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A hunting we will go...,
This review is from: Mushrooms: River Cottage Handbook No.1 (Hardcover)
My wife had a mushroom epiphany last year when stood in the middle of a wood in the Chilterns surrounded by all sorts of Fungi: If we were able to tell which was deadly poisonous and which deliciously edible, we could pick away to our hearts content, dash home and make soups and pātés and all sorts of mushroomy things for weeks to come! As it was, we didn't know a toadstall from a chanterelle and returned home empty-handed, but therein resolved to investigate what guidebooks were on offer. We were rather disappointed by the rather earnest, flatly-written books we found, often with rather dated illustrations or an absence of recipes (surely the point of cooking them is eating them!) and absolutely no sense of the fun and excitement that might be had foraging for your dinner of an autumn afternoon. So we never got around to it. But as this autumn approaches, we were reminded of the coming mushroom season by the Guardian's River Cottage Mushroom guide (bascially a little taster of the book itself) and immediately realised that the handbook was just what we were looking for. And so it arrived in the post full of lovely pictures, concise descriptions and brilliant recipes all bound together by John Wright's strangely humourous writing style (parts are actually laugh-out-loud funny.) We went out to Hampstead Heath yesterday and immediately found a good hoard with which which we made some fantastic mushroom tart. We're hoping it will become a regular jaunt over the coming months and it's all thanks to this great little book.
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Initial post: 12 Nov 2008 14:08:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Nov 2008 14:08:50 GMT
G. Shapir says:
Well, I am going to get this book, and will give you some competition on the Heath! Thanks for the helpful comments.
Posted on 16 May 2010 08:35:54 BDT
T. Coyle says:
Posted on 19 May 2010 18:03:43 BDT
outer darkness says:
Well jolly hockey sticks, I am now chomping at the bit
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