Seashore Foraging and Seaweed Books

While some general foraging books include these topics, they can be fairly limited in the depth that they go into. If you want to go into more detail this list of seashore foraging and seaweed books is for you.

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Edible Seashore – John Wright

For the forager, the seashore holds surprising culinary potential. Before introducing us to the various species to be harvested, John Wright covers practicalities such as conservation and the ethics of foraging; safety from tides, rocks and food poisoning; the law and access to the shore, our right to fish, landing sizes and seasons; and equipment. The book covers all the main British seashore species that one might be tempted to eat. The conservation status, taste and texture, availability, seasonality, habitat, collecting technique and biology of each species is covered. The species covered include crustacea, molluscs, plants and seaweed. Finally, there are thirty brilliant recipes.

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The Seaweed Cookbook – Xa Milne

Offering both nutritional information and delicious recipes, The Seaweed Cookbook is the perfect guide for anyone tempted by this increasingly popular ingredient, The original super food, seaweed offers the broadest range of minerals of any food on the planted and endless health benefits. An excellent source of vitamin C, protein and iron, seaweed also tastes delicious and is a brilliant flavour enhancer. From Spicy Pork Balls with Kombu to Mussel, Pea and Seaweed Broth, and Lean, Green Seaweed Tonic to Dulse and Banana Ice Cream Xa offers simple, seaweed-inspired recipes for all occasions.

  • Contains over 90 recipes and expert guidance on how to add seaweed into your daily diet.
  • Recipe contributors include Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
  • Sales of seaweed have "soared by 125 percent after Jamie Oliver claimed it helped him lose weight " - The Telegraph.

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The Sea Garden – a Guide to Seaweed Cookery and Foraging


The Sea Garden is a pocketbook designed for seaweed foragers, "newby" and experienced. It describes the Top Ten edible seaweeds on the Irish coast in detail, with images and drawings of each one to help identify it correctly, recipes and cookery tips for each and information on health benefits and gardening uses.

There is a section on rocky shore ecology and some interesting anecdotes about seaweed as part of the food heritage of the Waterford coast.

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Irish Seaweed Kitchen : The Comprehensive Guide to Healthy Everyday Cooking with Seaweeds – Prannie Rhatigan

Irish seaboard lore, recipes old and new, nutritional information and personal anecdote combine with the faintest hint of nostalgia in this refreshingly original mix of common sense and practical cookery. Sourcing, identifying, preparing and storing seaweed for culinary use are all clearly explained in addition to a remarkable collection of over 150 easy-to-follow, creative and delicious recipes, including tips and hints.

Designed to facilitate seaweed users from novice to experienced, there is also a full seaweed recipe index for ease the nutritional properties of each seaweed.

Over 100 colour photographs and original line drawings represent not simply the foods featured, but also provide a glimpse of a unique west of Ireland lifestyle and landscape. Beautifully written and illustrated, the compelling pages highlight seaweeds as a valuable, flavoursome and versatile food recognized for its positive impact on health. A book to cherish for both its presentation of seaweeds as a culinary component in a highly approachable way, and for its charming sense of time and place.

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Seaweed in the Kitchen – Fiona Bird

Although seaweed is now all the rage, because we have been reading about and eating Japanese food, it has long been an important ingredient in Britain too, even if many of us don't recognize it as such. Just think of laverbread. Seaweed suppliers are becoming easier to find, but if you need some really quickly, a walk on your local beach will deliver the goods just as well. Fi Bird is nothing if not enthusiastic. She lives in the Hebrides and has written her own guide to foraging. In addition she is super-keen on teaching children to cook. This, her second book, combines these three elements: the Hebrides because seaweed runs amok there; foraging, because she lives in the midst of a natural larder; teaching, because she has written a fine set of intelligent and properly tested recipes. he book has four strands:

  • an account of seaweed species that flourish here
  • a discussion of our use of seaweed over time, and in regional cookery
  • an assessment of the physical properties of seaweed and how they might contribute to a healthful diet
  • a set of recipes.

These last are not merely for boiling up dulse, or steaming kelp, but offer imaginative solutions to incorporating seaweed into our daily fare: Shony breadsticks, gammon poached and roasted in sugar kelp, sea aster pesto, dried seaweed biscuits, seaweed seasoning powder, water biscuits with rock samphire, bladderwrack and oatmeal stuffing for chicken, and many more.

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Extreme Greens : Cooking, Foraging, Cosmetics – Sally McKenna

Sally McKenna s new book, Extreme Greens, reveals the culinary, health and cosmetic wonders of seaweeds, one of our greatest natural resources. With more than 80 exciting recipes, from dilisk togarashi to mussel, coconut and kelp soup to steamed monkfish with furikake and wasabi mash, Extreme Greens is the first book to fully explore the multitude of ways in which seaweeds can form a vital part of our diet, thereby bringing the most health-giving plants in the natural world straight to our tables. But, in tandem with its culinary deliciousness, seaweeds also bring a raft of health benefits to the eater. Some of the book's discoveries and revelations about the qualities of our native seaweeds are astonishing:

  • seaweed has twice as much Vitamin C as orange juice
  • seaweed is the source of umami, the fifth taste
  • seawater contains the same concentration of minerals and elements as human plasma
  • seaweed helps with weight loss and decreases food cravings
  • kelp protects against high blood pressure
  • seaweed is prescribed post-chemotherapy as it removes pollutants from the body
  • seaweed has 50 times the amount of iron as spinach
  • there are over 70 trace elements in sea salt
  • seaweed is 10 times higher in calcium than cow's milk
  • seaweed contains all the minerals and trace elements necessary for human health

Extreme Greens is much more then a cookery book, however, for Sally McKenna also explains how to recognise and forage for your own seaweeds around the coast, how to make gorgeous natural beauty products using seaweeds, and even how to get seaweeds to make the vegetables in your garden tastier and more healthful.

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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.

Field Studies Council - Seaweed Identification Chart

Common seaweeds – Field Studies Council

Seaweeds are usually easily recognisable. This 8-panel laminated fold-out chart will help with seaweed identification for 36 common species found on the shores around the British Isles.

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