Discover the wonders of wild food, from berries to mushrooms to fresh herbs - all of which are wonderful foods free on our doorstep. The author Jane Eastoe shows you how to find, identify and cook a range of wild food, including nuts, seeds, roots, fruit, flowers, seaweed, fungi and plant leaves. Elderberry flowers can be used for making cordial, nettles make delicious soup and sloe gin and horseradish sauce are just two great traditional recipes that can be made from the hedgerow larder. There are dangers in some wild plants and the author gives guidance on how to pick safely (for example cooking elderberries destroys the toxins present but the leaves, bark or roots of the elder should never be eaten). Mushrooms are notoriously difficult to get right so Jane Eastoe gives you the key dos and don'ts on mushroom picking. What to take on a culinary walk in the countryside? What foods are available in what season? What's the nutritional value of certain wild foods? All these questions and many more are answered by the author to ensure you make the most of every culinary walk through the countryside.
About the Author
Jane Eastoe has been a journalist and author for 25 years. For many years she worked for the fashion business press, for whom she regularly covered the international collections and interviewed designers from Gaultier to Galliano. She is the co-author of Fabulous Frocks and Elizabeth Reigning in Style also published by Pavilion. She has been writing for the National Trust Books list for the last four years and was the chief contributor to the National Trust Book of the Countryside. Her other books include Wild Food, Keeping Hens, Home-Grown Fruit, Allotments, Herbs, Hedgerows&Wildlife and Mushrooms. Jane has produced two books linked to television series: Victorian Pharmacy and Britain by Bike, which won Outdoor Book of the Year at the 2011 Hay Festival. In her spare time Jane is a softie cyclist and a keen amateur bird taxidermist.