Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs – Emma Cooper Interview

Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs cover pictureI had a lot of fun yesterday when I interviewed Emma Cooper about her new e-book, Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs as part of Emma’s virtual book tour.

Update 21st April 2015: I’m delighted Emma now has a print version of Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs that you can buy from Amazon.

Emma’s book is about unusual edibles: their history; the people who find and grow them and how to do it yourself.

We covered among other things: oca, chayote and salep; the joys & trials of growing unusual edibles; chewing gravel; dog’s balls; mouth fizzing and coconut clothing.

The interview has a lot of useful information and anecdotes from Emma and a fair amount of laughter. It runs for just over 30 minutes. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did 🙂

Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs Interview

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To purchase Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs

Buy Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs from Smashwords. There you’ll also find a book preview. The book is available in several formats, including a PDF version if you don’t have an e-reader. The price is $2.99 USD, which rises to $3.99 after publication on May 1st.

The book is also available from:

Reviews, readings and interviews

Emma pensive in pith helmetYou can catch up with Emma’s other tour dates at the following blogs:

Find out more about Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs from Emma’s blog.



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4 responses to “Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs – Emma Cooper Interview”

  1. Kitchen-Counter-Culture Avatar

    PS Here’s a piece I wrote on Tiger Nuts with some good links to even more information http://kitchencounterculture121.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/tigernuts/

  2. Kitchen-Counter-Culture Avatar

    A great interview– really enjoying listening. Carl you are a good interviewer! If you have the time and inclination, I’d love to know how you make the Achocha bread and butter pickles. Someone asked me about lacto-fermenting them and I was just inexperienced so had no thought how the texture would change….. Thanks.

  3. Emma Cooper Avatar

    Thanks for hosting a stop on my virtual book tour, Carl! What a fun time we had 🙂

    For everyone who has listened to the interview and been left wanting a bit more, Wikipedia has a nice section on what gives Electric Daisies their ‘buzz’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acmella_oleracea#Medicinal_uses) and was Joseph Paxton (head gardener at Chatsworth) who first worked out how to grow waterlillies in the UK. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Paxton)

    1. Carl Avatar

      My pleasure Emma – and thanks so much for researching the information for the daisies and waterlilies 🙂