19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Food For Free (Collins Gem) (Paperback)
This is one incredible little book, as long as one does not take it for what it isn't.
It is a short guide to wild food, a kind of introduction to basic principles of foraging, picking and cooking wild food. It is more specifically about food found in the British Isles, but most of these plants are very common throughout Northern and Western Europe (I have found more than 30 of the plants and mushrooms mentioned in the book as far north as central Finland).
It is very precious in that, it gives concise descriptions along with drawings and/or photos, which make for everything you need to carry in your pocket when taking a walk in the woods.
As a word of caution, always double-check what you've picked with a proper field guide when you return home (Mabey mentions that himself in the book). This book is not a replacement for field guides, and it should not be used as one.
This applies especially to mushrooms, and if you do not own a guide on mushroom identification, double-check online (spore-prints can be very useful). Although the mushrooms he has selected are relatively easy to find and hard to mistake for others, you don't want to find out you need a liver transplant because you made a mistake!
Great great great book, I can't really say anything else! This little book how opened my eyes to a world I didn't know existed before, and has lead me to buy more books about foraging and mushroom picking.