The Forager's Kitchen Hardcover – 14 Mar 2013
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About the Author
Fiona Bird is a mother of six (mostly boys) and a BBC Masterchef finalist. She has spent years cooking with children and her collection of recipe cards, Kids' Kitchen was published in 2009. Fiona divides her time between Angus and South Uist, on the Outer Hebrides where her husband is a GP. She forages en famille as a way of life and her favourite place is in her kitchen. You are more likely to find her wearing purple welly boots than Jimmy Choo heels. The author is based in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
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This book isn't an exhaustive guide to all edible wild plants, more a selection of ingredients that the author cooks with, and believes to be worth eating. She tells us that rowan blossom, in her opinion, tastes disgusting - a refreshingly honest approach. The Forager's Kitchen is a kitchen companion / coffee table book, rather than a backpacker's foraging guide. The photography is stunning, especially the photos of wild ingredients and unusually, in this day and age, where publishers' budget's are tight, there is a good selection of food photography too.
You can go out and find many of the ingredients in a matter of minutes, but if you were pushed for time, you could probably buy some in the shops, dried seaweed for example is increasingly popular with Chefs. It was good to see seaweed recipes included in the Coastal chapter. I often wonder why, as Islanders, we fail to gather free food at low tide. The recipes are simple, in spite of the author's appearance on BBC Masterchef ; this for me, is a definite plus. She apologies for the inclusion of a couple of recipes, due to simplicity, but often, the obvious is overlooked. Time is always against us, so an easy recipe that competes with a ready made meal is OK in my book.Read more ›
Living in London I haven't really engaged with the world of "foraging" before; "The Forager's Kitchen" however, caught my eye when it was on display in my local book shop. The front cover really is beautiful and the photography throughout the book is absolutely stunning. I must confess I hadn't actually read much of the book before my impulse buy, but since getting home I have been able to peruse at leisure.
"The Forager's Kitchen" is a mixture of foraging tips and recipes to go with them. Although much of the foraging seems to have taken place on the islands and mainland of Scotland the photography and loving descriptions allow the lay reader like me to transport themselves out there, even if only for a few hours. Even through the recipes are supposed to be "foraged" I'm pretty sure I'll be able to attempt recipes such as "Ladybirds in Wild Pesto" with the more readily available Tesco varieties of pesti.
If the book has one real area of strength it is the research that has gone into it. Every page has some kind of factoid or "Wild notes", as they are called, giving details on the folklore and history surrounding plants. The writer Fiona Bird (apparently a Masterchef finalist, although I'm not sure if she is from the Greg Wallace or the more gentile Lloyd Grossman era) has an in depth - QI esq - command of her subject and a real love for foraging which jumps out from the page.
If you are interested in foraging then I am sure this a good book to have with you, but if, like me, you just want a chance to escape from city life then I would strongly recommend this beautiful book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely book with some great photos and interesting recipes. Have yet to try any but have a few in mind.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Really like this book - it gives info about the ingredients as well as some lovely recipes. I already know a fair number of the foraged ingredients that are in here anyway, but... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lisa Robinson
Well I bought this book for my friend who lives in Liverpool. Every time I go to see her, she drags me around Croxteth Park in amongst the hedgerows gathering whatever is seasonal... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dicken