Hedgerow (River Cottage Handbook, No.7) Hardcover – 22 May 2010
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'Wright's personable style, knowledge and humour shine in this book - which is a cracking good read, even if you forage no further than your armchair ... Elegant and simple recipes give us reasons aplenty to get going, while the foragers' calendar will prevent us setting out unnecessarily. Pop this portable book in your rucksack, and enjoy the countryside in good company' Gardens Illustrated
About the Author
John Wright's passion for the foraging life is unbounded; he can be found from waist-deep in the sea collecting seaweed to ten feet up a tree picking mushrooms. He has become a regular lecturer and guide at River Cottage HQ. HIs first book, Mushrooms, was described in the Independent as 'the best guide to gathering and eating wild mushrooms there has ever been' and was shortlisted for the Jeremy Round award. His second book, the recently published Edible Seashore, describes the joys of foraging down by the sea, finding things from sea beet to lobsters.
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Top Customer Reviews
Although the handbook only covers a selection of the many edible species in the British Isles, it describes some of the more worthwhile species and would make an excellent introduction to someone new to foraging.
This book is a worthy addition to the River Cottage Handbook series and will also compliment some of the classic tomes such as Roger Phillips 'Wild Food' and Richard Mabeys 'Food for Free'.
The recipes are by no means over-rustic in their nature, being mostly stylish and scrummy-sounding to be worthy of any supper party.
He gives us, albeit reluctantly, the recipe for Elderflower Delight; I have always hated Turkish Delight, but sat up with excitement at the idea of another use of Elders to add to my largely alcoholic repertoire.
There is a simple to understand section on the legalities of foraging, and clear descriptions of all of the poisonous plants that are most likely to be encountered and mistaken for something tasty.
All in all, another invaluable title in the series.
I already have some of the other books in this series (Mushrooms, Veg Patch, Preserves) and this one fits in beautifully with loads of information about each of the plants as well as clear images and identification advice. In my opinion the images are much clearer than those in "Food for free" - this book is bigger and heavier to carry around but I think it might be worth it!
The sections on useful tools and the law relating to foraging are informative whilst still being interesting to read as they are interspersed with humour.
The recipes look interesting too and I can't wait to give them a try.
All in all - one happy customer :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always have loved, to pick wild berries und plants, especially as a child and later on with our son. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Nini
Stimulating reading, and good to have handy to check up on plants.Published 19 days ago by John Abel Smith
Ok. The pictures aren't very clear of things you can safely pick from the hedgerow so could potentially end in disasterPublished 22 days ago by J
Good book, which is still getting used and is really easy to access and use as reference guide.Published 3 months ago by Shelly
Loads of good stuff in this book. Bought as gift but now want one myself... Hint hintPublished 4 months ago by SueDee