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Food for Free (Collins Gem)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  253 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The ideal portable companion, the world-renowned Collins Gem series returns with a fresh new look and updated material.


This is the perfect pocket guide for aspiring foragers. Over 100 edible plants are listed, fully illustrated and described, together with recipes and other fascinating details on their use throughout the ages.


Practical advice on how to pick along with info
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 12th 2012 by Collins (first published October 23rd 1972)
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Rik Barwick
It's like a little bible of free food. What's not to like!?
Glenn Campbell
I have two versions of this book, the modern one I love for it's bright, sharp, colour photographs.
The older 1976 version, that I picked up much later, from a rural book fair in the Fenlands, I love because it has old pen and ink drawings, and eight whole pages where these drawings have actually been coloured in!
More importantly I found it was packed full of words that don't seem to have made it into the 21st century version.
And also, I love it because in the front cover it says, "To Ann, with
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E.J. Frost
Excellent reference with clear illustrations.
Helen
A must for any forager who wants to really learn
Lisha Sterling
This is the book that started me foraging for food. Well, actually it was this book and some friends in the UK that worked in tandem, but this book kept me going even when the friends weren't there to guide me. This is a great book to keep in the backpack you take on hikes or camping trips, and it's a great book to just paw through while you are bored in a bus station or airport, too.
Lee Broderick
About as much information as it's possible to fit into a very small book which you can carry with you when out and about. Not comprehensive, but how could it be? Instead it's a very good starting point for identification of edible plants and fungi, together with some ideas on how to prepare them.
Rachel
A great guide to foraging for food in the UK...I now have rowan jelly, rosehip syrup, crab apple jelly and several others in my store cupboard. Good pictures and not too much text.
Martinxo
Nov 30, 2008 Martinxo rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Martinxo by: Bought in jumble sale £2
Not the sort of book one reads from cover to cover but useful to have around and take out when in the countryside and hungry ;)
Rory
If you looked this book up them you must own it. It's better than you think it will be. I have been most impressed.
Robbie Black
This book helped to fill my empty tummy on many a walkabout.
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Richard Mabey is one of England's greatest nature writers. He is author of some thirty books including Nature Cure which was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Ondaatje and Ackerley Awards.
A regular commentator on the radio and in the national press, he is also a Director of the arts and conservation charity Common Ground and Vice-President of the Open Spaces Society. He lives in Norfolk.
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