A Year at Otter Farm Hardcover – 5 Jun 2014
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Encyclopaedic and accessible ... Diacono paints a wonderful picture of a farm life (Guardian)
Brimming with off-the-beaten-track recipes and novel ideas ... This is a tale of culinary adventure (Sunday Telegraph)
It's thrilling to have Mark Diacono's account of what it is like actually to live the dream . a useful country companion/cookbook (Carolyn Hart Daily Telegraph)
Excellent . full of gardening advice and palate-teasing recipes, from cucumber ice cream to quince doughnuts (Delicious)
Splendid (Bee Wilson Sunday Telegraph)
... back at home, I have Mark Diacono's gooseberry salsa recipe in A Year at Otter Farm waiting for me: cooked in vinegar with sugar, then infused with shallots, mint, chives and lime; Diacono suggests serving it with smoked mackerel. I obey. And then I am torn between weeping at what I've been missing, and doing air-punches at the idea that from now on, gooseberries are on the menu. Big time (Emma Townshend Independent 2014-06-20)
Gorgeous (Women & Home Feel Good Food 2014-06-01)
The recipes are short, simple in methodology and easy to follow. The photos ... portray the kaleidoscopic reach of this agriculture venture beautifully (English Garden)
Perfect for the gardener seeking inventive ways of using their produce (Grow Your Own)
Beautiful photographs, and food I can't wait to cook (Saga)
The one to pluck out from the rest (Best Books of 2014 Financial Times)
Beautiful (BBC Countrylife)
A visual treat (English Garden)
Delicious sounding dishes, beautifully photographed (BBC Countrylife)
Pioneering gardener Mark Diacono's vivid account of living, growing and cooking on his adventurous British smallholding, filled with practical advice, seasonal tales and inspiring recipes.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
It is a wonderful book, full of ideas both for growing and cooking interspersed with inspirational writing. If you love food, buy it. If you love gardening, buy it. If you love good writing, buy it. Basically, you should buy this book. If you're looking at this book and have got as far as reading the reviews, I recommend that you take a chance as I don't believe you will be disappointed.
The Otter Farm website (and blog) is also worth a look. Mark Diacono is clearly passionate about what he does, caring about the land, animals and plants and appreciating opportunities for growing such a wide range of produce. If I had the land and the time I'd love to replicate what he has done and never need to visit a supermarket again!
You can probably tell that I'm a very happy customer!
Make me want to have my own little piece of land to grow things , maybe ill get an allotment :-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book arrived on time and was well packaged. I have only just begun reading it and so far it is full of facts and articles that make me smile. Read morePublished 5 days ago by shirley bartlett
If this book doesn't have you out in the garden enthusiastically planting a quince or mulberry tree then nothing will! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Naomi Devlin
Brilliant read, very entertaining and informative. If you just want informative then don't buy this book. This book is philosophical as well as factual.Published 15 months ago by MR J L HAYLEY
Lovely boom with beautiful pictures and recipes. I enjoyed reading this book. It would make a lovely giftPublished 18 months ago by Mrs M Hayes
A gift to a dear friend for Christmas who took it to France over New Year and bought it back to UK because she was so enchanted by itPublished 18 months ago by Mrs Jacoba Oldham