The book is an eclectic collection of essays about fifty different types of wild food and the author’s adventures in foraging, hunting, fishing and cooking. The subjects range from collecting blackberries in the hedgerows of Southern England, to hunting Cape buffalo in the dusty dawn of some distant African thorn scrub. These interesting and entertaining stories are drawn from the colourful life of a very experienced recreational forager and excellent camp cook whose enduring philosophy is that the finest, most delicious food is foraged, hunted or caught in the wild.
Although the book contains many recipes, it is not a cookbook. Nor is it an instructional manual, but there are a few instructional sections on how to process certain wild foods. The book’s primary purpose is simply to entertain, with a selection of anecdotes that delve deeply into the provenance of some commonly available wild foods and others that introduce the reader to the very exotic and dangerous to procure.
Graham Chalmers was born in Zimbabwe in 1957 and grew up with the rare privilege of access to African wilderness areas. He is an expert hunter, fisherman and forager with experience of both the pleasures and dangers of the challenging African environment. Graham left Zimbabwe after finishing school education and immigrated to South Africa, where he went on to study for a business degree and post-graduate law degree. He practiced commercial law and was awarded fellowship of the Association of Arbitrators.
During his time in South Africa he developed a keen interest in game coking, often using innovative combinations of ingredients and unconventional methods of preparation to secure good results. Graham then moved to the Southern Cape coastal region, which gave him the opportunity to hone his skills as a coastal forager and angler. He moved to the UK in 200 and he know lives in Surrey. Graham has continued his interest in wild-sourced food in Britain and on his various travels through Europe and America.