Book Giveaway – Mission:Explore – Food

27 August 2012 · 10 comments

in Book Reviews, Creative STAR Blurb

Today is an exciting day. Several copies of Mission:Explore – Food arrived at my house and the book definitely exceeded my expectations. It’s the best book about food that I’ve read since I was a teenager guzzling up Food for Beginners which prompted me to find out more about the politics of food and consider more carefully where food comes from and how it can consume us! As well as the other way round!

Mission:Explore – Food is definitely a guerrilla geography guide to food. There’s no shots of Nigella Lawson tantalising readers with her deliciously naughty desserts. Or the rather boring drawl of textbooks showing the American wheat plains. It’s is a funky and fresh approach and the recipes are definitely more unusual than your average cookbook. For example there is a tasty recipe for dirt (including the addition of gummy worms) or you can try cooking in acid. I reckon anyone who works with children or who is a parent would find this book interesting and useful.

The first book Mission Explore was great yet in many ways I think this book is the best to-date from the Geography Collective. The theme helps and the chapters work well as a holistic approach covering grow, harvest, cook, eat, waste and soil. There’s 159 missions of all sorts. Many are very practical and outdoors orientated with a strong focus on sustainability and thinking sensibly about resources, what happens to our food, where it ends up etc. The book, like the others, is illustrated by Tom Morgan-Jones. In my opinion he is the best illustrator in the UK surpassing Quentin Blake by a food mile or more!

Anyway, if you want to have a look at the book online, it’s possible to look at taster pages over on the TES resources website. This is freely available through a Creative Commons Licence.

So, because I only need one book to read, I’m giving away two Mission Explore Food books from my stash. The book was funded through crowd sourcing and so I received a few books in return for my donation. The other exciting part is that my family and I are featured in one of the illustrations for a mission!

If you would like to be entered for this giveaway, then please leave a comment by way of numbers. There are 159 missions in the book. Your challenge is to guess:

  • Which number is my favourite mission
  • Which number is the mission that features my family in the illustration

You can leave your numbers in several ways. I need to be able to contact you, if you are one of the lucky people to get a book:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post – but don’t leave an email address here. See example below
  • Send me a message via Twitter 
  • Use the contact form
  • Message me at the CreativeSTAR Facebook page – please do “like” the page whilst you are there 🙂

Be assured that your name and email address will not be added to any mailing list or passed onto another organisation.

The giveaway closes on 3rd September 2012 at midnight (NE Scotland time). This is the official publication date. If you have not heard from me by this date, then I’m sorry but someone else has got the book. I will give them a wee mention in a comment on this blog post. Do remember you can download the book now via Kindle or order a hard copy of the book.

Finally, have a look at the official press release for more information. Also check out the Geography Collective website as you can also win 30 books for a school or charity.

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Juliet Robertson August 27, 2012 at 21:36

This is the sort of response I need:

Your favourite mission is No. 1

Your family are illustrated in mission No. 159

Contact me by my website OR Twitter @CreativeSTAR

Any questions please ask! (I’ve never done a giveaway before so it’s all new).


Aunt Annie August 27, 2012 at 21:46

Your favourite mission is number 16 and your family is illustrated in mission number 144.

Contact me via PM at Aunt Annie’s Childcare on Facebook.

Cheers, and congratulations Juliet!


Males in Early Childhood August 27, 2012 at 22:38

Your favourite mission is No. 34 and your family is illustrated in No. 103.

Contact me via email to the Males blog email –

or pm the Males facebook page.

This is very exciting Juliet 🙂


Niki Buchan August 28, 2012 at 00:05

Your favourite mission is 53 and your family is illustrated in 53 as well.

contact me via pm on Facebook Niki Buchan

Looks great ……I love a good and practical recipe book!


jenny August 28, 2012 at 00:43

Your favorite mission is number 3 and your family is illustrated in mission number 141. Contact me via

Exciting stuff Juliet!


crafty elsie August 28, 2012 at 03:00

Will need to check out more of his illustration work.

Your favourite is 19
You are featured in 103

I’ll contact you with my email if I win, but my blog is


rowan education August 28, 2012 at 14:21

Your favourite is 95, your family is inpicture 44. Contact me on my Facebook page, rowaneducation.


Ayn Colsh August 28, 2012 at 21:00

Oh, this sounds like a fun book!
Count me in!

Your favourite mission is No. 4 and your family is illustrated in mission No. 159

Contact me by facebook:

Can’t wait to find out the answers!Congratulations on having your family featured! 🙂


classical guitarist September 2, 2012 at 21:44

Really does sound a very interesting book. Keep up the good work!

Forest School Level 3 Training Specialist in Sussex


Juliet Robertson September 29, 2012 at 20:48

Thanks – belated to everyone who responded. A contribution on Facebook – Sarah got the nearest family number (114 – Extreme Dining) and Jenny Kable was my closest favourite which was 129 about dog poo.


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