Mark Diacono

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Mark Diacono is a food writer, grower and photographer, who has published seven books. In 2015, he won the André Simon Food Book of the Year 2014[1] for his book A Year at Otter Farm, and in 2011 he was awarded Food Book of the Year for A Taste of the Unexpected by the Guild of Food Writers.

He established a smallholding, Otter Farm, near Honiton in East Devon, England.[2][3] In 2016 Otter Farm was featured on Grand Designs when Mark and wife Candida contracted the build of a farmhouse and adjoining cookery school in steel frame and cob.[4]

He has a long association with River Cottage, having appeared in the TV series, run courses, written books and led the garden team there.[5]

Mark has a First Class degree, and an MSc (Distinction) in Environmental Planning and Management from Oxford Brookes University.

Books[edit]

  • Veg Patch: River Cottage Handbook No.4 (2009)
  • A Taste of the Unexpected (2010)
  • Fruit: River Cottage Handbook No. 9 (2011)
  • The Speedy Vegetable Garden (2013)
  • Chicken & Eggs: River Cottage Handbook No.11 (2013)
  • A Year at Otter Farm (2014)
  • The New Kitchen Garden (2015)

Photography only

  • Herbs: River Cottage Handbook No. 10 (2012)
  • My Cool Allotment: An Inspirational Guide to Stylish Allotments and Community Gardens (2013)

Awards[edit]

  • André Simon Food Book of the Year 2014[6]
  • Guild of Food Writers: Food Book of the Year (2011)[7]
  • Garden Media Guild: Book Photographer of the Year (2013)
  • Garden Media Guild: Journalist of the Year (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Past Winners of the André Simon Food Book of the Year". André Simon. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  2. ^ "The growing pains of Otter Farm". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Property Address: Otter Farm". East Devon District Council. East Devon District Council. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  4. ^ Magazine, Grand Designs. "New TV series: The Farmhouse - Grand Designs Magazine". www.granddesignsmagazine.com. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  5. ^ "Strange fruit: The secrets of the River Cottage garden". Independent. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Past Winners of the André Simon Food Book of the Year". André Simon. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Guild of Food Writers, Stop Press! Awards 2011 – Winners". Retrieved 5 June 2017.

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