Herb – Mark Diacono Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win a copy of Herb: A Cook’s Companion, from Plot to Plate by Mark Diacono.

Diacono’s latest title is a plot-to-plate exploration of herbs that majors on the kitchen, with just enough of the simple art of growing to allow the reader to welcome a wealth of home-grown flavours into their kitchen.

Author Mark Diacono is a gardener as well as a cook. Packed with ideas for enjoying and using herbs, it is much more than a recipe book. Mark shares the techniques at the heart of sourcing, preparing and using herbs well, enabling you to make delicious food that is as rewarding in the process as it is in the end result. The book will explore how to use herbs, when to deploy them, and how to capture those flavours to use when they might not be seasonally available. The reader will become familiar with the differences in flavour intensity, provenance, nutritional benefits and more.

Focusing on the familiars including thyme, rosemary, basil, chives and bay, Herb will also open the door to a few lesser-known flavours. The recipes build on bringing your herbs alive – whether that’s a quickly swizzed parsley pesto when short of time on a weekday evening, or in wrapping a crumbly Lancashire cheese in lovage for a few weeks to infuse it with bitter earthiness. With a guide to sowing, planting, feeding and propagating herbs, there are also full plant descriptions and their main culinary affinities. Mark then looks at various ways to preserve herbs including making oils, drying, vinegars, syrups and freezing, before offering 70 innovative recipes – 125 with variations – that make the most of your new herb knowledge.

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Special thanks to the publisher for providing three copies of this title in our promotion. Entry options include answering the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • Plumbobmummy  on  May 13, 2021

    Herb soda bread

  • lean1  on  May 13, 2021

    Indian green chutney

  • ccav  on  May 13, 2021

    Dill, lemon and green bean pilaf

  • et12  on  May 13, 2021

    Pani puri and green chutney

  • sarahawker  on  May 13, 2021

    I’d like to try making Fig leaf syrup since I have so much!

  • Dendav  on  May 13, 2021

    Herb soda bread

  • Ileana  on  May 13, 2021

    Rhubarb and blackcurrant leaf gin and tonic sorbet

  • stepspior  on  May 13, 2021

    Lemon thyme and leek tart

  • matag  on  May 13, 2021

    Spicy herb and noodle salad

  • nvernon  on  May 13, 2021

    Fig leaf syrup

  • Kristjudy  on  May 13, 2021

    Herb soda bread

  • racheljmorgan  on  May 13, 2021

    Greek herb pie

  • riley  on  May 13, 2021

    Sage and citrus gimlet

  • JRumi  on  May 14, 2021

    Spelt with cucumber, lemon, lovage and mint

  • colin.purrington  on  May 14, 2021

    Herb oils

  • redcurrant  on  May 14, 2021

    Za-atar flatbreads

  • stricklinhome  on  May 14, 2021

    The chermoula sounds very good

  • Lyndell  on  May 14, 2021

    Fig leaf syrup,there is always plenty of leaves, interesting.

  • lselke  on  May 14, 2021

    Ooh! Tarragon and olive oil ice cream!

  • Roosta  on  May 14, 2021

    Curry leaf kedgeree

  • Dhasenkampf  on  May 14, 2021

    Spicy herb and noodle salad

  • annettle  on  May 15, 2021

    Thyme and parsley honey bread and butter pudding!

  • sequoia55  on  May 15, 2021

    Greek herb pie

  • Laura1  on  May 15, 2021

    Za-atar flatbreads

  • LaurenE  on  May 15, 2021

    Indian green chutney

  • KevinSeattle  on  May 15, 2021

    As a gardener, I actually want to read the horticulture tips! As a cook, I’m interested in all things Za’atar.

  • maisietoo  on  May 15, 2021

    Spicy herb and noodle salad sounds tasty!

  • agreaves19  on  May 15, 2021

    Indian green chutney

  • banba1  on  May 15, 2021

    Nectarine and lime leaf chutney

  • DarcyVaughn  on  May 15, 2021


  • Janlin125  on  May 15, 2021

    Basil sugar! LOVE Basil

  • permie_girl  on  May 15, 2021

    Adjika sounds amazing. Love lemon verbena!

  • Jellyfish  on  May 16, 2021

    Pistachio, lemon verbena and rose scented geranium ice cream

  • Dannausc  on  May 16, 2021

    Indian green chutney

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  May 16, 2021

    Pork and green sauce tacos

  • gilmonster  on  May 16, 2021

    Curry leaf kedgeree

  • dzm  on  May 16, 2021

    Greek herb pie

  • dbranigan27  on  May 16, 2021

    We would try the Greek herb pie.

  • Breeze81  on  May 16, 2021

    Rhubarb and blackcurrant leaf gin and tonic sorbet

  • maggz19671  on  May 16, 2021

    Herb soda bread

  • ravensfan  on  May 16, 2021

    Dill mustard sauce

  • leilx  on  May 16, 2021

    pistou soup

  • Siegal  on  May 16, 2021

    I want to make Greek herb pie

  • bookmark77  on  May 17, 2021

    Spicy herb and noodle salad

  • bopper  on  May 17, 2021

    Herb Butters

  • demomcook  on  May 17, 2021

    Vietnamese coriander, makrut lime and curry leaf salt. I love making infused salts, and am always looking for a way to use my little lime’s leaves.

  • GreenhouseCheryl  on  May 18, 2021


  • bookmark58  on  May 19, 2021

    Herb soda bread

  • justcooking  on  May 19, 2021

    pistou soup

  • RuthHarwood  on  May 21, 2021

    Greek herb pie

  • KitchenDreamer  on  May 21, 2021

    Fresh herbs makes every dish better!!!

  • Dzondzi  on  May 21, 2021

    Griddled peaches, basil, watercress, Parmesan and pine nuts – I have so much basil in my backyard!

  • aliceowlmug  on  May 23, 2021

    Love gremolata!

  • nyserge  on  May 23, 2021

    Tarragon and olive oil ice cream

  • Jellyfish  on  May 25, 2021

    tarragon and olive oil ice cream

  • michelle666  on  May 26, 2021

    Herb soda,bread

  • fairyduff  on  May 26, 2021

    Mole verde

  • vhfvhf  on  May 27, 2021

    herb jellies

  • Lafauvette  on  May 27, 2021

    herb jelly

  • rstaudt  on  May 27, 2021

    I’d never thought about the combination before, but the Pineapple and Sage Upside Down Cake sounds delicious.

  • RSW  on  May 27, 2021

    Watermelon and parsley fattoush with yoghurt dressing

  • Maefleur  on  May 27, 2021

    Rosemary and basil aubergines in za’atar

  • MaggieMaggieMae  on  May 27, 2021

    Curry leaf kedgeree

  • Ops  on  May 27, 2021

    Herb soda bread

  • darsaster  on  May 27, 2021

    Griddled peaches, basil, watercress, Parmesan and pine nuts – always looking for recipes that make the most of stone fruit season!

  • cdagen  on  May 27, 2021


  • ktpotat  on  May 27, 2021

    Roman herb and anchovy salad

  • foodie16  on  May 28, 2021

    Watermelon & Parsley Fattoush with Yoghurt Dressing

  • Pamyoungvb  on  May 28, 2021

    Greek herb pie

  • sarahteertzah  on  May 28, 2021

    Deep-fried potatoes in rosemary butter!

  • BMeyer  on  May 28, 2021

    grilled peaches

  • Sbara  on  May 29, 2021

    The Laksa looks delicious!

  • Cs2Cook  on  May 29, 2021

    Allorino! Love bay.

  • CatsintheKitchen  on  May 30, 2021

    Greek herb pie

  • RickPearson54  on  May 30, 2021

    fig leaf syrup

  • fbrunetti  on  May 31, 2021

    Indian green chutney

  • love2chow  on  June 1, 2021

    Indian green chutney and herb tempura

  • kmn4  on  June 3, 2021


  • avonleajules  on  June 3, 2021

    herb soda bread

  • ChicagoJen  on  June 4, 2021

    Pineapple and sage upside down cake

  • Mayandbill  on  June 4, 2021

    Green sauce

  • Shelley.b  on  June 4, 2021


  • Sfgordon  on  June 4, 2021

    Nectarine and lime leaf chutney

  • kitchen_chick  on  June 4, 2021

    Shiso pickled cucumber

  • Yatota74  on  June 5, 2021


  • Leonard5854  on  June 7, 2021

    Indian green chutney

  • acecil  on  June 8, 2021

    greek herb pie

  • inflytur  on  June 8, 2021

    Herby egg Mayo on toast

  • t.t  on  June 12, 2021


  • MrRichTea  on  June 12, 2021

    Greek herb pie

  • Hedgehog101  on  June 12, 2021

    Pesto, potato and green beans

  • Munchkinnerd3  on  June 13, 2021

    Dill, lemon and green bean pilaf

  • silversand  on  June 13, 2021

    Mackerel with raisins, orange and picada

  • pluckypuddin  on  June 14, 2021

    The Tarragon and olive oil ice cream sounds really interesting so would love to give that a go.

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