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Book Review: The Wild Life

One day John Lewis-Stempel tells his wife he will live of the land for a year and she replies with “Its very you”. So thus begins a year of foraging for hedgerow veg and fruits, shooting rabbits and birds and the occasional fishing expedition.

John Lewis-Stempel writes with humor and honesty. It is clear he has experience with shooting game and knows a lot about foraging already. I think a novice would have starved in a week.

Even he is surprised that this living on wild food takes up most of his day. After the hunting and foraging comes the cleaning and preserving. There are good and bad days and a lot of alcohol making.

Fortunately he shares his recipes which often come from very old books so we all might try out a bit of “The Wild Life

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