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A Taste of the Unexpected

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  6 reviews
River Cottage head gardener Mark Diacono reveals that it is no harder to grow the unusual and utterly delicious than it is the entirely ordinary.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Quadrille Publishing
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Emma Cooper
This is a book about growing food and eating it. Mark Diacono is a cross between Jamie Oliver (who got stuck into growing his own food and loved it) and Nigella Lawson (who is all about decadence and taking an almost obscene amount of pleasure in your food).

In the introduction to 'A taste of the unexpected' he lays out his gardening philosophy, which is that (unless striving for self-sufficiency) we shouldn't waste our time growing the mundane staples that so often fill our plots, but should rat
Apr 01, 2012 Donna rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This was a bit different to other veg gardening books I have read. It doesn't include the usual suspects of carrots, spuds and tomatoes, but tells you to make a wishlist of things you would like to eat and then see if it is possible to grow them. And surprisingly you can actually grow quite a few unusual things in the UK.
The book includes fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds, herbs.
I like the way Mark Diacono writes and regularly read his blog posts.
This book certainly gives you things to think abou
Maya Panika
Mark Diacono believes that, unless we have unlimited space (and time) we should stop growing cheap staples like cabbages and potatoes and start growing rare and special things instead. I think it’s possible to do both (and would highly recommend The Edible Container Garden by Michael Guerra to those space-challenged gardeners seriously contemplating creating a more productive garden).

But as an ideas book, as well as a practical guide, this is an entertaining, inspiring and enjoyable read for any
Alberta Ross
A Taste of the Unexpected by Mark Diacono

So tasty - will have to try growing some of these unusual edibles. They could all grow in this country so worth a try.

Mark Diacono has decided not to grow the edibles that are readily available in our shops but instead to concentrate on such as blue honeysuckle, guava, allspice, oca or walking onions amongst the many unusaul fruits nut and vegetable in this book. Explaining which parts of the plants and what growing conditions they need

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Xander Schofield
This book has really encouraged me to try different and weird plants in the garden all with the aim of converting them into tasty food. Amazing gardening book and cook book!
And Mark Diacono is the most charming man you could ever meet! You just hang on his every word cause the way he talks is so charismatic
Really lovely, inspiring book.
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