Author(s): John Wright
For the forager, the seashore holds surprising culinary potential. In this authoritative, witty book John Wright takes us on a trip to the seaside. But before introducing us to the various species to be harvested, he touches on such practicalities as conservation and the ethics of foraging; safety from tides, rocks and food poisoning; the law and access to the shore, our right to fish, landing sizes and seasons; and equipment such as nets, pots and hooks. Next comes the nitty-gritty: all the main British seashore species that one might be tempted to eat. The conservation status, taste and texture, availability, seasonality, habitat, collecting technique and biology of each species is covered; there are also quite a few gratuitous but fascinating diversions.
Over four million viewers regularly watch Channel 4's River Cottage TV series; River Cottage Spring and River Cottage Autumn will continue in May and September 2009 John Wright regularly appears in the River Cottage TV series encouraging viewers to plunder Britain's salty shores for free and delicious ingredients, as he does in Edible Seashore Mushrooms, the first River Cottage handbook also by John Wright has sold over 20,000 copies and continues to sell year on year
'A perfect, and beautiful, book for beginners or intermediate-level shore-foragers' Guy Dimond, Time Out
John Wright's passion for the foraging life is unbounded; he can befound from waist-deep in the sea collecting seaweed to ten feet up atree picking mushrooms. He has become a regular lecturer and guide atRiver Cottage HQ. His first book, Mushrooms, the first River Cottage Handbook, was described in the Independent as 'the best guide to gathering and eating wild mushrooms there has ever been' and was shortlisted for the Jeremy Round award.