Recommended wild food and foraging books

The knowledge of wild food has been passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth. Today, you are most likely to learn from books.

Reading is your most valuable resource, providing you own a decent field guide and a good collection of books to cross-reference, as there is no single book to answer all your questions.

The more you own, the greater certainty you can achieve over identification, because plants and fungi in nature are far from the idealised illustrations included in some books, while certain photographs could misguide to wrong identifications.

I have selected a few books I repeatedly return to and highly recommend every fellow forager. While these are my favourites, this is not an exhaustive list. There is a plethora of books out there on wild food and part of the fun is ‘foraging’ for the books you get on with.

We are also blessed to have tons of information online nowadays. Blogs and social media groups can help us engage on foraging and inspire us. Take advantage, cross reference and never rely on just one single website!

General foraging books

Mushroom foraging books

Wild food cookbooks


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