The Alternative Kitchen Garden: an A to Z

The exciting debut book by the Unconventional Gardener, Emma Cooper

The Alternative Kitchen Garden: An A to Z, by Emma Cooper

In The Alternative Kitchen Garden: An A to Z, Emma Cooper introduces us to her diverse back garden of exotic food and sustainable gardening. With easily accessible A-Z information and beautiful colour photographs this is an entertaining and very useful guide for anyone wanting to grow their own.

Publisher: Permanent Publications
ISBN-13: 9781856230469
ISBN-10: 1856230465
376 pages, 190 colour photographs
RRP £14.95
North American distribution: Chelsea Green

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Praise for The Alternative Kitchen Garden: An A to Z

“Emma’s gift is in breaking down barriers, inviting us into the resulting space and presenting numerous ingenious opportunities to fill it. What and how we do this is up to each individual. Now I’m off to sow some quinoa.” Mark Diacono, author of A Taste of the Unexpected, taken from his Foreword.

“An indispensable compendium for a new generation of eco-conscious kitchen gardeners.” Elspeth Thompson, The Sunday Telegraph gardening columnist

“An ideal companion for anyone getting dirt under their fingernails for the first time.” Tracey Smith, writer / broadcaster on sustainable living, author of The Book of Rubbish Ideas

“Emma’s style is light and friendly yet at the same time informative and based on personal experience…. A dual purpose book – a concise and valuable practical guide, but at the same time a lovely little read for the deck chair or hammock!” Graham Burnett, permaculture teacher and author

“Emma Cooper is an unstoppable force, one of life’s positive people, and The Alternative Kitchen Garden sets out her inspiring personal vision of how to grow your own.” Emma Townshend, Independent on Sunday gardening columnist

“Hallelujah – a kitchen garden handbook for the genuine newbie. Instead of dry facts and statistics, here you have a description of the life and soul of a garden.” Corrina Gordon-Barnes, award-winning writer of The World Needs Your Passion web site

“The Alternative Kitchen Garden is not just an A-Z, it is an inspirational tour of an edible garden that can be recreated in the smallest of backyards. An essential guide for a new generation of gardeners who are keen to join the kitchen garden revolution.” Karen Cannard, blogger and author of The Rubbish Diet

Reviews and interviews

Amazon UK
Bifurcated Carrots
City Bumpkin
Garden Monkey’s Book Flange
Green (Living) Review
Green Tapestry
Google Books
Nature With Me
Permaculture Magazine no. 61
Popcorn Homestead
Ryan’s Garden
Subsistence Pattern
The Cottage Smallholder
The Ecologist
There Goes Rhymin Simon
Veg Plotting
Where the blogs have no name


‘The Alternative Kitchen Garden: An A to Z’ was printed without an index.

One or two readers have mentioned that they thought an index would be helpful, and so I have been working on one. You can download it in PDF format here; if you are going to print it out then pick the right version – A4 or US Letter pages – but otherwise the two files are identical.

This is my first ever attempt at creating an index, and you’ll note that it has a ‘last updated’ date at the end. If you find a mistake in the index, or an omission, then I hope you will contact me so that I can fix it and upload a new version!

These index files were last updated on 25th April 2011: