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Reviews

Thane Prince |
Friday, 20th June 2014
When someone you know only slightly, but whom you respect, asks you to read their cookbook, your heart has to sink just a little. You like this person; you admire them, but a cookbook? We writers of such books know how much craft goes into... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 19th June 2014
Having gone to Devon with my family, only to find that the AGA we had intended to use had failed, the Bon-Fire outdoor kitchen was pressed into full time service. I managed to very successfully cook a range of meals for nine people on it for several... more
 
Martin Holme |
Friday, 13th June 2014
In the UK there are some trail-blazers when it comes to 'ecobuilding'. Firstly, Ben Law whose beautiful house in a Sussex wood was featured on Channel 4's Grand Designs more than 10 years ago and secondly Tony Wrench's roundhouse at Brithdir Mawr in... more
 
Glennie Kindred |
Wednesday, 21st May 2014
As with everything written and compiled by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal, this interesting little book has its basis in sound medicinal herbalism, and helps us to deepen our understanding of how to use herbs. They include many of the... more
 
Jennifer Lauruol |
Monday, 12th May 2014
I read this very attractive book with interest, as I am always looking for ways to explain gardening with permanent edible plants to my garden design clients. Anni Kelsey usefully describes how to grow and manage a rich polyculture of edible plants... more
 
Joan Bailey |
Saturday, 3rd May 2014
One of Jack Lazor’s first pieces of advice in The Organic Grain Grower, his first book, is to find a mentor, someone already growing grain to offer support along the way. While Lazor’s primary goal is to resurrect the tradition of grain cultivation... more
 
Helen Moore |
Wednesday, 30th April 2014
Could the twin urges in my life - to know myself deeper and, in the face of ecocidal capitalism, an increasingly radical sensibility - actually have their roots in the same impulse? Paul Cudenec’s passionately argued book, The Anarchist Revelation,... more
 
John Adams |
Friday, 25th April 2014
If you are a regular reader of this column, you will probably already know I am a bit of a Helle fan.  To date I own and use three of their wonderful full tang knives. While I do use them quite a lot I tend not to wear them on my person.The reason... more
 
Ian Mowll |
Wednesday, 16th April 2014
This book is refreshingly gutsy and down-to-earth. It is written by Francisco Van der Hoff Boersma who was a co-founder of Fairtrade. The author is a Dutch worker-priest with doctorates in economics and theology. For more than 30 years he worked in... more
 
Phillip Moore |
Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Artist, activist, and musician turned filmmaker, Peter Charles Downey, presents an inquiry into the state of the world from a Gaian perspective. He pulls together an eclectic array of imagery alongside a heavyweight roster of interviewees (Vandana... more
 

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