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The Dirty Chef : From Big City Food Critic to Foodie Farmer - Matthew Evans

The Dirty Chef

From Big City Food Critic to Foodie Farmer


Published: 1st October 2013
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The funny, heart-warming and at times exhausting behind-the-scenes story of Matthew Evans' transformation from high-profile food critic to television's Gourmet Farmer.

How do you go from being an urban dag to a country boy without any experience of the bush?

In 2008 Matthew Evans, one of Australia's most powerful food critics, stepped off the Sydney treadmill to farm 20 acres in Australia's southernmost shire.

What is it really like to take the plunge, leaving a whole world of familiar people, places and work behind? How does it feel to use a cordless drill for the first time, to plant a vegetable garden, to milk a cow, to slaughter a chook for dinner? And what if a TV show is filming the whole process?

This is the story of that transformation. The story of a life more in tune with the seasons and more connected to the soil. A life that is as rewarding as it is exhausting. The story of a family trying to turn a living from the noble and ancient art of growing things on the land.

About the Author

Matthew Evans is a former chef and food critic turned Tasmanian smallholder. He fattens pigs, milks a cow, tends a garden and writes about food from his office overlooking the silver birches atop his cottage on Puggle Farm, in the gorgeous Huon Valley. Matthew is the author of eight books on food, including the authoritative Real Food Companion. He writes regularly for Feast magazine, presents a television show, Gourmet Farmer, on SBS, and runs a small artisan food store in Hobart with a cheesemaker mate, Nick Haddow. The shop specialises in old and rare breed pork products from Matthew's Fat Pig Farm, amongst other goodies.

Matthew Evans

Matthew Evans is a former chef and food critic turned Tasmanian smallholder. He is the author of nine books on food, including the authoritative Real Food Companion, his autobiography Never Order Chicken on a Monday, and the recently co-authored Gourmet Farmer Deli Book

He writes regularly for Feast magazine, and he has recently finished filming the third series of the SBS television series Gourmet Farmer which will air on SBS on 14th March 2013.

Matthew’s other project is A Common Ground, an artisan Tasmanian foodstore he co owns with Nick Haddow, which also specialises in regional produce events.

Matthew is a strong believer in Real Food; food where the provenance is known and the producer valued. He believes in home cooking, using the seasons and your geography as the guide. It is his hope that more and more people will try to grow their own food (just start with parsley and go from there), or know exactly where their produce is coming from. 

Visit Matthew Evans's Booktopia Author Page

ISBN: 9781743316962
ISBN-10: 1743316968
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st October 2013
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1