Hedgerow (River Cottage Handbook No. 7) by John Wright

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  • mjes on June 26, 2017

    Recipe for Elderflower cordial pg. 243 missing. Recipes included in text and index which are indexed only when included within another recipe. Note: these are not easily found short of reading the index. - Candied primroses pg. 64 - Hawthorn and crab apple leather pg. 69-71 - Sloe gin pg. 82 - Sweet cherry pickle pg. 84 - Wild cherry brandy pg. 84 - Rosehip syrup pg. 91 - Red currant jelly pg. 97 - Birch sap syrup pg. 161

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  • ISBN 10 140880185X
  • ISBN 13 9781408801857
  • Published Aug 03 2010
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 256
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Hedgerows, moors, meadows and woods - these hold a veritable feast for the forager. In this hugely informative and witty handbook, John Wright reveals how to spot the free and delicious pickings to be found in the British countryside, and how to prepare and cook them. First John touches on the basics for the hedgerow forager, with an introduction to conservation, safety, the law, and all the equipment that you may need. Next he guides you through the tasty edible species to be found. Each one is accompanied by photographs for identification, along with their conservation status, habitat, distribution, season, taste, texture and cooking methods - not forgetting, of course, some fascinating asides and diversions about their taxonomy and history. Fifty species are covered, including bilberries, blackberries, raspberries, common mallow, dandelions, hedge garlic, horseradish, pignuts, nettles, sloes, sweet chestnuts, water mint, bulrushes and wild cherries. After this there is a section describing the poisonous species to steer clear of, with identifying photographs as well as warnings about nasty 'lookalikes'. Finally, there are thirty delicious recipes to show how you can make the most of your (edible) findings. Introduced by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Hedgerow is an indispensable household reference, and an essential book to have by your side for every trip into the countryside.

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