We wrote this foraging book in 2008. It started off as idle chat in the playground about how to tear our children away from the play station and re-connect with the seasons. It ended up with us chasing up hill and down dale searching for the elusive wild edible. This book is charming and inspirational. It is for mums who can’t get away and dream of a better life outdoors, basket in hand. It is a gift for Paleo dads who want to bring home some trophy foods – mushrooms, samphire, sea beet. This book catalogues a series of walks with a purpose. The idea is to walk and look around and see what season it is, feel the rain on your cheek and inhale the heady scents. It gives you the opportunity to test your mettle, is it a dock or a nettle? This undervalued book is a wild treasure in itself…guaranteed to build the confidence of even the most cautious and PC of us. Did you know that nettle cordial is pink and tastes of gooseberry or that sorrell tastes of lemon? It may surprise you how accessible and “normal” some of these prized foods are – plus in a city you are never far from a wild corridor.
This book could be a way to share something important with a loved one/ loved ones. The feeling of finding, identifying, bringing home a plant that you have eyed up in a book is indescribable. Some are lowly and humble and yet produce exotic and subtle flavours and some are downright fabulous, not necessarily because they taste good, but because our ancestors ate these plants to survive.. and… well that is so cool isn’t it? For the adventurous beginner……life will never be the same again.