Adele Nozedar is an author, a food writer and a passionate forager. Her books include Foraging with Kids, The Hedgerow Handbook, and The Garden Forager. A keen forager, Adele has led walks in most parts of the UK as well as in Spain, Italy, Greece and India. She is the founder of Brecon Beacons Foraging, which offers regular foraging courses designed to scintillate the senses and help us find the edible plants that are all around us.
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Both rich in detail and beautifully personal, this celebration of extraordinary trees will change the way you view arboreal life forever. From Apple to Quince, Beech to Yew, The Tree Forager is a stunning, illustrated guide to the history, medicinal properties and edible wonders of 40 precious trees. What Adele Nozedar doesn’t know about these trees isn’t worth knowing! She writes lyrically about her own experiences and knowledge, sharing insightful musings and a dash of humour to bring her extensive research and recipes to life (Christmas Tree Tea and Hazlenut Cracknell are top of the list to try). Her passion for nature and foraging is infectious. A few chapters in and you’ll find yourself gazing out of the window – or taking an unexpected walk – just to explore the trees in your own neighbourhood. What’s their history? How do they support local wildlife? Can their fruit, nuts or leaves be eaten for dinner? All questions you’ve probably never thought about until now. This is a magical little book that inspires and illuminates at every turn. And it’s also a book with a few hefty calls to action: asking us all to explore and respect the trees around us, enjoy their harvests responsibly and replace those under threat with the planting of new. Given some species like Magnolia have been around since the dinosaurs walked the earth, it seems only fair to give a little back. This is the best type of non-fiction you can find: captivating, thought-provoking…and fun.
What better way to encourage children to connect with the natural world than with the promise of tasty treats? There’s an abundance of wild delights available in our gardens, parks, seas and forests, and foraging expert, Adele Nozedar, celebrates 52 beauties in this inspiring guide for families and classrooms. Each wondrous plant or tree, fungi or herb is given its own moment in the spotlight - Nozedar cleverly weaving together fascinating facts, folklore and recipe ideas to bring these diverse specimens to life. Who knew that Daisies made the ideal bruise salve, or that Nettles are used to colour and flavour Haribo sweets? That Chicken of the Woods, the striking fungi that grows shelf-like on the side of trees actually tastes like chicken…and that adding some humble Sticky Grass to your omelette will give it that extra bit of zing?! Foraging with Kids is intuitively categorised and perfectly pitched. Not played down for adults, or too wordy for younger readers, it has a level of detail bound to keep curious minds busy! A special mention too for Lizzie Harper’s stunning botanical illustrations. The intricate drawings lend themselves to a spot of colouring-in, as well as being a much-needed visual reference for those new to the art of foraging. This practical book can be dipped in and out of as the seasons change or our mealtimes demand something a little different. And with the cost of food forever rocketing, it feels like this timely meditation on our natural larder couldn’t have come at a better time.
Great British Sweets is a gloriously indulgent celebration of our Great British love affair with sweet-making and good old-fashioned confectionery. From pear drops to humbugs, honeycomb confections to liquorice, coconut ice to sugar mice, Nozedar gives us the rich history of these classic sweets along with over 50 easy-to-follow recipes for how to make them at home. You can make your own Macaroon Bars. You can have a go at homemade Humbugs. You can create a giant Curly Wurly bar. Or rustle up some lovely Liquorice.
Revitalise your recipes with the joys and satisfaction of foraged ingredients from your garden and beyond. In high-end restaurants and in the home, more and more cooks have unearthed the pleasures of using natural, foraged ingredients. But, what few realise is that you don't necessarily have to go rootling in hedgerows or woodlands to find them. Many of our own gardens contain an abundance of edible and medicinal plants, grown mainly for their ornamental appearance. Most gardeners are completely unaware that what they have actually planted is a rather exotic kitchen garden. The Garden Forager explores over 40 of the most popular garden plants that have edible, medicinal or even cosmetic potential, accompanied by recipes, remedies, and interesting facts, and illustrated throughout in exquisite watercolours by Lizzie Harper. This beautifully illustrated book redefines how we look at our gardens and unleashes the unknown potential of everyday plants - making it a must-have for anyone interested in gardening, cooking, or foraging. 'jammed full of fascinating garden lore, culinary history and clever recipes' Susan Low, Delicious
We all know about them. We've all had them. But let's face it; we don't have a clue what they mean. They're freaky dreams. From talking pets and naked friends to apocalypses and prophecies, this is an assorted compendium of dreams - the weird, the wacky, and yes, the somewhat disturbing. Author Adele Nozedar (The Element Encyclopedia of Signs & Symbols) is compiling the freakiest dreams from around the world, each ranked with its own freak-o-meter rating, and offering an analysis. As you browse through the dreams and the accompanying signs and symbols, you'll learn how to look for the symbolism in your own dreams and analyse them for yourself. Complete with tips on how to have a lucid dream (the kind where you know you're dreaming and can even control it), fun fact boxes explaining dream theory, and even a small journal section at the back of the book for writing down your dreams, this is the ideal book for your bedside table. The book also includes case studies from famous people who have had freaky dreams that led to great creative moments. Mary Wollstonecraft actually had a dream about her famous monster at the tender age of 19, before she put pen to paper to write her masterpiece Frankenstein. Paul McCartney claims that during the filming of the Beatles' movie, Help, he was taking a nap and the song 'Yesterday' came to him fully formed in a dream. The inventor of the sewing machine, Elias Howe solved the design of the machine's needle one night when he dreamt that angry natives had taken him prisoner and were shaking their pointy spears at him. The spears had holes near their sharp tips and this gave him the eureka moment he needed to refine his machine. So the next time you wake up confused, embarrassed, ashamed, or oddly aroused, you'll be able to figure out why.
Angels: they're pretty much a fashion item these days. It seems that everywhere you look there are sky-gazing cherubs, cute little angel dolls with glittery wings, angels on t-shirts, shopping bags, bumper stickers. You can apparently find an angel to help you with anthing you like, from fixing your bike to finding the perfect partner. We're told that they can help with filling out a tax return or choosing a hairstyle. 'Angelology' has become very big business. But why should this be? Taking the premise that there's no smoke without fire, The Magic of Angels seeks to discover the truth about Angels and Angelic energies, to strip away the veneer of popular misconceptions about these powerful forces, and to discover how we can all bring the true magic of Angels into our lives.
Unlock the lost and hidden meanings of the world's ancient and modern signs and symbols with the latest in the hugely popular series of 'Element Encyclopedias'. This is the biggest A-Z reference book on symbolic objects you'll ever find. The latest in the popular series of 'Element Encyclopedias', this is the largest, most definitive guide to the secret and ancient knowledge of signs and symbols, some of which has been lost over thousands of years. Why is the eye believed to be a powerful symbol of protection by fishermen? Why do Masonic Temples have a black and white chequered floor covering? Why do Hindus use coloured rice powder to draw elaborate symbols in front of their homes, only to have these patterns destroyed every day by footprints? What are the hidden meanings behind the symbols on the American dollar? What is the most important symbol in the World? Divided into easy-to-follow A-Z themed sections, the book answers all these questions and more, from sections on Magic and Mystery, Deities and Rituals, the Animal and Plant Kingdom, Landscape and the Elements, to Food and Sacred Geometry. Find out about the secret Demonic alphabet and Script of the Magi, the Glastonbury Zodiac, the Masonic Compass, the Eye of Horus, Native American hunting symbols, the Caduceus and the Indian Diwali ritual. Element Encyclopedia of Secret Signs and Symbols is a fascinating compendium of the hidden meanings behind the most important visual symbols in the world.