Mar 252014

My book being packedMy book had been printed!

I went with Debs yesterday to Cambrian Printers to see The Permaculture Kitchen being bound. The team there were brilliant. They were all very friendly and happy to explain to me what they were doing and how the machines worked. I was impressed by their calm professionalism despite a day that had started early at 6am.

The insides had all been printed and collated and the covers were printed too. I saw the insides being stitched together in a very complex machine that must have taken ages to set up correctly. The publishers decided to stitch the book so that it could be laid flat. If it was just glued into the covers, it would soon fall apart which is not what you want from a kitchen book.

Then the covers and insides were collated and glued in a massive machine – coming out of the end to be checked and packed.

The pallets of books are now on their way from the printer to the publisher. They will send me some and distribute the others to Green Shopping, Amazon and other sellers.

So. If you would like to buy a signed copy, head over to The Permaculture Kitchen section of this web site. I have PayPal set up to take orders, as soon as the books are with me I will start to send them out to you. You will also see the full copies of the testimonials I’ve received from some highly respected names in food.

I’ve also made a sub-section of resources for the book. In the book I say that there will be videos to help with bread making and they are there as promised. I’ve also included my video on how to make mayonnaise with a stick blender. If you’d like anything else from the book explained or illustrated, just let me know in the comments to the Resources page and I’ll do my best to help.

I will be at the Edible Garden Show on Saturday to sign copies and give a talk. It’d be great to see you there if you can make it.

Finally, I wanted to say thank you to all of you who have supported me through getting this book published. I really appreciate it. This is quite an adventure 🙂

 Posted by at 14:15
Mar 172014

The Permaculture Kitchen front & back cover
We have made lots of exciting progress on my book since my last post.

We’ve finished the design, layout and proofing of the book. The whole shebang went to Cambrian Printers in Aberystwyth on Friday to be printed. The pages have been printed, they now need to be cut to size, folded, stitched together and bound into the covers. Hopefully, it’ll finally be made up by this time next week. That’s very exciting for me (and for you I hope). I’ll do my best to get to the printers and take some pictures of the final stages if I can. It’ll take a little while after it’s bound for Amazon and others to have stock in their warehouses.

Book launch at the Edible Garden Show

We’ll be launching The Permaculture Kitchen at the Edible Garden Show at Alexandra Palace in North London on Saturday March 29th. I’ve been asked to do a talk and Q&A in the Expert’s Theatre from 15:10. I’ll be around the show before this and after to sign books at the Permaculture Magazine stand. Do come and say hello, it’d be great for me to see you there. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 11:13
Mar 112014

Kombucha sourdough bread finished loaves & crumbThis successful experiment could revolutionise my baking. It means that I can bake sourdough bread in 24 hours without the need to keep an active leaven refreshed.

The bread is gloriously moist and chewy as sourdough should be. This has a big malty wholemeal taste with a rich, crisp crust. It’s not at all sharp or tangy, I know I can make a more ‘sour’ loaf if I use an overnight fridge retard to extend the fermentation time.

If you’d like to find out what I did and how to make this bread, please read on.
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 Posted by at 12:25
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