East End Paradise

East End Paradise

Kitchen Garden Cooking in the City


Those of us living in towns and cities might think that the pleasures of growing our own food, watching the seasons pass with the changing produce and getting our hands stuck into the soil are beyond our reach. But a growing number of urban dwellers are realising that there are ways of connecting with the land, and enjoying the sheer pleasure of watching something grow, without giving up the joys of living in the city.

Jojo Tulloh takes us to her inner-city allotment and guides us through a year of cooking, inspired by the food that has sprung from her surprisingly fertile patch of East London waste-ground.


  • Allotment gardener Jojo Tulloh guides you through a year of seasonal cooking, with refreshingly original recipes and plenty of ideas of what to do with your glut of courgettes
    Mail on Sunday

About the author

Jojo Tulloh

Jojo Tulloh is the author of two books, East End Paradise (Chatto & Windus 2011), which explored seasonal cooking and growing inspired by her East London allotment and The Modern Peasant (Chatto & Windus 2013) which won the Fortnum & Mason Food Book of the Year award in 2014. The latter used the skills gleaned from interviews with independent food producers to gain a new level of self sufficiency in baking, butchery, beekeeping, vegetable growing, fermenting and cheesemaking and combined stories with recipes. The book, inspired in part by Patience Gray’s cult book, Honey From a Weed, began with a journey to the legendary food writer’s remote Apulian home. For five years Jojo wrote the Kitchen Garden Cook column for Gardens Illustrated (for which she was awarded The Fortnum and Mason Cookery Writer of the Year award in 2017). As well as writing for the Financial Times and the Observer she has written and published pamphlets of her own on Elizabeth David’s marginalia, Patience Gray and Dorothy Hartley and most recently the previously untranslated recipes of Marguerite Duras. Jojo is currently working on a food book inspired by a garden designed on forest garden principles on the edge of Exmoor in North Devon. www.jojotulloh.com
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