Dan Bourchier is joined by Paul West the former host of four series of A River Cottage Australia and author of The Edible Garden Cookbook & Growing Guide.
Paul is a passionate advocate of real food, community, regional living and sustainable agriculture. This in conversation will inspire you to grow, cook and eat with those you love – and find real meaning along the way.
For Paul West, a meaningful life is one built around food and community. In The Edible Garden Cookbook & Growing Guide, Paul shows you how easy it is to grow and cook some of your own food, no matter how much space you have.
Paul shares practical gardening advice, with guides on building a no-dig garden, composting and keeping chooks, and an A-Z guide of the veggies that are easiest to grow. There are also more than 50 of Paul’s favourite family recipes – simple, produce-driven dishes that are bursting with freshness and flavour. And then there are ideas for fun food activities to do with your community, whether it’s hosting a pickle party or passata day, brewing beer with some mates or whipping up a batch of homemade sausages.
The Edible Garden Cookbook & Growing Guide is a celebration of real food and a vibrant community. It will inspire you to grow, cook and eat with those you love – and find real meaning along the way.
Paul West is a passionate advocate of real food, community, regional living and sustainable agriculture. Paul was the host of four series of A River Cottage Australia which followed his journey to grow an abundance of farm-fresh food and then cook and share it with his local community. Paul travels Australia hosting cooking demonstrations and can be seen on A River Cottage, currently showing on SBS and SBS On Demand.
Paul regularly hosts cooking demonstrations at food festivals around Australia and can be seen as a guest presenter on Gardening Australia, Back Roads and Catalyst. He is a passionate supporter of many charities, including the National Parks and Wildlife Foundation, OZ Harvest, Earth Hour, REAP, NEST and Cure Cancer.
Paul is trained as a chef and has worked in all areas of food production, from WWOOFing (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) around Australia, growing fruit and vegetables, to cooking in the bistro of Melbourne’s renowned Vue de Monde – where Paul served his apprenticeship as a chef and met his wife, Alicia.
Both thirsty for a change and passionate about connecting to how their food was grown, in 2012 Paul and Alicia packed their bags and headed across the Bass Strait to Tasmania. It was while tending a flourishing home veggie patch there that Paul was offered the opportunity to host River Cottage Australia and move to beautiful Central Tilba, where the show was filmed. He currently lives in sunny Bermagui on the NSW far south coast with Alicia and two sons Otto and Bowie, plus their trusty canine companion, Digger. Having turned his back on haute cuisine Paul has since become the poster boy for sustainable farming and organic food.
Dan Bourchier presents ABC Canberra’s 7pm News bulletin, which is a regular on radio, tv, and major events coverage across the ABC.
Dan grew up in the outback Northern Territory mining town of Tennant Creek and began reporting for the local newspaper when he was 14, going on to work for the NT News. His younger years in Tennant Creek, together with his coastal Victorian Aboriginal heritage, have instilled in him a deep interest in the culture, history and social justice issues of Australia’s First Nation people.
From 2010 he was with National Indigenous Television (NITV) in Sydney and Canberra before moving to Darwin in 2012 to join Sky News as its NT bureau chief. In that role, he covered stories including the fourth inquest into the death of Azaria Chamberlain, US President Barack Obama’s visit to the Top End and the subsequent deployment of US Marines to the Territory. He was the first to announce the rolling of NT Chief Minister Terry Mills, breaking the news on-air while the Cabinet was still in discussion. Most recently he was Political Reporter and National Indigenous Affairs Correspondent for Sky News based in Canberra.