- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (20 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340827904
- ISBN-13: 978-0340827901
- Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 3.6 x 25.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wild Food Hardcover – 20 Sep 2007
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'WILD FOOD made me want to run to the hills, live on pignuts and never see another human face' (Sunday Telegraph Seven magazine)
There's only one person I'd like to be stuck up Limpopo with, and that's Ray Mears. Not since Roger Phillip's seminal book of the same name has anyone thrown open the fridge door of nature with such enthusiasm, generosity and respect. (The Times)
'Sensitively illustrated, this book is a mine of information . . . this is a beautiful, engaging and informative book that I recommend highly to anybody intested in nature, wild food ro the lives of the last true hunter-gatherers.' (Countryfile)
It's all good fun. (Independent on Sunday)
Publishing to tie in with the major four-part BBC2 prime-time series, WILD FOODS is the definitive guide to finding food in the wilds of BritainSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
In the second section, Gordon Hillman takes over and looks at the plants that may have been available to our hunter gatherer ancestors. The plants are grouped into families, and there are pictures of most of them, information about how they are or might have been used, and occasional personal and interesting notes. Gordon has devoted his life to wild food plants, and clearly knows a lot about the subject.
This is a reference work, and not a field guide. There are enough warnings and references to poisonous plants and potential problems to deter the unwary from heading out to sample whatever they can find in the hedgerows - and clear indications that in many cases that would be illegal.
Whilst this book would therefore be of undoubted interest to people involved in wild food collecting, it's more of a coffee table book. The text is littered with sentences that don't end and words that run into each other. It doesn't make for easy reading at times. The photos are good, though, and a real plus point. The initial chapters are eminently readable, but the second section is information dense and not the kind of thing that most people would read their way through. Much better to dip in and read about these plants in small doses - which is how many of them should be enjoyed!
As the other reviews said it is one of the worst edited books I've ever seen with half sentences and spelling mistakes all over the place.
I wrote to the publisher and Ray Mears company to complain about the editing but got nowhere.
I wouldnt buy this book, and I will be closely looking at future purchases from this publisher.
The book is divided into two main sections, the first in which hunting and foraging strategies from the mesolithic are debated, with Mears and Hillman drawing upon extant hunter-gatherer knowledge, archaeological site remains, and conducting experimental archaeology in order to find out more about how certain resources may have been used. This is what I find really fascinating. I’ve discovered an interest in the stone age since I spent a whole summer a couple of years ago studying the era to fill a gap in my historical knowledge, and to me it’s such an enigma. Written records begin in the bronze age, and with writing our knowledge and understanding of our ancestors expands enormously. The stone age has no written records, we cannot hear the voices of these people or read their thoughts, and the era is absolutely vast, from the time homo sapiens evolved in Africa circa 200,000 BCE, to the bronze age and the advent of writing circa 2500 BCE. That’s 195500 years longer than from the bronze age to present day. I want to know what these people thought, how they survived, and how they lived their lives!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just like any of Ray Mears books it was a fascinating read. Very interesting finding a lot of the plants in the book when out walking or when i was on vacation in Romania. Read morePublished 1 month ago by david hunter
Its okay for read but if your expecting lots of information to go out foraging you will not really find it here. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Forget spelling mistakes,this is just the best of its kind you will find,Concise and clear with photos to enhance,everything you will expect from Mears.Must have!Published 8 months ago by Lydia
Bought this for my brother as he is a huge Ray Mears fan, book arrived on time and gift wrapped! Very happy!Published 13 months ago by Fi