Tag Archives: sustainability

From the mouths of food writers

Should food writers and recipe developers inform readers about sustainable food choices and ethical eating practices in the hope of fostering responsible consumerism? It’s a question I ask myself every time I see a celebrity chef spruiking a recipe for swordfish or a food critic salivating over a yellowfin tuna number they’ve encountered on the menu of a trendy eatery.

Should recipe writers guide readers towards more sustainable options, discuss alternative species, and help the reader make a more informed choice? Should food critics wax lyrical about exceptional dishes they have encountered if ingredients are unsustainable or unethically sourced, or bite their tongue? Continue reading


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The Urban Cook’s sustainable challenge


Urban Cook: Cooking and Eating for a Sustainable Future

While Mark Jensen travelled Australia promoting his cookbook The Urban Cook: Cooking and Eating for a Sustainable Future some of us were at home putting it to the test.

I was originally drawn to the book by the recipe for leatherjacket oven-roasted with lemongrass and garlic, which subsequently featured in The Food Sage’s Sustainable Seafood Challenge.

Now I’ve cooked from all sections: vegetables; seafood; poultry; pork & lamb; beef & veal – except desserts, and give Urban Cook a sustained thumbs up.  Continue reading


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