As the New Urban Farmer, Celia Brooks Brown has been detailing the day-to-day goings on at her North London allotment since April 2007 through her blog for the Times Online and March 2010 sees the launch of her monthly column, 'Grow to Eat', in BBC Good Food Magazine. Having previously published six books on vergetarian cooking, she has also made countless appearances on TV, including Saturday Kitchen and Market Kitchen, In addition, Celia runs her own business conducting gastranomic tours of London's culinary hotspots.
For anyone starting out on the grow-your-own route it can all seem like hard labour with very little pleasure. To find out what joys are to come, New Urban Farmer is recommended as a first-class introduction to the delights of growing to eat. It’s a journey through the growing year, partly a diary, partly a manual and very much to do with eating with delicious recipes to follow. A visual treat, the photographs are superb, the advice good and inspiration on every page for both lucky allotment holders and tremulous beginners with just a window box and a few pots. Like for Like ReadingTender, Vol One: A Cook and his Vegetable Patch, Nigel SlaterSarah Raven’s Garden Cookbook, Sarah Raven