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Illustrated with full-colour paintings of the plants and herbs in the book, ranging from dandelion and sorrel to sea beet and samphire, this is both a cookbook and field guide to the identification and use of foodstuffs from the wild.
Pamela Michael was born and brought up in London, but during the Second World War she worked on a Cornish farm, which inspired her with a lasting love of the country. At the end of the war she married Maurice Michael, the translator and literary agent and after another spell in London, they escaped to Sussex and finally to Cornwall. Painstaking research, tasting and testing went into the development of the recipes for both recipes and potions, many of which came from the old herbals and early cookbooks, which Pamela adapted for the modern cook. Twenty-five years on from the original publication of this book she has revised and rewritten much of the text and added many new recipes to bring it right up to date for the 21st century reader. Christabel King has worked as a botanical artist at Kew Gardens since 1975 making illustrations for Curtis's Botanical Magazine. In 1986 she began to teach classes in botanical illustration at Capel Manor College, Enfield, now located at their centre at Gunnersbury Park, Ealing, and since 1990 she has tutored scholarship students from Brazil studying at Kew under the Margaret Mee Fellowship scheme. Her work is mainly in watercolour and there are over 200 examples held in the Library collections at Kew.