In The Forager’s Kitchen Handbook, expert forager and cook Fiona Bird shares the knowledge she has gained from years of gathering food from the land.
Whether you live in a large city, in open countryside, or by the coast, if you open your eyes and follow Fiona Bird’s advice, you will find more ingredients growing in the wild than you could imagine. Each chapter focuses on a different food type—Flowers and Blossom, Woodland and Hedgerow, Fruits and Berries, Herbs and Sea and Shore—and includes useful information about where to find it, how to forage and gather it, and how to use it. And once you have brought your bounty home, there are more than 100 recipes for you to try. If you love baking, try the carrot and clover cake, wild hazelnut shortbread, or sea lettuce madeleines. Make the most of a hedgerow glut by making honeysuckle jelly or quince and wild thyme sorbet. Try a food-for-free main course of chanterelle puffs or wild mussels steamed with dandelions, or a quick snack of garlic mustard, chickweed, and tomato bruschetta. Or indulge your sweet tooth with wild berry and herb marshmallows or a wild cherry panna cotta. Armed with this handbook, head off to the great outdoors and you will be amazed by the sheer quantity of food that is available for free.
Fiona Bird is a graduate of the University of St Andrew's, mother of six and former BBC Masterchef finalist. She lives in Scotland and divides her time between the Glens of Angus and the Isle of South Uist, where her husband is the local doctor. Fiona loathes the inquisitive seals that spy on her as she picks seaweed from their larder and is happier when the Machair cows are in the distance. She is often seen on her bicycle with a basket full of seaweed or other wild edibles and is usually late for kirk on a Sunday. When time permits Fiona shares her foraging tips and recipes in The Huffington Post.