Groundhouse Build and Cook


Groundhouse Build + Cook has been written by Daren Howarth and Adi Nortje, with a foreword by Kevin McCloud. A totally unique sustainability book.  124 pages long, half of which is given over to beautiful graphics crafted from the thousands of images taken during building and living in the Groundhouse. This highly illustrated ‘how to’ book is designed to inspire, showing what needs to be done to build an eco home based on earthship principles – as simply as possible.

It’s a flip book as well.  With half the book on build and half an original collection of the 30 best recipes that grew out of building and living in Brittany, inspired by the people who joined us and cooked with us.


“This book is a much-needed synthesis of home and lifestyle, of house and garden and a reminder of how we all could be living with reduced dependency…” Kevin McCloud

‘Groundhouse’ covers the building of one extraordinary house…celebrating the food that fuelled the construction process as much as the house itself…lovingly assembled into a true ‘work of heart’.  This is a book which is delicious in every sense” Rob Hopkins, Author, Transition Handbook

“Informative and inspirational…I love the concept of this book – recipes. Recipes for building your own home and recipes for eating from the land around it…” Oliver Heath

Build & Cook doesn’t aim to be a detailed ‘how to build’ manual, but shows main steps and inspires to make it seem doable.  That’s (some of) the beauty of the book: both the build notes and cooking recipes set out to inspire, not dictate as they move through the seasons…the recipes are simple to follow, wholesome and delicious.  The other beauty of the book is the photos and graphics! Add this to your wish list and prepare to be inspired…” Don McLean

“…from the back its a great cookbook.  If you are into sustainability this is for you…”The Sun

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