The Sunday Sun talks to Duncan Mackay about Eat Wild

Excerpted from interview with Duncan in the Sunday Sun.

Going wild in the country kitchen
Apr 25 2010 by Tom Mullen, Sunday Sun

FORGET fast food . . . why not forage for “feral food” in the North countryside?

That’s the message from author Duncan Mackay, who has penned a book all about how to live off the land.

From wild plants and herbs to crab-apple jelly and hidden shellfish, Duncan shows how foraged nosh can be just as tasty as top-class restaurant fodder – and at a fraction of the price.

Mushroom and shellfish “surf and turf”, nettle soup and the juiciest wild-berry fruit salads are all described within the pages of Eat Wild, set to hit bookshops next month.

It is the culmination of a long journey for the author, who has been interested in foraging since his childhood and university days.

“I always say it’s a kind of ‘inconvenience food’ rather than convenience food,” the 56-year-old, who grew up in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, said.

“It’s not like shopping, where you go out with a list. It’s about careful discovery and taking your time, changing gear and slowing down.

“I want to encourage people to get out into the outdoors so I’ve shied away from strange animals, roadkill and things like that. It’s about mushrooms, fungi and plants. Nibbling at the edges of nature.”