The Edible City

The Edible City : A Year of Wild Food

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"The foodie book of the year" The Spectator

''An inspiring book for city dwellers who pine for the bounty of a countryside hedgerow' Sunday Times

'The forager's magic trick; To conjure a meal out of seemingly nothing and ensure you never look the same way at a neglected green space again' Daily Telegraph

'I love the idea that I could pick up dinner from a local park rather than from a shop on the way home. A book about urban forging could so easily have been worthy, but it's an entertaining read with recipes: get ready for nettle tempura...' Delicious magazine

'A man after my own heart.' Mark Hix

'That is the final act of the forager's magic trick. To conjure a meal out of seemingly nothing, and ensure you never look the same way at a neglected green space again' The Telegraph

Once you start foraging, you'll never look at the city around you in the same way again.

As we walk through the city with our headphones in or our eyes glued to screens, it's easy to forget that we are surrounded by wonderful things to eat. Our parks, pathways, gardens and wild spaces are crammed full of delicious, nutrient-rich plants; all we need to know is how to find them.

From dandelions to winter cress, wild garlic to chickweed and ground ivy to water mint, this book takes us through a year of delicious, foraged food. Each entry is illustrated in colour to help you identify the plant and followed by a recipe using these remarkable ingredients.

In The Edible City, urban forager John Rensten gives us the tools to identify, source and cook delicious food from the year-long bounty around us, whether that's nettle and three-cornered leek gnocchi, winter purslane pesto, or stinging nettle tempura.

This account of a year of urban foraging is perfect for any nature lover or home cook looking for exciting new ingredients to experiment with.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 135 x 198 x 28mm | 565g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed
  • 0752266136
  • 9780752266138
  • 91,281

Table of contents

Introduction - i: Introduction Chapter - 1: January Chapter - 2: February Chapter - 3: March Chapter - 4: April Chapter - 5: May Chapter - 6: June Chapter - 7: July Chapter - 8: August Chapter - 9: September Chapter - 10: October Chapter - 11: November Chapter - 12: December Section - ii: A guide to the basics of urban foraging Section - iii: A year of urban edible plants Section - iv: The basics of plant ID: learn fifty edible plants in ten minutes Section - v: Safety, common sense and the law Section - vi: Edible plants and their poisonous lookalikes Acknowledgements - vii: Acknowledgements Index - viii: Index
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Foraging should be encouraged more from an early age at school so we are aware of the countryside and how we can forage food for free in our own cities. We are surrounded by wild edible plants, vegetables and fungi so we should make the most of it. This book will certainly ignite interesting dinner party conversation. -- Mark Hix This is an inspiring invitation to see your familiar urban environment in a different light . . . Learn how to find chickweed, wild garlic, sorrel - and infuse your cooking with unusual flavours. Turn annoying stinging nettles into delicious tempura nibbles. Foraging: check, mindfulness: check - how on-trend can a cookbook get? * The Lady * Comprising a year-long diary, recipe book and identification guide, this beautifully illustrated volume neatly sidesteps tie-dyed worthiness by dint of it being honest, fascinating and downright useful. Each of the 12 sections that make up the bulk of the book describes the author's food-finding forays throughout the year, notes on where to go and what to look out for, the odd handy drawing to help identify plants and a few recipes to put those new-found ingredients to use. It doesn't sound too complicated and, the more you read, the more you realise it isn't...As well as guiding me through the seasons and the bounty each brings - and opening up a whole world of greenery I can happily pick and eat for free - this charming book has given me bags of ideas and helped make me look at our capital city and myself in a different light. As the author states in the introduction: "If foraging teaches us anything, it's to enjoy and celebrate what is available, not to hanker after what is not." A worthy pursuit indeed. * Caught by the River * The book is an ode, not just to the joys of meadowsweet and porcini mushrooms, but to getting out into nature, wherever you can find it in a concrete and glass city. Foraging instead of mindfulness. Plum-scrumping as an anti-depressant...lyrically written, beautifully illustrated by Gwen Burns, and has made me look at parks and heaths and garden squares with newly curious, and hungry, eyes. * The Spectator * An inspiring book for city dwellers who pine for the bounty of a countryside hedgerow. The year-round urban foraging guide encourages readers to open their eyes to the treasures growing in our city centres, with accompanying recipes such as stinging nettle tempura and hawthorn relish * Sunday Times, The Dish *
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About John Rensten

John Rensten has worked as a photographer and run a restaurant. He runs foraging walks throughout the year through his company Forage London.
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