This week a book arrived in the post. Always a good thing. I didn't pay for the book as it is a review copy which has also to be a good thing, although to be honest I would have happily paid and if you read my earlier review of Toby Buckland's book you will see that getting a review copy does not equate to unqualified adulation in the review. I did like Toby's book, mind, just not enough to buy it.
This book is Mark Diacono's Taste of the Unexpected. Mark is the head gardener at River Cottage and in his own garden at Otter Farm he grows unexpected and delightful things to eat. This book is an encouragement to us all to break out of the ruts full of potatoes and carrots in which we all plod and have a go at new and unusual fruit and vegetables.
I can't review it yet because I am still reading it and probably will be for a bit because it bears close attention and I am still thinking about it. This is unusual for me. Normally I'm a bit of a skimmer and a rusher and a reader until two in the morning because I just can't bear to stop.
So this is a bit of a non blog really! It's not a review, because I am not ready yet. It's more of a little skippety bounce about how lucky I am to be able read interesting books and, if not get paid for it (now that would be something wouldn't it), at least not be out of pocket.
Sorry, can't stay, off to knock off another chapter before we go out to the pub. Oh I do like my life sometimes!