Books

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Food Worth Fighting For – from food riots to food banks

Nothing tastes better than shared bread, Josh Sutton reminds us that food has always been at the forefront of our struggles for a fairer society – Billy Bragg

Josh Sutton’s original and passionately argued book is timely, warning that today’s poverty levels mean we may see food riots again – PD Smith, The Guardian Newspaper 1.7.16

(Prospect Books: June 2016.  ISBN:  978-1-909248-48-9)

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This book takes a look at some of the food riots of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and other food related social conflict in the United Kingdom, and tells the story of those involved. Using words and verse from contemporary broadside ballads and folk song, which emerged in the years that followed on from events, the author looks closely at the evolution of the modern food system.

Drawing on some of the actions of food rioters of earlier centuries, Josh Sutton suggests that the spirit of the food riot is very much alive today, and is apparent in the practise of some of those engaged in providing food charity in modern Britain.

As the issue of food poverty rears its hungry head once more, from the fair price forced sales in the market squares of old England, to the pay as you feel cafés of inner cites today using food waste from supermarkets, it appears little has changed when it comes to Food Worth Fighting For.

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Guyrope Gourmet – a camping cookbook

(Punk Publishing: 2013.  ISBN-13:  978-1906889609)

Available from all the usual outlets.

Banish the baked beans, bin the bangers – and fill up on delicious, freshly made meals on your camping trip. Guyrope Gourmet: A Camping Cookbook is packed with tasty, simple recipes from two-minute tapas and failsafe risottos to exotic stews and seafood feasts – each one guaranteed to bring a touch of class to camp. Soak up the summertime sun with a colourful bruschetta just bursting with Mediterranean flavour or a fresh mackerel fillet, gently barbecued to perfection. Jazz up a damp day with smoked salmon blinis, lobster linguini or mussels with beer and coriander, or enjoy a good honest breakfast with a dash of panache.

Coming in 2017

Outdoor Ovens – if you can’t stand the heat, go al fresco!

A guide to the various types of outdoor oven.  Ideal for home build enthusiasts, rambling epicures, and food history lovers. This book sets out to investigate and celebrate a whole range of ovens, used and built the world over. By focusing on outdoor ovens, meaning those constructed or used outside of the home, as opposed to the average temperamental contraption found in most modern kitchens, we can learn about the people and communities that built and operated them. We know that people naturally gravitate towards a fire, and with a few recipes as well as instructions on how to build ovens, readers will warm to this book. If you can’t stand the heat, go al fresco!

Prospect Books: ISBN-13 978-1-909248-50-2 Publication date: 30th June 2017