Food For Free (Collins Gem) Paperback – 12 Apr 2012
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Fans of Food for Free will be delighted at this new format -- ideal for carrying in a rucksack. Over 100 edible plants are featured together with recipes and other interesting culinary information. With details on how to pick, when to pick and regulations on picking. This new format of a best-selling title provides a portable guide for all those who enjoy what the countryside has to offer. Over 100 plants are listed, fully illustrated and described, together with recipes and other fascinating information about their use throughout the ages. The recipes are listed so that you can plan your foray with a feast in mind. This is the ideal book for both nature-lovers and cooks. Particularly with today's emphasis on the freshest and most natural of foods. There is also practical advice on how to pick plus the countryside laws and regulations on picking wild plants.
About the Author
Richard Mabey is a naturalist and award-winning author and journalist. He won wide acclaim on the publication of the original Food for Free in 1972 – which has never been out of print since – and again with the publication of the full-colour edition in 1989. Among his many other acclaimed publications are Gilbert White (Whitbread Biography of the Year) and the ground-breaking, award-winning best-seller Flora Britannica. He collaborated with Mark Cocker on Birds Britannica, and his book Nature Cure, described as 'a brilliant, candid and heartfelt memoir', was shortlisted for four prestigious prizes. He is an active member of national and local conservation groups and lives in Norfolk.
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I am so impressed by this book, even if it wasn't a pocket book:
-It's got illustrations and photos for each for ease of identification (which is vitally important)
-It's got the common names and the scientific names for each
- It's got advise on how to use what you harvest
-It's even got historical significance.
It's hard to figure out If i need to do further reading because it is so packed full of information.
Overall I'm glad I purchased the book and at the price I paid it was a bargain.
It has a calendar telling you what is harvestable and when.
There are full colour pictures with each item.
There is a preface with a load of dos and don'ts for foraging.
And each food item tells you what it goes well with.
Overall, this is a fantastic book for those starting out and those who have been at it a while.
This is excellent for fitting into even the smallest backpack or pocket and a very useful tool for anyone wanting to know more about wild edibles.
Only problem I could foresee is that due to the miniature size of the book someone with failing eyesight would struggle to read text and see the pictures properly but it's spot on for me.
I like the idea of including the recipes, picking seasons and mixing a bit of folklore into the information too as it helps to increase the readers knowledge base where foraging and food preparation is concerned.
The book is very UK specific although many of the plants do grow through Northern Europe.
At this price it should be in every outdoorsman's pack.
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