PK Podcast 040: Miles Irving On Wild Foods, Foraging, Health And Connecting With Nature

PK Podcast 040: Miles Irving On Wild Foods, Foraging, Health And Connecting With Nature

Miles Irving, is one of the foremost professional foragers in the UK, author of The Forager Handbook, founder and director of Forager Ltd and host of the WorldWild podcast.

Miles’s interest in foraging goes back to his childhood but a chance conversation led to him turning this interest into a career. Miles was able to start supplying restaurants with foraged plants and this quickly expanded, ultimately leading to him to supplying well-known chefs and restaurants such as Jamie Oliver, Mark Hix, Heston Blumenthal and The Ivy.

His company Forager Ltd has expanded to source nearly 500 wild ingredients and Miles has grown to be one of the most respected professional foragers. Miles continues to push the boundaries of wild food and advocates the reintroduction of foraged foods into regular diets. His Foraging Manifesto is well worth reading. Links to this and other aspects of our conversation can be found further down this page.

Directly below you can play our conversation which is both wide-ranging and in-depth…. Our conversation forms Episode 40 of the Paul Kirtley Podcast…

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Books Mentioned

People Mentioned In This Podcast

John Akeroyd
Michel Bras
François Couplan
Samuel Thayer
Marc Veyrat

Other Links For This Podcast

Born to be Wild: A Foraging Manifesto
Miles’s Courses
The WorldWild Podcast
Forager on Instagram
‘Exceptional’ chef Liu Jun cooked, killed by death cap mushrooms

Miles Irving foraging. Photo courtesy of Miles Irving.

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6 thoughts on “PK Podcast 040: Miles Irving On Wild Foods, Foraging, Health And Connecting With Nature

  1. Fascinating conversation. I would call myself a forager and a wannabe bushcrafter so to have you both sharing your stories together was a blast!

  2. Excellent conversation Paul, very inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

    It struck me that Miles and Will Lord are kindred spirits.

    All the best


  3. I enjoy almost all your podcasts but this was another level. Great to hear all the tangents because it was a proper conversation and not an interview. I really connected with his ideas of humans returning to their place in the ecosystem. Rewilding people not just landscapes. I als enjoyed his rant about the food industry. Thanks Paul.

    1. Thank you for your feedback Les. I’m glad you enjoyed this conversation in particular, as did I.

      Lots to think about indeed.

      Warm regards,


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