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A Year at Otter Farm


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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.

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Mark Diacono is an award-winning writer and photographer. Known for his commitment to sustainable, ethically produced food, Mark was head of the Garden Team at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage for many years before setting up Otter Farm, the Britain's first and only climate change farm. @MarkDoc / @OtterFarmUK /


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 *
Gorgeous * Women & Home Feel Good Food *
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 *

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