The Wild Life: A Year of Living on Wild Food

John Lewis-Stempel

The Wild Life: A Year of Living on Wild Food

Walking around his Herefordshire farm one October, John Lewis-Stempel saw a trout flash in the brook, mushrooms sprinkle the fields, a squirrel eat hazelnuts, and thought: Wouldn't it be wonderful if one could live just on what Nature provided for free? "The Wild Life" is John's account of twelve months eating only food shot, caught or foraged from the fields, hedges, copse and brook of his forty-acre farm. Nothing from a shop and nothing raised from agriculture. Could it even be done? John takes the reader on a Thoreau-esque journey through a landscape that is true England as he uncovers the ancient past of his five-hundred-year-old farm and the startling symmetries between his life now and that of the farm's peasant founders. 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
The Wild Life: A Year of Living on Wild Food

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Food & Drink
Format Hardback
Pages 304
RRP £16.99
Date of Publication May 2009
ISBN 978-0385613903
Publisher Doubleday
 

Walking around his Herefordshire farm one October, John Lewis-Stempel saw a trout flash in the brook, mushrooms sprinkle the fields, a squirrel eat hazelnuts, and thought: Wouldn't it be wonderful if one could live just on what Nature provided for free? "The Wild Life" is John's account of twelve months eating only food shot, caught or foraged from the fields, hedges, copse and brook of his forty-acre farm. Nothing from a shop and nothing raised from agriculture. Could it even be done? John takes the reader on a Thoreau-esque journey through a landscape that is true England as he uncovers the ancient past of his five-hundred-year-old farm and the startling symmetries between his life now and that of the farm's peasant founders.

Reviews

The Daily Telegraph

Jason Webster

In general, the second half of the book feels stronger than the first: as the author becomes a more efficient hunter and more in tune with his environment, so his writing seems to become more assured, so that his final reflections on a hunter’s 'intuition’ and on his communion with nature stand out for their delicacy and resonance. This is a timely and compelling book.

24/05/2009

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