Heirloom Vegetables

When: 7pm Thursday 4 September

Where: Books for Cooks (@Birdman Eating 228 Gertrude St - just across the road)

Price: $55 (includes tastes, drinks, a signed copy of Simon Rickard’s Heirloom Vegetables: a guide to their history & varieties’, & a Books for Cooks voucher (or $10 without book)) via Eventbrite or below.

Perhaps best known as the former head gardener at the Diggers Club, where he oversaw the gardens at Heronswood and the Garden of St Erth until 2009, Simon Rickard is a true Renaissance man.

Heritage gardener, heirloom fruit & vegetable historian, gardener to chefs, plantsman, baroque bassonist, showman, tv gardener, journalist and now author!

Heirloom VegetablesWe’re really excited to be having a chat over a few veggies & a glass of wine or two with Simon on Thursday 4 September to celebrate the launch of his first book Heirloom Vegetables: a guide to their history & varieties published by Lantern

Heirloom Vegetables explores and celebrates the beauty, history and diversity of heirloom vegetables according to their various families. Following on an explantion of what is an heirloom vegetable and why they are important to us, detailed stories for each heritage vegetable are accompanied by glorious photographs.

Have you ever encountered vegetables called “Lobbericher”, “Sicilian Purple”, “White Egg”, “Rat’s Tail”, “Snowflake” or “Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter”?

The book concludes with practical advice on how to grow your own heirloom vegetables drawing on Simon’s vast experience working at Heronswood, the Garden of St Erth and later as market gardener for the award winning Annie Smithers Bistrot in Kyneton.

Simon is also a botanical guide for Botanica World Discoveries, a garden consultant and gardening coach!

When not gardening, Simon is a a world renowned baroque bassoonist - having played with leading International and Australian period instrument ensembles including the Gabrielli Consort, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Pinchgut Opera, Opera Australia, and many more.

Please join us for a conversation with Simon exploring heirloom vegetables - it promises to lots of fun - and you’ll never look at vegetables the same way again!

Our premium ticket includes a signed copy of Heirloom Vegetables (at a small pre-launch discount), a Books for Cooks gift voucher, a number of tastes and a glass or two of matched wines

Our alternative ticket includes a number of tastes and a glass or two of matched wines. Copies of Heirloom Vegetables will be available to purchase on the evening

Please join us!

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This Saturday 9 August is #NationalBookShopDay

We’ve got lots happening! Come join us between 10 and 6 tomorrow

  • brunch with Backyard Bees at Ladro in Gertrude St - bees, just like bookstores need their champions - and we’re proud to be launching a great practical guide to Beekeeping for beginners at 10.30 over a honey filled brunch

  • burgers for books with our friends Huxtaburger in Smith St - that’s right buy some books from us tomorrow - and we’ll shout you one of Melbourne’s great burgers

  • bubbles - what party doesn’t need bubbles, and

  • we’re baking! We’ve had our noses in a few of our current favourites - and Amanda’s been baking

And if you can fit in more than one bookshop - check out what some of our friends are doing! Lots of activities at The Little Bookrooom, Readings, Fairfield Books, and lots more here

National Bookshop Day 2014

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Backyard Bees

When: 10.30 - 12.30 Saturday 9 August

Where: Books for Cooks (at Ladro - 224A Gertrude St - just across the road)

Price: $59.95 (includes brunch, drinks, a copy of Doug Purdie’s ‘Backyard Bees: a guide for the beginner beekeeper’, & a Books for Cooks voucher) via Eventbrite or below.

Bees are a part of everyone’s life whether we know it or not. They are critically necessary to our food supply and food security. Without bees much of our fruit and vegetables would be in short supply. Worryingly many of the bees of the Industrialised world are under threat.

Thankfully ‘beevangelists’ around the world have been establishing and reinvigorating bee communities and hives in local gardens, community buildings and even on restaurant rooftops.

Doug Purdie is one such ‘beevangelist’. He never set out to become a beekeeper, but bees found him, and in the past 5 years between his business The Urban Beehive and his involvement with amateur beekeeping, he has become a leading voice and activist in the fight for bees in Sydney.

Doug has now written a wonderfully personal and evocative yet practical book on the gentle art of beekeeping. With Doug’s book just about anyone can keep bees. All you need is a bit of space and a little love for the creatures that pollinate the vegie patches of your neighbourhood! And whether you have a hive or not, Backyard Bees also includes 20 great recipes using honey.

Backyard Bees is the ultimate guide to installing & maintaining a hive through the seasons including extensive advice on choosing a hive & the equipment you will need and case studies and anecdotes from beekeepers from all walks of life.

Our friends across the road at Ladro are also part of the good fight and together with Rooftop Honey (the Melbourne equivalent of Doug’s Urban Beehive) are the host of a community of bees on their rooftop.

So it seemed appropriate that Doug join us at Ladro for brunch on Saturday the 9th August to share his passion and love for bees, all things honey and how to keep bees!

Please join us!

Each ticket includes a generous brunch, drinks, a copy of Backyard Bees ($34.95) & a Books for Cooks voucher

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