Food for Free: A Guide to the Edible Wild Plants of Britain by Richard Mabey

Food for Free: A Guide to the Edible Wild Plants of Britain by Richard Mabey lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Natural History section.

London: Collins, 1978, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Colour plates [8]; Appendix;

From the cover: Did you know you could toast puffballs like marshmallows, pickle ash-keys, that gardeners once grew ground elder? Food For Free is a guide to the astonishing and often delectable range of wild British foods.

Few people still know about, let alone gather, the edible roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruits of our common plants. Yet they are still there in every wood, hedge, meadow and moor, on every stretch of natural coast, in waste ground and gardens. An abundant storehouse of free, wild food of powerful and surprising flavours preserved intact in the wild stock, and increasingly missing from our bland, pre-packaged foods: tart berries, strangely aromatic fungi, crisp and succulent shoreline plants.

This book is an account of over 300 species their local and scientific names, appearance, history, nutritional and gastronomic value, how to find, gather and cook them. Any wild plant, including fungi, lichens and seaweed, worth eating, or much eaten in the past, is included. Shellfish are in too being more like plants than animals for the purposes of this book. But some are more worth collecting than others so each is given an A, B or C grading explained on page 18. C species are in only for historical interest: not recommended for gathering either because rare or because indifferent eating.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small nick to the head of the lower panel at the join. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.

Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.

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