Whole Larder Love: Grow Gather Hunt Cook by Rohan Anderson. powerHouse Books (October 9, 2012).

I was very excited when I received a copy of Rohan’s book Whole Larder Love, I am a big been a fan of his blog and his food and his life philosophy. His book is lovingly put together, Rohan’s rustic cross processed style of photography is beautiful, he manages to capture the essence of the food and the love that went into growing, catching and preparing it. Rohan lives his ideals, he hunts, fishes, forages has a prolific vegie garden, he is passionate about where food comes from, and about how it is prepared for consuming. He is a pretty down-to-earth guy, he is a dad and he loves life! Here a video of a day in the life of this guy.

I took the opportunity to ask him a few questions.

Hi Rohan I love your new book and have been a blog fan and follower for ages. I am very interested in your philosophy of food. Can you explain this to our readers?

It’s a very simple approach really. My aim is to rely less on other people and corporations for my food, in doing so I reckon I’m reducing my carbon footprint significantly. In all reality I’m living a peasant life, the good life, a lifestyle that I believe is what’s needed as an alternative to the crazy busy current ‘normal’ lifestyle of desk job, long hours, extensive work travel, money stress etc. I’ve rid myself of those things, I have less money, less stuff but a happier life. It’s amazing how better life is with less.

Another major aspect of your blog, which has attracted me and countless others — the lack of perceived political correctness is very refreshing — and real. Many people appreciate this because of your love and respect of food and where it comes from. Can you talk about this?

I’m a free man, I guess I’ve always thought I was free but now I truly am. I can think for myself, I take real action in my life and I stand by my beliefs. If that’s politically incorrect then so be it. That’s the beauty of our freedom of choice! No one is force feeding us our food for example, we the individual make that choice. We also make the choice to either play on entertainment systems on a large plasma screen or we can choose to get out bush and explore nature. I used to watch a lot of television and I never seemed to have time to do things. Then I stopped and now I remind myself that I have no excuse not to do the things I can do, I have that extra few hours up my sleeve now. And there’s also an upside to not watching so much telly. I’m no longer a marketers dream viewer. Instead I’m even more syndical and untrusting of brands. I put my faith in real things, not marketed ideas.

Your photography is beautiful, it has a earthy rich quality to it that is lacking in a lot of food photography. Can you give readers some tips about photographing food and produce?

I’m massively colour blind. I denied it for years. When I was married, my wife used to joke with me about it then I had a medical and failed the eye test dismally. We had a great laugh and now I accept it. So when I process my photos I use the colours that I like. My photos usually tend towards cooler tones. And I’m not a professionally trained photographer, nor do I really consider myself to be an actual photographer. I just use the camera to capture visuals that I then use as a communication medium for the blog. The camera is a tool as important as my guns, my fly rod or a garden spade. I don’t really like talking about photography, there seems to be a lot of ‘photographers’ out there in internet land, a good deal of them appear to be wankers too. I can’t stand people comparing what brand of camera, or lens and how much they paid for it. Just take the damn photo!

The food and recipes in your book are full of flavour, colour and texture. You love to hunt, fish and forage, but one aspect that I really enjoyed was the chapter on stocking the pantry. Can you tell us a few of your favourite ways of putting food by?

At the end of summer I start to do a lot of preserving. It’s an approach that’s been used for centuries to harvest summers produce and store for the winter months when things slow down. That’s all I do really, is spend my time acquiring food for the family. I have no ‘normal’ job, my job IS food. Most people have space to grow the easiest veg of all to grow, zucchini. And if you plant a few too many plants you’ll find yourself in a glut some time in the middle of summer. That’s when I start making jars of Zuc relish. There’s a recipe in my book, which I suggest using as a base and then add to it — add chilli, add peppers, add more onion, more sugar. Do what you want to suit your tastes. In the end however, you’ll have a ripper relish to go on burgers and in winter toasties that you made from stuff you grew. Nothing beats that!


A few months ago, I was invited to contribute a recipe into an ebook to benefit the Red Cross. The girls at HowDoesShe did all the hard work organising this and they came up with the idea after the devastation in Japan earlier this year. Missy, Shelley and Alison introduce the project…

After literally MONTHS of creating, the “50+ Top Blogs All Time Favorite Recipes” cookbook is HERE!!! You may have seen a sneak peek of this gorgeous recipe book this past month. We hope you have been anxiously awaiting it. :) Now, until the end of August, it’s available for purchase. But wait, scratch that, it’s not a purchase. The best part is…

it’s a donation!

100% of your donation will go to the American Red Cross to help the many people who have been affected by recent natural disasters around the world.

After seeing the devastation in Japan, several top blogs teamed together wanting to somehow make a difference. More than 50 blogs donated one of their favorite recipes to be compiled into an incredible cookbook designed by chickabug (design talent was 100% donated as well). Basically a lot of people worked really hard to make something extraordinary. Now, it’s in your hands to make a difference.

This one-of-a-kind cookbook was originally only going to be offered as an E-book for a $10 donation. But after receiving feedback from readers, we realized that many of you want a physical copy. We approached our favorite publisher, Paper Coterie, who was willing to donate 100% of the supplies, and 100% of the cost of printing for this amazing cause. Are you feeling the warm tinglies yet?! We are!!! This started out as one person having an idea. Now over 50 blogs and an amazing publisher are involved and now it’s YOUR turn.

Together we can will make a difference.

The E-book is for sale here for a $1o donation. If you have a computer in your kitchen or an electronic reader, (ipad, kindle,etc.) this is the copy for you. You can just click on the recipe you want from the table of contents and it will take you right there. It’s sweet.

The hard cover cookbook is also available, (wait for it…) for only $10. You will be amazed at the quality of this book. The only extra expense you will have will be for shipping ($4 or more depending on where you live and how many copies you order).

Thank you, thank you, thank you. You can smile knowing you made a difference to someone, somewhere. And you can smile because you will have a beautiful full color recipe book with gorgeous pictures and delicious recipes to try. We truly hope you love the cookbook. We think you will. You might just want to buy one for your mom, sister, and mother-in-law for Christmas. ;)

Please share this post with your friends and family on your blog, facebook, and twitter. Let’s make this go VIRAL! How cool would that be? Here is a button to put on your blog:

and the link: – Remember 100% of the proceeds will be benefiting the American Red Cross.

*The American Red Cross name is used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, individual or political position. For more information about the American Red Cross, please email books be available for a little over 2 weeks – starting Monday and continuing for the rest of August. The last day to order will be August 31.

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Green Market Baking Book: 100 Delicious Recipes for Naturally Sweet & Savory Treats By Laura C. Martin. Sterling (January 4, 2011).

I love the premise of this book – baking without sugar! Baking in an eco and responsible way – using local ingredients or else ingredients from small family owned sources. The authors of this book acknowledge that getting sugar in an ecologically responsible way is practically impossible so instead they have searched far and wide for recipes that include natural sugar alternatives – yes fruit and honey but also maple syrup and rice bran syrup as well as date sugar (other options too). As well as eco sweeteners the book does delve a little into grains – but not as much as I would have liked, they do use butter but have not eliminated trans fats like canola oil which is a disappointment).

I have not yet made any of the recipes – and there are no photos (but lots of very sweet illustrations) to tempt me. But there are lots of healthy and yummy looking recipes – like “Carrot and Halva Pudding” which uses maple syrup and spices, “Twelve grain muffins”, which include dates, honey and maple syrup, along with those 12 grains and extra seeds and nuts. “Quinoa Pudding” is a rice pudding substitute with maple syrup and spices, and I have to try the “Chocolate Tofu Pudding”, which uses tofu to give it a creamy texture along with agave syrup and dark chocolate.

As you can see the recipes are very interesting, I will be making my way through this book with glee!

Part of a week of natural crafting and lifestyle books here at