The Wilderness Cure
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Recommended by Terry and the Cake Shop team
‘The Wilderness Cure is one of those books that is many things at once, and that’s what makes it such a brilliant companion. It’s a cultural history of foraging and its impact on our culinary evolution as a species; it’s an almanac of the changes that the seasons bring in Mo’s home of West Lothian; it’s a personal diary of the pledge that she made in 2020 to live only on free, foraged food for an entire year. It’s a trove of foraging tips, cold hard fact, history and recipes or nods to recipes both new and vintage, showcasing Mo’s expert knowledge of plants, fungi and seaweeds. It’s an exploration of the disconnect that lockdown exposed in so many of us, and the hope that this experience might change us in some way.’
From the publisher
'This special and magical book has changed the way I see the world' Dan Saladino
'Inspiration and delight sparkle from every page … This book [is] a revelation of joy to the general reader for whom wild food is another country'John Wright, author of the River Cottage handbooks
A captivating and lyrical journey into our ancestral past, through what and how we eat.
Mo Wilde made a quiet but radical pledge: to live only off free, foraged food for an entire year. In a world disconnected from its roots, eating wild food is both culinary and healing, social and political. Ultimately, it is an act of love and community. Using her expert knowledge of botany and mycology, Mo follows the seasons to find nutritious food from hundreds of species of plants, fungi and seaweeds, and in the process learns not just how to survive, but how to thrive. Nourishing her body and mind deepens her connection with the earth – a connection that we have become estranged from but which we all, deep down, hunger for.
This hunger is about much more than food. It is about accepting and understanding our place in a natural network that is both staggeringly complex and beautifully simple. THE WILDERNESS CURE is a diary of a wild experiment; a timely and inspiring memoir which explores a deeper relationship between humans and nature, and reminds us of the important lost lessons from our past.