Hedgerow - A must buy,
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This review is from: Hedgerow (River Cottage Handbook, No.7) (Hardcover)
Having loved 'Mushrooms' and 'Edible Seashore' I couldn't wait to get my hands on 'Hedgerow' which has lived up to all my expectations and more. It's a warm, witty and generous introduction to hedgerow foraging. The pictures are clear, the poison plants section should stop me eating anything silly, the recipies are tempting and practical, not least because even if I don't manage to forage some key ingredients I can at least get hold of them commercially which means there's nothing holding me back. Instructions regarding preperation, and the law are clear and useful.
Basically for a foraging amatuer like myself there are all the tools to start exploring with confidence, and even for the very experianced forager I can't imagine this not being a welcome addition to the library. What really makes these books for me is just how readable they are - a spot on mix of information, humour, anacdote, science, folklore and more. Mine goes everywhere with me partly in case I want to identify something but mostly because it's perfect for dipping in and out of.