5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful illustrations. But sadly a bit of a broken record...,
This review is from: The Hedgerow Handbook: Recipes, Remedies and Rituals (Hardcover)
Got sent a review copy by the publisher, very nice little hardback with wonderful illustrations. Each plant featured has a handy bit of information from culinary uses to a bit of folklore, followed by a recipe. Certainly a good size book to take in the field too.
From a more critical point of view, the book promises old recipes with a 'fresh & contemporary twist', very little of which is evident- most recipes have been taken from other sources (see recipe Acknowledgements at the back), which makes me question the Author's ability in the kitchen to create, test and deliver on the recipe front. Most of the recipes seem to be re-hashes of those in Roger Philip's Wild food and Mabey's 'Food for Free'. Thats why I feel this book warrants only 3 stars, mostly down to Lizzie Harper's fine illustrations.
Having said that, if you are new to foraging, then it is a nice tight little package, one which I would certainly recommend to those who attend my foraging school.
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Initial post: 29 Apr 2012 14:04:27 BDT
Adele Nozedar says:
Thanks for taking time to make a comment. It is much appreciated, but I'd like to explain something.
I am very pleased to have used recipes other than my own and had always aimed to do so. The creators of these recipes are for the most part credited on the page of the recipe, including details about the person, as well as in the back of the book in the 'credits' section. These people include, amongst others, my friends Allie Thomas of Craddocks Savoury Biscuits, Sarah Howcroft, a shamanic practitioner and bushcraft expert, and Fi Bird, who runs an amazing educational organisation called 'Stirrin' Stuff'. Over the years, I expect like most of us, I have collected recipes, sometimes adapted them, and frequently experimented with my own ideas. The subject is vast, as you know, and the big issue for me, constantly, was what to leave out. In the end, I decided to go for the best-known hedgerow plants and to include some old favourites as well as what I had hoped are some unexpected surprises. The main aim of the book, as I point out, was to highlight the beauty and fascination of the hedgerow in order that a new generation can understand how important it is to protect them. Also, I considered it a huge privilege to have Lizzie Harper illustrate this book. She is having an exhibition in Shepherds Gallery in Hay on Wye from mid-May until July; if you happen to be in the area do drop by. Her works are even more exquisite in real life.
Posted on 27 Jan 2013 16:28:08 GMT
Everybody is entitled to their own opinion but when somebody starts a review with `Got sent a review copy by the publisher' you know exactly what type of person you' re dealing with. Why does a potential purchaser need to know that? Very pretentious, so it put me off the rest of the review. I'm impressed the author replied in person.
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