Every once in awhile a really absorbing book crosses our desk. One such book is Mark Diacono's A Taste of the Unexpected . He quite rightly believes that it is a waste of time and effort growing the usual fruit and veg available on the supermarket shelves, they are usually cheap to buy and don't taste that much different to what's available at the shops.
In A Taste of the Unexpected Mark discusses growing the more unusual fruit and vegetables – Tree Fruit, Nuts, Soft Fruit, Herbs & Spices, Beans & Greens, Leaves & Flowers and Buried Treasures. He reveals that it is no harder to grow the unusual and utterly delicious than it is the entirely ordinary.
Each chapter gives fundamental advice on conditions each plant thrives on, varieties available, growing methods and process of harvesting. In addition he includes a number of mouthwatering recipes for all of the crops featured.
The book is winner of the Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the Year Award 2011. Author, Mark Diacono, is head gardener at River Cottage and owner of Otter Farm, which has become known as the 'Climate Change Farm.' On his farm in Devon, Mark grows gourmet delights such as gojiberries, Egyptian walking onions, kai lan, salsify, Chilean guava, day lilies and Szechuan pepper.
ong>River Cottage puts it “…I believe that this is a book that will, if you let it, if you really use it, change how and what you grow, what you cook and how you eat, forever and for the better.”
It is a book that we will definitely be using as a constant source of reference at Wickedfood Earth.
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