Mark Diacono is lucky enough to spend most of his time eating, growing, writing and talking about food. His A Year at Otter Farm and A Taste of the Unexpected both won Food Book of the Year, for André Simon and the Guild of Food Writers respectively. Known for growing everything from Szechuan pepper to pecans to Asian pears, Mark's refreshing approach to growing and eating has done much to inspire a new generation to grow some of what they eat. He was involved with River Cottage, appearing in the TV series, running courses and events at River Cottage HQ, and he has written four River Cottage books. Mark also writes regularly for a range of publications including the Telegraph and Country Life, and his features have appeared in the Observer, Guardian, National Geographic, and others. Mark's books with Quadrille include Taste of the Unexpected (2010), Sour (2019), Herb (2021), and From Scratch: Ferment (2022).