vigroovian on 24 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a trainee Mountain Leader and an avid rock climber, hiker and cyclist, this book is a wonderful educational aid and a fantastic read.

Great depth and insight into the uk's wild food.

Information is discussed and offered with an obvious passion for the environment.

One of the selling points is that although the photos are black n white, they offer images of the plants etc when they are ready for picking - not just flowering and pretty like a lot of other books.

Also nice just to chill out and read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Look for similar items by category


Feedback