The Sock sees that TV chef Anthony Bogroll Thompson has been trying to poison people again - and this time not with his food! Thompson (who has no redeeming feature and outranks all in the gardening celeb world on the annoyance factor scale) advised the use of henbane as a salad leaf thus exposing readers of Healthy & Organic Living magazine to the possibility of a Crippen-style death. Thompson had of course meant to recommend fat hen an edible weed. An easy mistake to make, a mere slip of the tongue and one could argue that anyone daft enough to follow Thompson's advice had it coming.
This brings the Sock to another concern however. It is by no means the first time that misinformation has been printed in a magazine or book. The Bedsock wasted a load of expensive food ingredients following one of Marco Pierre White's recipes only to discover that there was never any chance of it working as the quantities had been printed wrong - this was far from an isolated incident. We understand that with many of the 'coffee table cook books' the recipes printed aren't given the rigorous sort of testing you get from Good Housekeeping.
How many mistakes are printed in gardening books either through misprints or general misinformation? The Sock herself fell foul of an untallTattongoldmedalwinner when he gave the wrong pruning information on a TV programme thereby causing the early demise of one of her favourite shrubs. Bogroll-Thompson is not the only killer out there!