“Food for the soul.”
– Booksellers New Zealand
“A delightful journey of discovery.”
– The Dominion Post
“A heart-warming tale with many laughs and a few tears… written with wit and warmth.”
– Manawatu Standard
“I laughed out loud on the first page, and then got goosebumps a few pages after that… I was instantly engaged…”
– Delaney Mes, food blogger
“One of the most delightful books I have read for some time. As I turn the final page, I feel like I am close friends with the author… Wonderfully written…”
– NZ Lifestyle Farmer magazine
The book story
In 2009 I started a blog called ‘Moon Over Martinborough’ about my misadventures as an American city boy living on a tiny olive farm in rural New Zealand. The blog became surprisingly popular and led to the book, which was published by Random House New Zealand in 2013. It was on the NZ bestseller list for 6 weeks and was serialized by Radio NZ.
WordPress.com interviewed me just before and after the book came out:
- From Blog to Book: Moon over Martinborough
- Catching Up with WordPresser-Turned-Bestseller Jared Gulian
Where to buy the book
The print book is available in New Zealand bookstores, or through New Zealand websites if you’re overseas. The e-book is available internationally.
In the United States
Although the book is not yet published in the United States, two fantastic stores carry the print book. They both ship within the U.S. Please contact them directly about prices.
Book and olive oil
You can buy the book and our olive oil from Martinborough Wine Centre. If you’re overseas, please email the Wine Centre to get shipping rates. If you’re in NZ, you can do it all in their online shop.
The following blog posts, in an edited form, have become chapters in the book:
- Prologue: Getting intimate with a cast sheep
- Chapter 11: Angry locals demand carrot cake
- Chapter 16: Old Man Henry and the chook house race wars
“Fantastic! A great read! Hilarious! What else can be said about this book? It was just so refreshing to see farm life through the eyes of two Chicago city boys who learned to be olive farmers. .. Overall, the book is a great read and the drawings that accompany each chapter are superb. Jared often mentions a particular recipe for a special treat, such as carrot cake, and these have been included too. If you only read one book this year, this should be the one. Oamaru Mail” – Jacqui Webby, Oamaru Mail
“The specially commissioned line drawings are a lovely touch and I’m looking forward to the next wet weekend so I can try out a few of the recipes Jared swears by and which are nicely interspersed amongst the chapters as they appear in the story… it’s an endearing, funny and warmhearted read with plenty of close-to-home laughs and, for me, more than enough inspiration to be going along with. Waiheke Weekender” – Waiheke Weekender
“Very funny, very endearing… a comedy of small disasters and small triumphs… but also really beautifully written.” – Till Lloyd, Newstalk ZB Wellington