The First-Time Forager

A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Britain’s Edible Plants

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Pub Date 11 Apr 2024 | Archive Date Not set
Collins Reference | National Trust Books

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Find edible wild plants in this seasonal foraging guide for beginners

  • A friendly, honest guide for wary would-be foragers
  • Only plants that are easy to find, easy to identify and tasty
  • Clear photographic guides to the species

We all love the idea of foraging – as a way of being connected to nature and discovering new tastes. But in reality, most of us are very wary, and sometimes a bit underwhelmed when we do try. What’s needed is this totally honest, safety-first guide for softy first-time foragers. This book concentrates on 40 plants that are easy to identify and worth the effort – plants that are tasty and abundant in the wild or in gardens and parks. There are simple recipes to try as well. This isn’t an armchair guide for people dreaming of being Ray Mears or Bear Grylls. It’s for everyday people who lives in towns and suburbs as well as the countryside, and who want to get a little closer to nature and discover new tastes, without stress.

Find edible wild plants in this seasonal foraging guide for beginners

  • A friendly, honest guide for wary would-be foragers
  • Only plants that...

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The,First Time Forager by Andy Hamilton

The book is a must to take about with you when out walking / hiking.
Such a wealth of knowledge and wrote about in an easy to understand way .
Previous to this book I've only been confident to bring wild garlic home to make pesto ( delish by the,way ) but it's given me a new found confidence to forage and try things I would have feared before.

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I love foraging, so waking up to an email inviting me to read "The First-Time Forager" has certainly put a smile on my face. Andy Hamilton has created a brilliant guide for anyone keen to get into foraging and doesn't have a clue where to start. It took me a good 2 years to learn on my own all the plants that Andy has described in the book, so this is certainly a very handy guide. I even learned a plant or two from this book. I also loved the recipes added under each plant, the author's personal notes on how to forage it, and, of course, the common sense tips throughout. Brilliant! I definitely recommend it for new would-be foragers. There is a lot of tasty wild food out there, and this is your guide. Thank you, NetGalley and Andy, for the opportunity to dig my claws into this book. I enjoyed it.

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There are a lot of great foraging areas near where I live but I have never been confident to try it safely so these tips and tricks will definitely help me to start foraging for the first time.

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This will be an invaluable guide to anyone starting out foraging. From easy finds such as blackberries and apples, this takes you through chickweed and Japanese knotwood and beyond. Very well illustrated, to avoid any mix ups, with a full intro for each item plus a recipe, this is the full package from finding, picking to preparing and eating - as well as pointing out common problems and things to look out for. Excellent!

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Was really pleased by the National Trust who asked me to review this really interesting book. Since watching River Cottage and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall I have been really interested in foraging, yes we all pick blackberries late August but there is so much more to this as the book sets out.
What I love as well is the recipes you can do with foraged goods.
The book and author does show caution and there are dos and donts with foraging.
I love this book and will be using more than just blackberries and rose hips

Thank you Netgalley, National Trust and Andy Hamilton

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