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This review is from: The Forager Handbook (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.
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Initial post: 8 Jul 2009 13:07:07 BDT
S. Ford says:
Can you recommend a decent field guide?
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2009 12:17:37 BDT
M. Bright says:
Miles Irving has referred to one in his comments to the other review of the book. I think it would be a good idea to think of having a number of books on the subject. I am relatively new to foraging, i have been doing it for the last couple of years and found that different books contain different pictures at different stages. It would always be best for someone with experience to show you the plants, having said that, i have taught myself through a number of books and can confidently identify a lot of plants and mushrooms. The books i have found useful are Richard Mabeys Food for free (of which there is a pocket sized collins gem version), numerous wildflower guides including the collins gem, Roger Phillips Wild Food and the river cottage mushroom handbook and river cottage edible seashore. If you really want to get into foraging get as many books as you can afford, including the foragers handbook, if your just curious and want to collect the more common edibles, the food for free collins gem £2.99 is ideal. Good luck, dont forget once you know what plants are edible (which the foragers handbook is best for) you can search for pictures on the web!
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