Wild Food

Wild Food

Nature's Harvest: How to Gather, Cook and Preserve

Written by Biddy White Lennon, Written by and Photographed by Evan Doyle

Wild Food reveals the secrets of how to identify, pick, preserve and cook the wild foods that grow in our hedgerows, woodlands, hillsides or seashore.

Hardback: €16.99
Hardback: 256 pages
Size:196x130 mm
ISBN: 9781847174673

Category: Food and Drink, Nature

Foods for free, to enjoy fresh, or preserved for cooking with creative recipes all year round, or given as gifts from your kitchen.

Wild Food reveals the secrets of how to indentify, pick, preserve and cook the wild foods that grow in our hedgerows, woodlands, hillsides or seashore.

Foraging through the seasons: nettle, wild garlic, dillisk, carrageen, sea beet, samphire, sorrel, elderflower, hawthorn, sea lettuce, wild strawberries, bilberries, chanterelle, field mushrooms, blackberries, cep, damson, rowanberries, crab apple, herbs, elderberry, rose hips, hazelnut and sloe.

Also included are 60 delicious recipes, both traditional favourites and current specialities at Strawberry Tree Restaurant.

Biddy White Lennon

Biddy White Lennon was a noted cook and personality, familiar to many people as Maggie from The Riordans. She was a founder member and Chairwoman of the Irish Food Writers Guild as well as editor and food writer of Irish Home Diary and wrote regularly for Food and Wine Magazine.

As a judge on The Great Irish Bake-Off, Biddy displayed her passion for great food that can be cooked by ordinary people in their own homes. Biddy died in 2017.

Evan Doyle

Evan Doyle opened his first restaurant in Clifden, County Galway, in 1985, and followed this with the original Strawberry Tree Restaurant in Killarney, County Kerry, in 1988. In 1999, together with his two brothers, Evan opened The BrookLodge Hotel in Macreddin Village, County Wicklow and it is here that today’s Strawberry Tree restaurant showcases artisan and locally produced organic foods. In 2004 it became the first and only certified organic restaurant in Ireland.
Evan is a member of Eurotoques and has hosted the National Food Forum and the very first Wild Food Festival. He is involved in the Slow Food movement and is a founding member of The South Dublin/Wicklow Convivium. Evan is Chairperson of The Taste Council of Ireland and is a Director of The Organic Trust.

best-selling Wild Food

Irish Country Magazine

the kind of book that sparks new ideas from things that have been there forever

Irish Examiner

a great guide

Irish Times

in this combined field guide to edible native plants and cookbook, the reader will discover the delicious native foods of Ireland

Chicago Botanic Garden

this year’s must-have home-grown cookbook

Irish News

a starting point for going foraging


the concise photographs of ripe ingredients make the book a point of reference that you’ll return to again and again


if you intend to forage I’d highly recommend you acquire this book


Page 156 – Wild Bilberry Cheesecake Muffins … buy this book – if for nothing else – this recipe


the perfect marriage between food writer Biddy White Lennon and her good friend and colleague Evan Doyle


[the book is] small enough to fit in your bag and tote with you when you foray into foraging


in this combination field guide and cookbook, Irish writer Biddy White Lennon and chef Evan Doyle focus on the wild foods commonly found in Ireland. From hedgerow to seashore, they share advice for when and how to forage, where to look, how to pick, how to prepare, and how to preserve. This is primarily a book for people living in or traveling to Ireland, but those who are interested in foraging culture around the world might also enjoy it


a brilliant book, with really good recipes and excellent photographs

Books Ireland

you want to upgrade your diet but can't afford to fork out for organic food, this inspiring field guide book is for you ... a totally inspiring read that will shake up your menus on the cheap

Women's Fitness Magazine

'an eye-opener for the beginner and a treat for the experienced forager who’ll really appreciate the fine-tuned wild food recipes'


'great reference guide and one recommended for the kitchen bookshelf in every Irish home' 


'jam-packed with tasty and simple recipes'

Irish Country Magazine

'set to become a kitchen companion for years to come'

Irish Country Magazine

'beautifully produced and illustrated'

Ireland’s Own

'an excellent book … a really good gift'


'just the inspiration you need to go wild and take to the countryside'

Image Magazine

'it would be hard to imagine a more timely publication'


'an attractive book, and tough enough to stand a lot of bashing around both the glovebox and the kitchen'


'having guided you to the best wild foods to gather throughout the year, there’s a goodly quotient of recipes to ensure you make the most of them when you get home'


'a pleasingly straightforward and homely approach'


'what sets this book apart from others covering similar territory is the passion shared by Biddy and Evan for their subject, and the way that they have - so appropriately - given it a special local Irish spin'


'the year is punctuated by its wild bounty and this neat little hardbacked book will help you to make the most of it'


it’s a must have for any wanna-be forager

Irish Examiner

eminently useable

Metro Herald

a practical month-to-month guide to foraging

Metro Herald

this attractive book will find an eager readership

Books Ireland
Rights Held: World, all languages

Also by Biddy White Lennon:

La Cuisine Irlandaise
Irish Cooking
Best of Irish Home Baking
Best of Irish Traditional Cooking
Best of Irish Potato Recipes

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