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This is an interesting book as, in addition to providing information on how to prepare and eat some of the many 'wild' foods offered by nature's larder, Ray and his co-contributors give us glimpses of our origins; describing how nature's powerful forces affected our development as a species, and how we adapted to the many difficult challenges we faced in days past. It isn't a complete encyclopaedia of every wild food we could theoretically eat, and is more a sort of overview and guide as to how to think about living off the land. There are one or two small bits of information that could be updated during a future revision, including for example, the botanical classification of the horse's hoof fungus. This is described as Fomes fomentarius, though it was reclassified and renamed about 30 years ago, as Heterobasidion annosum, due to observations made on its reproductive biology. As a countryman at heart, who enjoys too, the many excitements of urban life, I think Ray provides a very approachable book to a diverse range of potential readers, 'demystifying' nature whilst at the same time, revering it. A very enjoyable and informative read which helps keep ancient foraging practises alive and makes them relevant to today's world.
Ben13th April, 2020