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Friday, 21 September 2018

Foraging with Kids

It's not often that I'll devote an entire blog post to a book review, but it's been a long time since I've come across a book I love as much as I love this one. Foraging with Kids by Adele Nozedar is utterly brilliant, and so beautifully illustrated by Lizzie Harper that it really does deserve a place on every bookshelf across the nation!

The girls and I are definitely outdoorsy types, even when the weather begins to turn in Autumn (in fact I'd go so far as to say ESPECIALLY when the weather begins to turn in Autumn). We love nothing more than pulling on our chunky knits and wellies and getting out in the fresh air - and being sent this book earlier this year has enabled us to do just that, only this time with a new purpose - to forage for plants and to learn all about them.

Foraging with Kids encourages parents, teachers and kids to get out and explore the natural world. It's jam packed full of easy to identify plants that are abundant all over the UK (in city centres as well as out in the sticks), amazing facts, tips for safe foraging and practical uses for everything you might find. There are dozens of recipes, like crab apple chutney and cauliflower fungi cheese (we're desperate to find a cauliflower mushroom so that we can make this one!), lots of natural 'beauty product' suggestions, like making soap from conkers and bath soak from heather (making potions and perfumes from plants in the garden is one of my girls' favourite things to do!) plus there are some medicinal uses for plants, which especially interested me. Did you know that greater plantain, which is absolutely everywhere, is an amazing healer - the leaves are anti-inflammatory and antibacterial so they're great for treating scrapes and stings.

Adele's passion for the outdoors as well as for foraging is perfectly apparent throughout her book - the way she writes is so engaging for both children and adults; once you've started reading, its hard not to get excited about the prospect of your next venture outside.

If you do one thing today, pop into your local bookseller and pick up a copy or order one online; not only will it give you something incredibly fun to do this weekend, it'll provide the kids with entertainment all year round.

Foraging with Kids is available to buy now, published by Watkins/Nourish Books, RRP £12.99. 

1 comment

  1. Katy, you've just made me cry. In a good way. In a very very good way! This book was a real journey for me in many ways and I'm gobsmacked and flattered and thunderstruck that you've used it for your entire blog. My ego is through the roof too so after I've wiped the tears away I suspect I'll become unbearable for a while. THANKYOU!!!!!


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