What a weekend. After attending an engagement do on Friday night on a rare visit to the big smoke, I found myself feeling a little delicate the following day, flicking through the Mail on Saturday in a sun kissed corner of Battersea park, when I came across this…WHOA!
Shameless plugging must begin somewhere, what better place than here?!
Later that day the online version was glanced at and the comments caused much hilarity and mirth, especially those that love to hate…but what do expect from those on the inside on a computer on such a wonderful spring day? I wasn’t…I used the i-phone (I notice I referenced that in the last post- I must hasten to add I am not pimping a product, honest).
So, why the press? Well, last week I got my hands on the first copy of the ‘super advance’. The book is due to hit the shelf on the 17th May (not the 4th as was suggested by the Mail). I was a little shocked to be holding a weighty hardback tome that had my name on it and my ugly mug on the front: it was all quite overwhelming. Sad thing is, I didn’t read it…I already know what happens and how it ends, but I hope to one day.
The book is so chunky, I could have done with it when I was living in the woods, if not as a chopping board then for slaying hapless fur & feather. The Publishers have done an astounding job in bringing my 6 months in the woods alive and presented it in true 'diary' style: it is packed with pictures, recipes and step by step instructions on how to do the whole thing yourself...could certainly have used it this time last year!
Now begins all the stressful personal interrogation as to the books future, but its ok, you must really back yourself if you don’t bring out the Spanish inquisition. So what’s it look like on the inside? Well why not see for yourself:
I will try to deliver a more original blog post shortly, hopefully over the weekend, spring is kicking off (although 3 weeks late this year…climate change?), I have gallons of nettle beer to make for the book launch as well as a bunch of other foraged delicacies and there are some rather tasty goodies appearing in the wild larder, ripe for scoffing and writing about. Quite a lot in the pipeline at the moment, one very fine idea, that could top the tree house and could go either way, but its all about getting out of the comfort zone…watch this space. If you have any thoughts on what the next project would make for a good blog/ book combination please send a SAE to the comments box below. Thanks!
Ps- Alex @ Just cook it, congratulations on getting down to the final three in Masterchef, shame you didn’t make the treehouse, but they have to film the show sometime! Look forward to seeing the goods…meanwhile a small tribute to you that I had for supper the other night: Lamb sweetbreads with steamed hop shoots, wild garlic mash and elderberry wine reduction. Well done!