Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro)
LOST THE PLOT (From Plot to Plate – A Recipe for Success)
Part One: Taking on a Plot
A Photographic Journal of Allotmenteering
by Allotment Junkie
170 page Paperback 21cm x 23.5cm
Published by: Allotment Junkie
Printed by: Butler Tanner and Dennis
From an overgrown suburban allotment plot to the productive beds that this allotment is today - “Taking on a Plot” - the first book in the three-book series “Lost the Plot”, takes us on a journey of one family's quest for fresh, guilt-free and organic fruit and vegetables.
The book is an inspirational guide, and I do not take this term lightly, full of images, advice and tips for both the seasoned allotmenteer and the novice alike and it illustrates, literally, how to achieve success from day one.
As it says on the cover, this book is a photographic journal of allotmenteering and it is an (almost) autobiographical account of the author and his family taking on a rundown allotment plot, with clear sound and precise advice, tips and hints, also as to the pitfalls, written in a very easy style.
The great beauty of this book is that it does not throw about a lot of science with which to bamboozle the reader. Instead it is all handles in a manner that is easy to read and to understand and it is beautifully illustrated with full color photos to boot.
The book and cover are 100% compostable; not that you would ever want to do that, I am sure. It is printed and bound in England on paper from responsible sources. If I am not mistaken the print that has been used may, more than likely, be vegetable based and this would make this a very green book indeed even though the cover is mostly brown.
A real great book and I hope to have the honor, pleasure and privilege to also be able to review Part Two and Part Three in the “Lost the Plot” series.
Although I don't generally rate books on the one to five scale as books are very much a personal thing I would, if I could, however, give this book gladly a six out of five.