Top 5 Foraging & Wild Food Cookbooks

I generally like to play in the kitchen. I use recipe and cookbooks simply as guides.

And although I create recipes and post them on this site. I really try and encourage people to NOT slavishly follow my recipes, or any recipes they find in books.

Cooking is about creatively interacting with your imagination. Your senses.

In bygone days, cookbooks often only listed ingredients. Not a quantity or measurement in sight.

How I wish cookbooks would return to this way of being produced.

I nearly did it with my own book, but then bottled-out.

In a nutshell, when it comes to  following recipes. Don’t. Adapt. Play.

Here are my top recommended foraging and wild food cookbooks.

Use them for inspiration!

The New Wildcrafted Cuisine

New Wildcrafted CuisinePascal Baudar is a wild food experimentalist extraordinaire. This book is beautifully designed, with awesome, lip-smacking photos to die for.

If there’s one book to inspire. This is it. Nothing I have come across in the past few years even comes close.

Pascal is someone who truly plays with their wild imagination. Be inspired. If there was one book to get. This would be it.

The Irish Seaweed Kitchen

The Irish Seaweed KitchenPrannie Rhatigan is pretty awesome. A lovely human being. And this is the best seaweed recipe book I’ve found.

The photographs and recipes are absolutely superb, and the Irish Seaweed Kitchen needs to grace the shelves of any self respecting seaweed forager.

The Art of Fermentation

The Art of FermentationSandor Katz is the god of fermentation. A close buddy of my plant mentor Frank Cook. Frank sadly died in 2009.

Sandor went on to become one of the world’s foremost authorities on the art of fermentation. Hence the title.

Whether you are just starting out exploring fermentation, or already pretty experienced, this book has to be on your shelf.

Edible Wild Plants & Herbs

Edible Wild Plants and HerbsIn the early days I used this book all the time. A bit of an unknown classic.

Delightfully illustrated, Pamela Michael has given us her own recipes. The ones she has obviously actually made.

So many cookbooks these days are “plucked out of thin air”. Meaning the author has simply cobbled the recipes together. Try and make them and they don’t work. This book delivers.

Foraging & Feasting

Foraging and FeastingAnother beautifully crafted book. I love people who take care with their creations, and put real soul into their work. The illustrations are gorgeous. The recipes different.

I was one of the crowdfunder sponsors for the publication of this book. And it didn’t fail to impress.

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