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These essays form a saucy picture of how Toronto sustains itself, from growing basil on balconies to four-star restaurants.
"The foodie book of the year" The Spectator ''An inspiring book for city dwellers who pine for the bounty of a countryside hedgerow' Sunday Times 'The forager's magic trick; To conjure a meal out of seemingly nothing and ensure you never look the same way at a neglected green space again' Daily Telegraph 'I love the idea that I could pick up dinner from a local park rather than from a shop on the way home. A book about urban forging could so easily have been worthy, but it's an entertaining read with recipes: get ready for nettle tempura...' Delicious magazine 'A man after my own heart.' Mark Hix 'That is the final act of the forager's magic trick. To conjure a meal out of seemingly nothing, and ensure you never look the same way at a neglected green space again' The Telegraph Once you start foraging, you'll never look at the city around you in the same way again. As we walk through the city with our headphones in or our eyes glued to screens, it's easy to forget that we are surrounded by wonderful things to eat. Our parks, pathways, gardens and wild spaces are crammed full of delicious, nutrient-rich plants; all we need to know is how to find them. From dandelions to winter cress, wild garlic to chickweed and ground ivy to water mint, this book takes us through a year of delicious, foraged food. Each entry is illustrated in colour to help you identify the plant and followed by a recipe using these remarkable ingredients. In The Edible City, urban forager John Rensten gives us the tools to identify, source and cook delicious food from the year-long bounty around us, whether that's nettle and three-cornered leek gnocchi, winter purslane pesto, or stinging nettle tempura. This account of a year of urban foraging is perfect for any nature lover or home cook looking for exciting new ingredients to experiment with.
Abstract: Health effects by consuming urban garden products are discussed controversially due to high urban pollution loads. We sampled wild edible mushrooms of different habitats and commercial mushroom cultivars exposed to high traffic areas within Berlin, Germany. We determined the content of cadmium and lead in the fruiting bodies and analysed how the local setting shaped the concentration patterns. EU standards for cultivated mushrooms were exceeded by 86% of the wild mushroom samples for lead and by 54% for cadmium but not by mushroom cultures. We revealed significant differences in trace metal content depending on species, trophic status, habitat and local traffic burden. Higher overall traffic burden increased trace metal content in the biomass of wild mushrooms, whereas cultivated mushrooms exposed to inner city high traffic areas had significantly lower trace metal contents. Based on these we discuss the consequences for the consumption of mushrooms originating from urban areas. Graphical abstract: Highlights: Popular edible mushrooms display large variations in Cd and Pb content. Low accumulating species are Sparassis crispa, Boletus luridus, or Boletus badius. High accumulating species are Agaricus ssp., Russula vesca, or Calvatia gigantea. Cd and Pb content in wild growing edible mushrooms were mostly above EU limits for cultivated mushrooms. Cd and Pb content in commercial mushrooms cultures were regularly below EU limits for cultivated mushrooms. Abstract : Commercial mushroom cultures can be integrated into 'Edible City' approaches, but majority of wild growing mushroom samples highly accumulate trace metals.
Including contributions from Peter Mayle, Jon Krakauer, Mort Rosenblum, and Alice Kaplan, a delightful collection of stories capture the culture, history, and spirit of the land, the food, and the irrepressible people of France, providing personal perspectives on one of the most beloved countries in the world. Original.

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