Great Books for Outdoor Lovers


For Christmas I was blessed to receive a whole host of fantastic books. Lots of different people bought me lots of great books and I’m sure that if you’re reading Wild Tide then you will love them too!

Have a look and then I’ll tell you about them…

Great Books For Outdoor Lovers
Going from left to right on my bookshelf!

Getting Started at Fly Fishing for Trout by Allan Sefton

A great introductory book that takes you through everything you need to know about fly fishing, from gear to technique. I just know that this will be my fly fishing bible for year to come. As I’m hoping to go fly fish more often in 2015 this book will be very useful!

Home Smoking and Curing Hardcover by Keith Erlandson

I’ve experimented with hot smoking before but only really at a very basic level (a hot box inside a BBQ) and with varying results. This book teaches you about all variations of smoking and curing and is very easy to follow and to understand. At first I was just interested in smoking my freshly caught fish but after reading this book I’m now thinking about smoking just about everything.

The Little Book of Whittling by Chris Lubkemann

This was a total surprise gift and one that I’m very much in love with. It takes you through in simple to follow instructions how to whittle lots of things with accompanying photographs. The objects vary from useful items such as knifes and whistles to ornaments. What I like most about this book is that all you really need to take part in whittling is a small knife and a stick!

CAMARA’s Good Beer Guide 2015 by Roger Protz

This is the first Good Beer Guide I’ve owned and I can tell now that this will be a regular item on my Christmas wish list for the foreseeable future. Although some of the local choices were a bit questionable (they didn’t include The Front in Falmouth!) the book has already guided me to a fantastic pub which I would have otherwise never visited.

The Beer Book by Tim Hampson

Unlike the Good Beer Guide, this book is concerned with beers from all continents. This fascinating book isn’t quite as useful as the Good Beer Guide but is great for people who, like myself, like to visit beer shops and buy international and unusual beers. The Beer Book tells you about noteworthy beers, of all types, from all around the world. A great coffee (or beer) table book.

Nathan Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen by Nathan Outlaw

My favourite chef, Cornwall based seafood chef Nathan Outlaw, is back again with another great cookbook. This book is just as good as his last and will make you want to get creative with your catch. I like how it also includes detailed technique pages which will help newcomers to filleting. The fantastic photography gets you salivating even further once you’ve read the recipes!


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