When it comes to the best books on foraging for beginners there are so many to choose from. Across the UK and Ireland you will find books by local experts and more from the wider community of generalist foragers who do not specialise in either mushrooms or whatever it may be, they can guide you safely through the wild with an understanding of a wide variety of plants.
Starting out it is best to cast your net wide and think generally. After all, when going foraging, who doesn’t want more wild edibles? There’s nothing better than coming back from a walk with a good range of mushrooms, berries and herbs in your backpack.
We have carefully selected 5 of the best foraging books for you to start out with as a beginner.
This is seen on every foragers bookshelf. John has a great tone when he writes and is someone who, if you haven’t spotted him on River Cottage, you want to go on a walk or have a chat with. His encyclopedic knowledge of what’s in season comes through in this book. Every month it is taken off the shelf and studied to plan what to find next. A definite must have for any beginner forager.
Written by Marlow Renton and Eric Biggane, co-founders of Wild Food UK, this pocket guide is something you should keep in your jacket during all seasons. It condenses all the incredible information from their website Wild Food UK into an easy to carry book that can guide you through edible plants and mushrooms.
Robin is a plant-based forager, ethnobotanical researcher and wild food educator. He has published over 50 foraging guide books. He established his wild food foraging school in 2008. This book is for people who want to rediscover our forgotten plant heritage and to learn how to use wild plants as food and medicine.
A favourite of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstal, Wild food teaches you about what food is all around us, growing in our hedgerows and fields, along river banks and seashores. This is a guide filled with fascinating information on how our ancestors would have used the plant as well as including over 100 more modern recipes for delicious food and drinks. From berries, herbs and mushrooms to wild vegetables, salad leaves, seaweed and even bark, this book will inspire you to start cooking with wild food.
The perfect book for anyone who wants the children in their life to get outside, connect with nature and have a lot of fun in the process. Foraging with Kids is an engaging, practical book for adults and children to work through together to build knowledge and understanding of the natural world through exploration and play. The projects are based around 52 easy-to-identify plants found worldwide, each one illustrated with a beautiful hand drawing for easy identification that is perfect for colouring in at home.
After reading any foraging book you will always take away a new plant or a wild food recipe to try. They’re the gift that keeps on giving every time they are picked up. Let us know your favourite recipes or which books you are reading over on our Facebook page.