Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs

Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs is a guide book to the world of unusual edible plants, whether they are old or new, rarely grown or from somewhere far flung. It looks at the history of plant hunters moving these plants around the world, and tells the stories of modern day enthusiasts, showcasing some of the unusual plants you may encounter as you begin your own journey into this intriguing world. More

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About Emma Cooper

Emma Cooper is a writer, photographer, blogger and podcaster based in Oxfordshire, UK. She's a Master Composter and loves making compost, a habit that supports her efforts to grow edible and useful plants in an environmentally-friendly way. She aims to prove that gardening is a fun and rewarding activity that anyone can get involved in, rather than time-consuming, hard work or impossible without years of experience. She’s not much into shrubs, though.

Emma has been part of the online gardening community for more years than she cares to remember, and throughout that time has been keeping a blog of how her garden has developed. In 2007 she began recording the Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast, a free online radio show that reaches listeners all over the world. The blog and the podcast paved the way for her first book - ‘The Alternative Kitchen Garden: An A to Z’ covers a wide range of topics from green gardening techniques to unusual edibles and was published by Permanent Publications in 2009.

Emma’s second book, ‘The Allotment Pocket Bible’, was published by Crimson Publishing in June 2011. A gift book that provides a unique mix of practical tips and fascinating trivia about allotments and growing your own vegetables, it’s part of a series of books that “bring you fun facts and fascinating advice, ensuring even the most knowledgeable person will find out something new”.

Emma is also the author of Dennis Publishing’s magbook ‘Growing Vegetables is Fun’, aimed at children of all ages and designed to get them outside, having fun and growing their own food. The third edition was published in spring 2010.

In September 2012 Emma packed up her things and went back to school - studying for a Masters degree in Ethnobotany (how people make use of plants) at the University of Kent. Now graduated and home again, she's getting back into doing the things she loves best - growing edible plants and writing about them.

In the midst of all this, Emma enjoys social networking with other gardeners and foodies on Twitter and Facebook, and loves swapping seeds. And although she has tried very hard, Emma doesn’t like fresh tomatoes; but she still grows them.

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