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The Oldest Foods on Earth : A History of Australian Native Foods with Recipes  - John Newton

The Oldest Foods on Earth

A History of Australian Native Foods with Recipes

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Published: 1st February 2016
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‘This is a book about Australian food, not the foods that European Australians cooked from ingredients they brought with them, but the flora and fauna that nourished the Aboriginal peoples for over 50,000 years. It is because European Australians have hardly touched these foods for over 200 years that I am writing it.

We celebrate cultural and culinary diversity, yet shun foods that grew here before white settlers arrived. We love ‘superfoods’ from exotic locations, yet reject those that grow here. We say we revere sustainable local produce, yet ignore Australian native plants and animals that are better for the land than those European ones.

In this, the most important of his books, John Newton boils down these paradoxes by arguing that if you are what you eat, we need to eat different foods: foods that will help to reconcile us with the land and its first inhabitants.

But the tide is turning. European Australians are beginning to accept and relish the flavours of Australia, everything from kangaroo to quandongs, from fresh muntries to the latest addition, magpie goose.

With recipes from chefs such as Peter Gilmore, Maggie Beer and René Redzepi’s sous chef Beau Clugston, The Oldest Foods on Earth will convince you that this is one food revolution that really matters.

About the Author

John Newton is a freelance writer, journalist and novelist.

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I would NOT buy this book - no pictures!

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Very disappointed to buy a bush tucker book with recipes and there is not ONE picture to show the plants. Just a waste of my money. Sorry.

Perth, Australia

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Amazing book, inspired me to buy more similar books

5

Australian education lacks this comprehensive and informative history of Australia before 1788. Newton tells a great history of Aboriginal practice that made the countries native foods so unique. He builds upon the work of other like Gammage and Pascoe, inspiring you to read more about this rich culture and country without hate. Highly recommend

Sydney, NSW

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Gets you thinking about what we eat and why

5

This book was revelatory to me. I learnt so much about what indigenous people ate, and how changing what we eat might be better for the land. We have superfoods right here yet obsess about goji berries etc. Recipes are illuminating - look delicious though I'm not sure I'd make them. And I love John Newton's suggestion for making Australia Day meaningful through shared food, a bit like the American Thanksgiving. That's really provocative.

Sydney

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Great intro to ancient foods

4

This is a great introduction & reference book. I think the lack of photos & the small size of the book were a surprise & may put people off, but the content is excellent.

Kurrajong, NSW, Australia

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Food for thought

4

Long-overdue recognition that food existed in Australia before the arrival of the invading British. All should know!

Talbingo, AU

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Really interesting

4

I bought this book to get the recipes but I doubt I will ever use them. However the book is fascinating, well researched with plenty of references but not over burdening with the detail. Changed my way of thinking about Australia - the land not the colonial culture.

Melbourne, Australia

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Really a work to digest

4

A really great example of how the First Australians managed before the arrival of the invaders.

Woodend

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Informative but limited.

2

Very informative but extremely limited. It barely mentions a handful of foods. I was hoping for a larger reference list from all areas of Australia.

Melbourne, Australia

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Great book abut the history of Austrlian food

4

Great book for those who want to get information about aboriginal food and herbs.

Dee Why, AU

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Terrific read and reference

4

Every Australian should read this book as we are sadly lacking in the knowledge of our own land, plants and trees Good read for historians, culture vultures and Foodies and Gardeners alike.

Brisbane

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The Oldest Foods on Earth

3.7 10

80.0

"A very forthright and informative guide to Australia's unique native foods." - Peter Gilmore, executive chef, Quay

ISBN: 9781742234373
ISBN-10: 1742234372
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st February 2016
Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.3