- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1st edition (22 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140880185X
- ISBN-13: 978-1408801857
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.6 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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 :)
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superb book. would recommend. great tips and recipes. food for free!Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great little book using in Addition to food for free and feel pretty confident in identifying most things from it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by romcomaddict
Humour and knowledge delivered in a delightful style with handy recipe hints for your foraged treasures.Published 4 months ago by R. Manley
Great book. Full of interesting info. Would of liked a few more edible plants though.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer