Food for Free Paperback – Oct 23 2003
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'Thirty years after its initial publication, the forager's bible continues to inspire and enthral.' Scottish Field 'Still a classic' The Financial Times 'Armed with this guide, this month you could be sampling the simple pleasures of eating a fleshy Hottentot fig straight from a Devon clifftop, making elderflower fritters gathered from the hedgerows, or frying fairy-ring champignons picked off your lawn. With its charming painted illustrations, it is a book to savour in itself.' Devon Life --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Richard Mabey, author and broadcaster, writes regularly for ‘The Sunday Times’, the ‘Sunday Telegraph’ and the ‘Independent’. He won wide acclaim on the publication of the original ‘Food for Free’ in 1972, and in 1986 was awarded the Whitbread Prize for biography for ‘Gilbert White, A Biography’. He is an active member of national and local conservation groups and lives in Hertfordshire.
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The biggest bummer is that I've got nobody I could give this book away to since it would cost as much to ship it to the UK as it would cost someone there to just buy it new.
No obviously this is partially my fault; I should've known that since it was a UK publisher it wouldn't be useful to me, but it would have been nice for Collins to describe it's region-specificity in the book description submitted to Amazon.
Me: "Let's go for a walk!" - Kids: "Groan..."
Me: "Let's go and collect free things to eat!" Kids: "Yay!"
- and of course I taught them never to eat stuff without checking with me first - so gradually they learned to recognise plants and know where to find them and to care if their favourite hedgerow was being ripped out - a great start to caring about the planet. And this book is small enough to take with you and comprehensive enough to be useful.
+ it's is extremely full of pictures so you won't have much trouble finding the right plant, and it even has pictures of deadly relatives in some cases, so you don't pick a poisonous mushroom, if it really looks like the edible one..
Eating the wrong mushrooms can cause death.
Seriously BE VERY CAUTIOUS with that section and when eating any wild plants.
Please build your skill set up.
Dandelions are delicious when harvested at the right time.
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