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Top 10 Foraging Cookbooks 

There are thousands of foraging related books out there aimed at helping you to properly identify the wild edibles near you, but not many of them actually tell you what to do with your finds once you get them home! These books are first and foremost cookbooks with a little identification advice, and feature a mix of inspiring recipes to bring foraged food onto your modern dinner table:


1. The Hedgerow Cookbook: 100 Delicious Recipes for Wild Food – By Ginny Knox & Caro Willson.

Ginny Knox & Caro Willson founded of the ‘Wild at Heart’ food company specialising in wild gathered jams and jellies, needless to say they know what to do with wild produce! In this book you’ll find plenty of impressive recipes for unusual drinks, desserts, and Sunday dinners...


2. The Foragers Kitchen: over 100 field to table recipes – by Fiona Bird


A compendium of ideas and advice from British Masterchef Finalist Fiona Bird, with a whopping 100 spectacular recipes you’re sure to find something to rustle up with your foraged finds!



3. Seaweed in the Kitchen – by Fiona Bird


It might sound disgusting to many at first yet seaweed is booming in popularity across the world due to a surge in peoples love of sushi and Japanese cuisine! This isn’t just a book of seaweed however so expect to tingle your taste buds with a variety of other foraged foods and modern recipes...



4. The Hedgerow Handbook – By Adele Nozedar


An extremely useful foraging book filled with folklore, unique recipes, and stunning artwork to inspire your next ramble beside a hedgerow near you. Thumbing through the pages of this little book is a delight in itself, and this one has earned a permanent place in The Waki Way ‘book-nook’!


5. A cook on the Wild Side – by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Old but golden, this slightly dated book from Hugh’s TV series before the River Cottage era is well worth a read today. The book contains plenty of recipes with wild ingredients centre stage along with tips and advice for where to find them yourself.


6. Wild Food: A complete guide for foragers – by Roger Phillips


A true expert on wild food Roger Phillips is regarded as being the inspiration behind some of the most famous ‘wild foodies’ of today. Featuring recipes that would impress the fanciest of diners along with some sound tips and advice, a great addition to the bookshelf you can rely on.


7. The Edible City: A Year of Wild Food – by John Rensten

Think you have to live in the country to enjoy foraged food, then think again! Foraging fanatic John Rensten provides a guide to locating and identifying the urban-harvest month by month interspersed with plenty of recipes and advice, you’ll likely never consider a patch of unkempt weeds as unsightly again...



8. The Foragers Cookbook: A Countryside Guide to Foraging and Cooking with Wild Food – by James Wood


Intended as a reassuring source of inspiration to encourage more folk to explore and reconnect with nature through taste, James Woods turns 15 of the most abundant wild edibles into 65 simple and adaptable recipes for anyone to try.


9. Nettle Cookbook: Recipes for Foragers and Foodies – by Vivian Tuffney


What foraging reading list would be without a nettle recipe or two? In fact there are so many things you can do with nettles that this beautifully illustrated book is dedicated to this one plant alone! Time to turn fear into fanaticism!


10. The Forager Handbook – by Miles Irving


An in depth guide to the multitude of wild food all around us this book is again a step beyond the boring (though important) identification guide. “With recipes from some of the most exciting chefs working in Britain today this book will take readers on a voyage of discovery...”



If you love wild food don’t forget to check out our Wild Foraging & Game Recipes page, featuring a new recipe or plant every #ForagingFriday!


What do you think of this list? Have you read/do you own any of them? Let us know your opinion or any recommendations for other foraging folk in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!


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Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more

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