Feb 282012

The Permaculture Kitchen by Carl Legge - draft manuscript
In case anyone missed me, I’m sorry for the big gap in posts for this blog.

I’ve been on a big push to get the manuscript of my first book The Permaculture Kitchen to my publisher Permanent Publications. To finish it I needed to concentrate my attention on it 100% so my blog had to take a back seat.

It’s an introduction how to cook for busy people who want to cook fresh, local, seasonal food, in a sustainable way. I’ve tried to make the recipes and ideas faff free to encourage people who don’t normally cook to start. I’ve written explanations of how to create recipes and menus on the fly with the minimum of fuss and the maximum of flavour.

The manuscript is now with editors and I wait for their feedback on my efforts. That’s a bit nerve-wracking. I’ve written lots in my professional life as a lawyer, marketer and public affairs person. To write an accessible food book is a different matter, so I’m ready for the feedback and some re-writes. There are pictures to sort and lots of design work still to do. I hope the book will come out as an e-book this summer. If  it does really well, who knows, we may do a print version.

It’s been a new experience for me to develop recipes, write the book and manage the smallholding & the rest of life. In the last year I’ve made some compromises & decisions about priorities that were difficult. Debs has been a real help to cover the gaps and keep me relatively sane.

Now I’ve broken the back of this one, I really miss the process of writing a book. So I’m planning the next ones in the hope that my publisher and, more importantly, you like what I’ve done and want more.

I’ll keep you posted on progress.


 Posted by at 11:00
Feb 072011

Knead to Know book cover
This well designed book is subtitled, ‘The introductory guide to success in baking Real Bread for your local community’.

How well does it fulfill its remit?

How far along the line from interested or amateur baker to community purveyor of Real Bread can ‘Knead to Know’ take you?

In my view, The Real Bread Campaign are to be congratulated. ‘Knead to Know’ delivers on its culinary metaphor of being a:

buffet of tasters with pointers to where you can explore and find out more about the topics you find the most appetising

My view is shaped by my particular needs. As regular readers of the blog and my twitter feed will know, I’m a keen amateur baker. And I’ve had enough good feedback about my bread to wonder about producing bread for the wider community.

So here were the questions I was hoping ‘Knead to Know’ might help me answer.

  • How would I go about setting up such a venture?
  • What are the logistics of baking from home:
    • what’s involved in scaling up domestic recipes?
    • would I manage using a domestic oven?
  • What are the rules & regulations I’d have to be aware of?
  • Were there tips and ideas for promoting the venture?
  • What product mix would be good to start with?
  • How would I work out product pricing and ingredient yield.
  • Where would I go for further information?

So how well did it do? Continue reading »

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