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How To Forage For Free Food - Let's Get Foraging (Foraging Free Food Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Allen Jesson
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Have you ever wondered how to forage for free food or where to find free food?
You are about to find out. The hedgerows, meadows, streams and woods are bursting at the seams with free food. Not just in the country either as Allen also explores the urban confines in search of free food. So, just before you start on this pleasant journey, please have a quick think about the benefits of foraging for food:

Environmentally Friendly – No ploughed fields, no tractors and trucks and distribution centres. No supermarkets burning energy at all hours of the day

Cost – It's free. Or very cheap indeed. All it takes is your time and that is spent walking in the countryside. Now, there's a joy all on it's own. It's good exercise too.

Healthy – Not only do you get the above mentioned exercise, your diet is naturally improved and packed full with nutritional diversity.

Fresh – You can't get fresher than just picked.


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  • Print Length: 25 pages
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  • Language: English
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3.0 out of 5 stars Has Potential April 9, 2012
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Grandma has been picking wild berries and canning Wild Grape Jelly for many a year, a habit acquired from her Grandpa, who just about the time the snow cleared could be found crawling on hands & knees over the extensive lawn, very sharp knife in hand, harvesting the early dandelions. Grandpa always called those his "spring tonic" - a great source of vitamins after an old fashioned winter of no fresh greens. Harvest them very young, just as the leaves begin to appear, or they will be very bitter. July & August always brought great pails of wild blackberries and blueberries. In late August Grandpa would disappear for hours daily gathering wild butternuts. No Thanksgiving or Christmas was complete without a big box of those butternuts!

Allen Jesson's How To Forage For Free Food - Let's Get Foraging (Foraging Free Food Series) is full of good, though very basic, ideas for stretching your food budget with this sort of "found" food. Most unfortunately, however, Allen included no pictures at all (pictures would have been a huge help) and refers fairly frequently to a recipe book not yet available.

UK readers will find this guide perhaps more useful than US readers as some of the information is specific only to the UK. In particular, fishing laws/regulations are different and vary here by state.

As a guide for rank beginner's this has potential. More experienced foragers will want more in-depth information. Your call.
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4.0 out of 5 stars no visuals November 5, 2012
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While the information was ok, it would have been very helpful to have some visuals to compare when trying to identify fungi found in the wild.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better January 10, 2013
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Not very long and you're halfway through the book before he gives you info. Pictures would have been helpful while descriptions are nice beginners need pictures. There are too many deadly plants and berries that could be mistaken for some of these. A search on line, talking to your extension agent or forestry department would be more helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read May 3, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book - it's one on my list that I'll probably read over and over again and use as a self reference guide to foraging for free food. Thanks, great information and very useful
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful Advice for the UK March 16, 2013
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Jesson has written a great how-to for wildcrafting in the UK. Some of the concepts transfer easily, but you can tell where the author's home turf is. If only we had that many mushrooms here.
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Having taught woodlore and outdoor survival for many years, I eagerly looked forward to reading this book on foraging. Though written for readers in the United Kingdom, across the pond, the information still has some value. There are some differences: the author writes of Wild Garlic (Allium ursinum) which is not present in the United States though closely related to the North American wild leek (Allium tricoccum) and the author also mentions Rock samphire (Crithmum maritimum) which is also not present in the western hemisphere.

The author does spend quite a bit of time talking about "dumpster diving" and other means of attaining food destined for the landfill, but as this reviewer sees most fields and hedgerows as bountiful supermarkets, there are enough wild plants available without the risky business of digging through the trash.

It is hoped that later editions will expand into more examples of foraging with better formatting as well as important illustrations.
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Hi,

I've been writing in earnest since 1998, when I started A Gift of Poetry (dot com) which is still alive and well today (please Google A Gift of Poetry and you'll find it). I have since broadened my horizons and now write books on a wide variety of subjects. Two of my big passions are cooking and vegetable gardening so there are quite a few that focus on growing or picking your own and cooking from scratch. The vast majority of my recipes have all been tried and tested and honed over a number of years. Most agree the results are delicious (well, that's what they tell me :) so please do try a couple of recipes and let me know how you get on. I've also written a few self help books and (IMHO) The 77 Secrets is definitely worth a read. I also publish and market for other aspiring authors and help them become known in the marketplace. So, all in all, pretty busy but enjoying life. I hope you are too (if not, please read The 77 Secrets :).

All the very best, Allen xx

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