Over 4 million viewers regularly watch Channel 4's River Cottage TV series and Mark Diacono has appeared in recent programmes to demonstrate his growing and gardening skills.Joining Mushrooms (20,000 copies sold), Preserves and Bread, Kitchen Garden is the fourth handbook, to be followed by Edible Seashore later in 2009.With a textured hard cover and an introduction by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Kitchen Garden is an indispensible reference.
A smallholder, environmental consultant and writer, Mark Diacono is known for his commitment to sustainable, ethically produced food. He has become synonymous with climate change growing, an approach to producing food that takes sustainable advantage of the new conditions; Otter Farm, his smallholding in East Devon, has become famous as home to the UK's first olive grove, as well as orchards of almonds, peaches and apricots. Mark also works closely with the River Cottage team, and has recently planted a kitchen garden at the River Cottage stores in Axminster.
'My team at River Cottage really know how to find and cook good, fresh food. Together we are creating a series of handbooks crammed with expert information. They will be passionate, but practical so that you can have a really useful book to hand whenever you feel the urge to forage, preserve, bake, grow or cook' Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall