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The Seaweed Collector's Handbook

The Seaweed Collector's Handbook

The Seaweed Collector's Handbook by Miek Zwamborn, translation: Michele Hutchison
(Profile Books, 2020, 176 pages.)

The Seaweed Collector's Handbook: From Purple Laver to Peacock’s Tail is a book filled with seaweed of all colours, immortalized in painting, praised in literature, emerged in fashion and fabric designs, prepared in tasty and nutritious dishes, supplemented with wholesome seaweed recipes from various continents. In an entertaining, poetic and astonishing cultural history of the most sensual family of water plants, Zwamborn points out all of the hidden aspects of these elegant inhabitants of the sea. The book contains sixty illustrations in full color, some of which are made by the author. The Seaweed Collector's Handbook was shortlisted for the Jan Wolkers Prijs for best nature writing in the Netherlands.