Brought up on home cooking and sweet baking, Rachel Lambert has a sweet tooth and penchant for wild adventures, her family’s annual blackberry-picking trip providing the first taste of the myriad of delights that can be found out in nature. Fast-forward to her 20s and a friend’s throwaway comment, Rachel’s eyes opened up to the vast places where wild food could be found and a love affair with foraging began in earnest.
Today, the award-winning author is based in West Cornwall and writes about foraging and cooking. Her latest book, Wild and Sweet: Forage & make 101 seasonal desserts, has just been published by Hoxton Mini Press and teaches the reader how to forage for 22 easily found plants, take them back to the kitchen, and transform them into 101 irresistible drinks, cakes, jams, puddings and much more. Whether you live in a city or among nature, the book introduces incredible, untapped flavours that grow wild all around us.
With sections that include Foraging with Care, The Yearly Cycle of Foraging, and a helpful section of Useful Equipment, the publication features photography by Elliott White who captures treats such as Sorrel Tart and Dandelion Flower and Rum Cake so delicately that you’ll be left wanting to reach into its pages and get stuck straight in.
Hoping to “ignite an irresistible urge get outdoors and explore your local patch,” the 22 hand-picked wild plants can be used to create joy as much as they can delicious food. With recipes created to suit different dietary needs, dessert preferences and sweet cravings, there’s something in here for everyone, Rachel hoping you get the same pleasure from these natural treats as she does.
Prices at £25, Wild and Sweet is available to purchase now from the always-excellent Hoxton Mini Press.