Author(s): Tom Moggach
Growing food is different in the city - life is faster; space is tight - and our taste buds are stimulated by culinary influences from across the globe. Cities are also microclimates, a few degrees warmer than the countryside and our crops are protected from extremes of wind and frost. As a result, urban growers can bend the normal rules of gardening, stretching the growing season and experimenting with unusual crops. We have shops all around us, so we want to grow the choicest, gourmet fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers that you won't find or don't want to buy in the supermarket, but that are easy and satisfying to grow - like strawberries, chervil, pea shoots, squashes and many more. Tom offers tips for harvesting, preserving and freezing along with delicious recipes for each ingredient including Coriander Relish and Squash and Coconut Soup. With invaluable advice on how to make the most of your pots and containers, growing tips for patios, balconies, rooftops and a directory of Tom's chosen crops, this is a fun, practical and inspirational guide to growing gourmets in the city.
'Chillies on the window ledge and mouse melons on the patio. Tom Moggach sees food growing potential everywhere and shows you how to turn it into imaginative meals.' Lindsey Bareham, food writer 'Tom has captured his knowledge, vast experience and infectious passion for growing and cooking in this exciting new book for urban gardeners. He shows that even the smallest of outdoor spaces can be productive and hugely rewarding.' Joe Swift, garden designer and broadcaster 'Tom Moggach offers a lesson on how to make greens exciting for children - with help from his mouse melons.' Evening Standard 'I loved this book: the tone is encouraging and enthusiastic, the recipes mouth-watering and the photos by Laura Hynd are beautiful, making this the ultimate edible gardener's guide.' BBC Gardens Illustrated 'He aims to revolutionise the way we cook and believes that with a few unusual finishing touches of exotic herbs, busy folks can make instantly interesting meals.' Metro 'Great for gardening beginners, it takes different fruit, vegetables, herbs and even edible flowers, and tells you how t grow them, including tips and recipes for cooking with your home-grown bounty.' Grazia 'A fun, quirky guide that not only offers 150 recipes that you actually want to try, but plenty of practical advice for growing in a small space.' The Edible Garden
Tom Moggach runs City Leaf, an urban gardening company in London, and teaches people of all ages to grow and cook their own food. As a food journalist, he has written for the Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Financial Times and has reported for The Food Programme (Radio 4). He lives in London with his wife and daughter.