Wednesday, 7 January 2015


This book is a delight, a little confused but in a really good way, an identity crisis, unsure whether to be a gardening book or a cookbook. Greatfully it is both of these things. From sinking a seed into the soil through to sitting down to enjoy a meal made with vegetables and fruits harvested right outside your back door. 

The best way to get fresh, tasty ingredients is to grow your own. This book shows a real passion for food and is filled with practical, useful information for both novices and seasoned gardeners alike. What to grow, when, where and how each month of the year, including growing in containers, composting and more. It also provides advice on how all the resulting delicious produce should be best prepared, cooked, stored or preserved. 

The book provides excellent seasonal recipes to turn your produce in to delicious home-grown meals, from over 35 of the biggest names in food. The recipes are easy to follow and they inspire you to want to grow stuff yourself (rather than simply buy it) just to then eat it.

So whether you’re a complete novice or growing your own for years, or just love exploring where your food comes from, Grow Cook Eat, is the book for you. So grow some of your own food! Sow seeds and harvest change. For a healthy, happy world, where people grow some of their food, this book will inspire & inform you. I only wish this book had been around when I started my own food journey, growing some of my own food. 

Grow Cook Eat, by Michael Kelly, and published by GIY Ireland is available now from all good book stores and online. All proceeds from sales will be invested back into the GIY movement and will go towards funding Grow HQ, the organisation’s national food education centre, which will open in Waterford in 2015 on a three-acre site at Ardkeen. For more information on the GIY movement please see and

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