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.