The Forager’s Calendar is a marvelous tome, as John Wright wears his learning lightly as his detailed account of foraging reveals not only his vast knowledge of wild food.
There’s also a wry humour and huge array of endearing anecdotes which combine to make this a compelling read. Month by month, the former forager at River Cottage explains which edible wild species can be found on our seashores, fields and woods.
His brutally honest assessments of what will please the taste buds (and what will not) are hugely entertaining.
In the tasty corner we have January’s three-cornered leek, March’s sea kale, April’s dandelions, September’s fruits, seeds and mushrooms, and October’s sweet chestnut.
Not only is this a beautifully designed, well-illustrated and often humorous read which will be a bible for regular foragers, it also contains enough information about the natural world that anyone with an interest in the outdoors – even if they don’t wish to eat wild food – will find this a book with which they can while away many happy hours.
The Forager’s Calendar, by John Wright, published by Profile Books, £16.99.