General Foraging Books

These books cover a broad range of types of foraging. Those foraging books that specialise on seashore and mushrooms are listed on other pages.

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Wild Food : A Complete Guide for Foragers – Roger Phillips

Wild food is all around us, growing in our hedgerows and fields, along river banks and seashores, even on inhospitable moorland. In this definitive book, hundreds of these plants are clearly identified, with colour photography and a detailed description. Roger Phillips also gives us fascinating information on how our ancestors would have used the plant as well as including over 100 more modern recipes for delicious food and drinks. From berries, herbs and mushrooms to wild vegetables, salad leaves, seaweed and even bark, this book will inspire you to start cooking with nature's free bounty. "I can safely say that if I hadn't picked up this book some twenty years ago I wouldn't have eaten as well, or even lived as well, as I have. It inspired me then and it inspires me now" Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

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A Cook on the Wild Side – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

A cook-book which incorporates a tour of the British countryside in search of wild ingredients. The book presents all the recipes from both of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's television series of the same name, as well as new recipes. Guidance is included on where to find the ingredients. Includes chapters on spring greens, meat, fish, seashore, berries / fruit / nuts, drinks, mushrooms.

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Edible Wild Plants & Herbs : A Compendium of Recipes and Remedies – Pamela Michael

This is the perfect companion guide for every budding forager. Exquisitely illustrated with full-colour paintings of all the plants and herbs in the book, ranging from dandelion and sorrel to sea beet and samphire, "Edible Wild Plants and Herbs" is both a cookbook and field guide to the identification and use of foodstuffs from the wild. There are almost 400 recipes covering nearly 100 different plant varieties and the illustrations, drawn from life by one of the country's leading botanical artists, show the edible parts of the plants at their peak time for picking. In addition, there is a calendar indicating what plants to look for at each season of the year, information on where the plants are found and how to identify them. In the past, the home kitchen provided a family with all its medicines and cosmetics as well as its food, wine, pickles and preserves. Our ancestors were resourceful and imaginative and very much in tune with nature; this book recaptures their harmonious, sustainable way of life by setting down for the modern reader all that knowledge and lore.There are recipes for soups, sauces, main dishes, salads, pickles, jams, sorbets, as well as teas, syrups and lotions.

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Food for Free – Richard Mabey

The classic foraging guide to over 200 types of food that can be gathered and picked in the wild, Food for Free returns in its 40th year as a sumptuous, beautifully illustrated and fully updated anniversary edition. Originally published in 1972, Richard Mabey's classic foraging guide has never been out of print since. Food for Free is a complete guide to help you safely identify edible species that grow around us, together with detailed artwork, field identification notes and recipes. In this stunning 40th anniversary edition, Richard Mabey's fully-revised text is accompanied by photographs, new recipes and a wealth of practical information on identifying, collecting, cooking and preparing, history and folklore. Informatively written, beautifully illustrated and produced in a new, larger format, Food for Free will inspire us to be more self-sufficient and make use of the natural resources around us to enhance our lives.

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Hedgerow – John Wright

Hedgerows, moors, meadows and woods – these hold a veritable feast for the forager. In this handbook, John Wright reveals the free and delicious ingredients to be found in the British countryside, and then how to prepare and cook them. After an introduction to conservation, safety, the law, and all the equipment that you may need, he guides us through the tasty edible species to be found covering identification, conservation status, habitat, distribution, season, taste, texture and cooking methods. Finally, there are 30 tempting recipes.

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Wildcook – ceps, shrubs & rock ‘n’ roll – Garry Eveleigh

This is not just a foraging field guide but also a great cookery book with lots of wonderful recipes for your foraged ingredients. Garry has concentrated on a selection of his favourites, highlighting what to look for on beaches and foreshores, hedgerows, fields and forests, giving the reader detailed information on where ingredients are found, how to identify them safely, with helpful picking tips and suggestions for their uses. James Golding, a leading chef, has provided the mouth-watering recipes.

Take a look at the accompanying web site to have a peek at the photos and recipes. A friend bought 10 copies for Christmas presents!

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Booze – John Wright

Booze is divided up by alcohol type, from beer, cider and wine to herbal spirits and fruit liqueurs. A good number of recipes include foraged ingredients. While most of these are from the hedgerow, there are also some seashore ingredients. With an introduction from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and full-colour photographs as well as illustrations, Booze is a home-brewer's book with a kick.

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Booze for Free Hardback – Andy Hamilton

 

Home brewing and wine-making is fun, easy and hugely satisfying. If you garden or forage, can follow a recipe or make jam, and you enjoy a drink, this is the book for you. Andy's no-nonsense, easy-to-follow guide will enable the beginner and inspire the expert with over 100 recipes including beer made from hops and but also yarrow, mugwort, elder and other foraged plants, great tasting wines from fruit, vegetables and the hedgerows, cider and perry from apples and pears, cordials from the leaves of a range of trees, and teas and fizzy drinks from herbs and wayside flowers. - Discover the secret language of home brewing and drinks making. - Make cheap, wholesome drinks, to your preferred taste and strength. in little time, with minimum fuss and no need for expensive equipment. - Turn your garden into a drinkers' paradise. - Find where and how to forage for success. - Impress your friends with the weird, wonderful and just plain tasty. Try Carrot Whisky, Sloe and Damson Rum, Parsnip Sherry, Elderberry and Blackberry Wine, Pumpkin Beer, Broom Tonic, Meadowsweet tea as well as classics such as Elderflower champagne, sloe gin, prison brew...Cheers!

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Preserves – Pam Corbin

 

Preserving is a centuries-old way to make the most out of every season, stretching the more bountiful months into the sparser ones - and what's more, it is fun, rewarding and easy to learn. Explaining the history, science and basic processes of preserving, Pam Corbin guides us through a world of jams, jellies, butters, curds, pickles, chutneys, cordials, liqueurs, vinegars and sauces that can be made from local produce throughout the year. She includes 75 recipes, covering everything from traditional favourites such as raspberry jam, lemon curd, quince cheese and sloe gin, to fresh new combinations such as apple butter, cucumber pickle and nettle pesto. The handbook includes seasonable tables, regional maps, flow charts of all the preserving processes and full-colour photographs throughout, and is completed by a directory of equipment and useful addresses. With a textured hard cover and an introduction by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Preserves is a concise and inspiring guide to an age-old art for kitchen beginners and keen preservers alike.

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These excellent value, fold-out identification charts are produced by The Field Studies Council. They are waterproof and are great for adults, parents, teachers and children to use outdoors. If you would like to buy any of the below, click on the cover photo or order button and you will be taken to the publisher's website where you can see the current price and place your order.

Guide to foraging: top 25 edible plants – Field Studies Council

Foraging: what better way to enjoy the outdoors than to go and find your own food for free? This is an essential resource to take on a family walk or for Forest Schools. The guide covers the top 25 most common and tasty plants that can be found from just outside your front door. Beautiful colour illustrations by Lizzie Harper, as well as a detailed identification table, will give you confidence in identifying which species to eat.
 

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