Tom Moggach, founder of City Leaf, is an experienced journalist and author. He also has radio and television experience. See his website for more information.

His first book ‘The Urban Kitchen Gardener: Growing & Cooking in the City’ (Kyle Books) was shortlisted for best practical gardening book in the Garden Media Awards. 

Print journalism credits include The Guardian, The Food Programme (Radio 4), The Daily Telegraph and Financial Times. 

Television credits include appearances on ‘Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: London’ (BBC Worldwide). To see his show reel, use the password 'food' in the Vimeo clip below. 

Radio credits include The Food Programme (Radio 4)

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Tom Moggach is author of 'The Urban Kitchen Gardener: Growing and Cooking in the City' (Kyle Books, 2012), which was shortlisted for Best Practical Gardening Book at the Garden Media Awards. He also contributed to 'Leon Fast Vegetarian' (Conran, 2014). 

SYNOPSIS

'Growing food is different in the city: life is faster and space is tight. So it is vital to focus on only the most rewarding edible plants. In The Urban Kitchen Gardener, Tom Moggach selects his best city crops, from the familiar chillies and strawberries to the more unusual Japanese shiso and Mexican mouse melons. For each entry, Tom offers practical advice on growing, picking, preserving and cooking your harvest.

More than 150 delicious recipe ideas include Coriander and Coconut Chutney, Chilli Corn Bread, Shiso Granita and cocktails such as a Honey and Basil Daiquiri. He also shares expert advice for success with pots and containers, and on windowsills, patios, balconies, roof gardens, back gardens and allotments.

Other chapters cover seed saving and green gardening. This is an inspirational guide to making the most of your urban plot, whatever its size.'


Reviews

'Lucky urban gardeners. Here's a book tailor made for their small spaces and diverse tastes, written by a gardener who cooks and a cook who gardens. It bursts with energy.'Joy Larkcom

'Chillies on the window ledge and mouse melons on the patio. Tom Moggach sees food growing potential everywhere and shows you how to turn it into imaginative meals.' Lindsey Bareham, food writer

'Tom has captured his knowledge, vast experience and infectious passion for growing and cooking in this exciting new book for urban gardeners. He shows that even the smallest of outdoor spaces can be productive and hugely rewarding.' Joe Swift, garden designer and broadcaster

'I loved this book: the tone is encouraging and enthusiastic, the recipes mouth-watering and the photos by Laura Hynd are beautiful, making this the ultimate edible gardener's guide.' BBC Gardens Illustrated

'He aims to revolutionise the way we cook and believes that with a few unusual finishing touches of exotic herbs, busy folks can make instantly interesting meals.' Metro

'Great for gardening beginners, it takes different fruit, vegetables, herbs and even edible flowers, and tells you how to grow them, including tips and recipes for cooking with your home-grown bounty.' Grazia

'A fun, quirky guide that not only offers 150 recipes that you actually want to try, but plenty of practical advice for growing in a small space.' The Edible Garden

Tom Moggach is an engaging public speaker and can be booked for events. 

Past appearances include Hay Literary Festival, Abergavenny Food Festival, Chelsea Fringe, Incredible Edible Todmorden, Grow London, GIY Ireland and many more. Favourite topics include edible gardening and urban agriculture – inspired by his travels to visit projects around the world, from Havana to New York. 


Testimonials

"Tom Moggach is like the veggie version of Jamie Oliver!" 
Liz Cranwell-Wardy, Capital Growth course June 2013

"Lots of inspirational ideas. Covered a lot in one day. Exactly what I wanted. The best £25 I spent all year." Tracey Lord, Capital Growth Schools Training March 2014

"Just leaving you a message to say a great big THANK YOU for your excellent course on Friday. Always interesting to meet people who have experience of working with staff and children directly from an education background. I have attended courses where the tutor knows the technical side of their subject area but has no real idea how to deliver such a topic to children. You addressed this area very well." Rob Bromfield, Capital Growth Schools Training March 2015

"The knowledge that the students are accruing is sensational ... fantastic to see them so engaged."
Samuel Rhodes Secondary School, 2011 - certified 15-week course with special needs students

"It was a brilliant day."
Capital Growth schools course.

“Good pace – plenty of opportunity to ask questions and participate. Good balance of ‘taught’ topics and hands on practice.”
‘Grow Your Own’ course

“Very thorough, made me a lot more confident … I know that next year we’ll reap the benefits and everyone will appreciate it. [Would you recommend this course to others?] Of course, I think [Tom]’s an inspiration.”
Derek, hostel resident in Camden

"Thank you so much for all your hard work .. We have already got plenty of really good feedback and keen local beginner gardeners who want to get involved in food growing in the local area."
Kentish Town Community Centre

"It was really helpful ... now lessons are being planned around the garden." Chisenhale Primary School

"Excellent: very knowledgeable, interactive and approachable … proud that City Leaf are in Camden.”
Daniel White, Sustainability Officer Camden Council

"You answered all my specific questions. It was a relief to have Chris’s expert advice on how to deal with the quince tree problems and prune it correctly, as well as ways to deal with other potential pest problems he spotted in the garden. I think this is a great supportive service you offer... many thanks again to you and Chris for trekking all the way over to Walthamstow and introducing my garden to the City Leaf edible garden vibe."
Liz France, Walthamstow

"Thanks again for all of your help and guidance, we could not have done it without you (and certainly not for the amount we spent).”
Lesly Gallagher, American Church

"Along with his team of helpers, [Tom] built two beautiful raised beds where there had previously been some boring paving, and I now have my first crop of radishes, lettuces and peas sprouting. City Leaf has been both inspirational and invaluable in transforming my front garden into a vegetable patch.”
Carla Ranicki, Belsize Park