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A Handbook of Scotland's Wild Harvests updated for 2015


A fully revised edition of our hugely popular A Handbook of Scotland's Wild Harvests is published on Thursday 22 October. Featuring delicious recipes such as blaeberry muffins, it provides all you need to know about the plants, fungi, berries and seaweeds that can be found in Scotland's natural larder.

Plus, it covers the saps, seeds, mosses and woods that can be foraged and used for a thousand different purposes - from firewood and craft materials to natural remedies and homemade wines.

Top chef Andrew Fairlie, whose restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles is the only one in Scotland with two Michelin stars, said: “The exciting thing about this book is the number of unusual flavours and species it highlights.

“We are lucky to have such a fantastic variety of edible wild mushrooms, plants and seaweeds in Scotland, making us the envy of top chefs around the world, and this inspiring resource comes at the perfect time.”  

A Handbook of Scotland’s Wild Harvests is a guide to sustainable, responsible foraging and is full of invaluable know-how about the natural bounty found in Scotland’s countryside and cities. Edited by Fi Martynoga and drawing on the expert knowledge of the Scottish Wild Harvests Association and its sister environmental charity Reforesting Scotland, this book features information about the habitat, history, uses, lore and identification of each individual species commonly found in Scotland.

For Fi Martynoga, the handbook's USP is its strong focus on safe and sustainable foraging. She added: “Our woods, hedgerows and seashores have so much to offer and whatever your level of experience, this authoritative reference is an essential guide.”

A Handbook of Scotland’s Wild Harvests is a companion to A Handbook of Scotland's Trees (also updated in 2015) and the newly released A Handbook of Scotland's Coasts. In 2016 we'll be bringing out the next book in the series: A Handbook of Scotland's History.

Healthcare is on the brink of a revolution...

How we diagnose and combat disease is about to change forever… and will dramatically extend and improve our lives, according to The Personalized Medicine Revolution by Dr Pieter Cullis, published on 8 October 2015.


In this, the first general-audience book on a radical new approach to medicine, Dr Cullis explains clearly just how the healthcare of tomorrow will work – and what it means for you.

Dr Cullis argues that technological advances will soon completely overhaul our methods of treating – and preventing – global health scourges such as diabetes, cancer, depression, dementia and heart disease.

In the near future, we will no longer treat disease per se. Instead, we will treat individuals, based on their singular molecular make-up.

So today’s one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare – for example, if you have high cholesterol then you must take statins – will totally change. Your genetics may determine that statins won’t work for you, or even that they will cause harm, and therefore an alternative treatment would be more effective.

Using genetic information to treat disease will of course utterly transform healthcare and the role of doctors, pharmaceutical companies and even patients, creating a minefield of moral and practical issues: Who will have access to the highly sensitive data? Who will fund research when mass prescription drugs are finished?

With an introduction by Dr Angeli Mehta explaining the British perspective, The Personalized Medicine Revolution looks at the implications for all of us, and helps us to take charge of our health in a completely new era.

The essential new guide to the spectacular Scottish coastline

A Handbook of Scotland’s Coasts, published on 24 September 2015, is an inspirational resource for those who want to discover more about the thousands of miles of Scotland’s extraordinarily diverse coastline.


Written by some of Scotland’s top experts on nature, history, culture, geology and foraging 

Includes a guide to the islands and lots of suggestions for great days out

The handbook covers everything you could want to know about Scotland’s coasts: its geology, wildlife, plants and foraging opportunities, along with indispensable guides to coastal culture and the Scottish islands.

Fi Matrynoga, the book’s editor and author of the sections on foraging and 'Great Days Out', said: "Most of us love the seaside. Scotland’s wildly indented coast abounds in possibilities. This book is intended to feed your natural delight in getting to the coast.

"Each chapter is written by some of Scotland’s best writers, who really know and love their subjects. It is a sharing of enthusiasm for places to explore and things you might do once you leave your car or bike and get right down to the shore."

Contributors to the book include Jim Crumley, a leading Scottish nature writer whose recent books include The Eagle’s Way and Nature’s Architect. Ian Stephen, a sailor, artist and author – whose novel A Book of Death & Fish was named best book of 2014 in several media polls – writes about the Scottish islands.

Michael Kerrigan is the author of some 30 books on history and culture, and is a critic for The Scotsman and the London Review of Books. Ronald Turnbull, a prolific writer and photographer of the Scottish outdoors adds his idiosyncratic turn of phrase to the geology chapter.

A Handbook of Scotland’s Coasts is the third in Saraband’s Handbook series, following on from A Handbook of Scotland’s Trees and A Handbook of Scotland’s Wild Harvests. The fourth title, A Handbook of Scotland’s History, will be published in 2016.

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