For sale in October Books!


BIG UP Blunt Print again for producing such stunning copies 🙂

If you’re based in Southampton, you can now buy Landfull at October Books for £12 (that would be £10 to cover printing costs and £2 to support our very favourite local book cooperative)

The official launch will be Friday March 2nd, 7pm in the shop. Details to come.




The books are here and printed! Copies are being sent out to food waste projects and recipe contributors as we speak 🙂

Let printing commence!

The book is now (finally) in print! 1 month late – I had hoped to print at the end of December rather than the end of January – but everything is feeling positive and all a bit difficult to believe. I have just finished my last stint of proof reading and ensuring all of the design fits each page nicely. Although reading my words back makes me cringe at times, I am happy with how it has come together – though part of me so desperately wants to write more and update the whole thing but I have had to accept that it is an object with a best-before date… with the food waste movement changing constantly, it would be impossible to finish this book if I keep trying include new projects, ideas, data etc.!
It has been such a long time since the initial concept of this project and a very complex journey along the way. I’m now feeling so excited to receive the copies at the end of next week (hopefully) and then send them to all of the featured initiatives and recipe contributors the week following.

MASSIVE thank you to Blunt for working with me and printing such lovely quality books x

The book MIGHT be sent out for Christmas!

With a full time summer job of festival catering, then walking straight into another full-time kitchen job in Southampton, I am trying to find the spare time to do editing after receiving my first physical proof in the post. There’s not much to change design wise, but it seems takes hours and hours to get things right! Once this is done, I’ll give it a quick read through to look out for typos, then will order enough to send every project one and TRY to do this in time for Christmas – hurrah!


Writing is nearly complete!


We are so close to the end now. I’ve been spending the last couple days sat indoors putting the final bits together: writing extra thoughts; proofreading and editing everything; ensuring I’m making sense and essentially condensing my previous rambles down to an affordable size – the cost of printing is sadly enormous, already resulting in minimal copies for this first round of printing.

I’m delighted to be assisted by the amazing CoCo Creative, who will be helping me with the book design over the next couple of weeks. Things will likely move quite fast from here – but I estimate I’ve got a solid 10 more days of word forming before we can finalize the layout and page count. Hopefully the final publication will be sent off to the printers before the end of May!

As for all of the projects featured in the book, I am entirely grateful for your time and patience with me over the course of the past 2 years! Thanks you to everyone that has confirmed their proof with me. The last thing I will be sending out is a request for written consent to use and print your logos in the directory part of the book. After that, our next contact will be to send you the book 🙂


Recipe cooking!

Yesterday was mega. All of the recipes were finally cooked and photographed for the book. I’m so happy with the variation of dishes – so many flavours, colours and waste-kicking ideas! Waking up this morning feels interesting… I’m not hungry that’s for sure, but I am realising that this journey is coming to an end. Today I transition into the final chapter of Landfull’s production… it’ll be a busy December full of writing, editing, book design, proof-reading and my last few visits as I travel from Scotland to the Isle of Wight. After all of this is more or less complete, my focus will be on discovering the best route to get the book printed and out to food waste projects around the country.

All contributors to the book will receive a free copy of the publication, and any recipe submissions that did not make the final cut will be posted on this website instead.

More Gleaning

This week I’ve gleaned twice. Once in Hereford, and once near Preston. As always, the days were filled with wonderful people and nourishing chatter. Apples and onions were abundant – and all of them rejected from UK supermarkets. I was able to capture a few images for both Feedback and the book, so I now only have a few more visits to organise before I can move into the final stage of editing. This book should soon be going to print!

Back in Southampton

Fareshare Manchester

So after nearly 2 months on the road, I’m back in Southampton where the food waste tour began. In no way does it feel complete, but my do I feel nourished!

As expected, beginning to reflect on the whole entire trip is challenging. I had planned to be doing lots of blogging as I moved around the country, but I found that it was just distracting me from the very fortunate position I happened to be in. Sometime after London, I made a very conscious decision to not pressure myself to write-up my experiences and to be more present with what I was encountering. It definitely relieved me to put that out of mind, although it did leave some worry about how I would conquer this task on returning to Southampton. Well this is where I’m at.

There are still people and projects I have yet to connect with, so I’m working on that now. There are also some organizations where I’ve met with the directors, but happened to cross paths when their project wasn’t active. In these cases, it was great to hear about what they do and how things run, but I’ll likely take advantage of a mini-tour during summer to experience their events/pop-ups live, and document them for the book.

Currently, I’m in the midst of communicating with organizations, activists and projects about how they want to be represented in the book. I’m collecting donated content up until April 30th, and from there I’ll be in the first phase of production – cooking up and photographing the recipes!

Landfull is a collaborative cookery book that I am producing alongside my own food waste projects in Southampton. For this reason I am working on it part-time. I have no idea of the time-scale of such a publication, but I aim to have it ready for printing by the end of 2015. I can now hear you laughing at my nativity…

Dalston People’s Kitchen

Peoples Kitchen Dalston (3)

Dalston People’s Kitchen meet, cook and eat every other Saturday. They use a space within a youth centre in Hackney, where a large hall is filled with boxes of kitchenware, crates of food, and enough tables and chairs for as many people as interested. Individuals can come along as they please, helping with the chopping, cooking, washing and eating. The general feel seemed very open to whatever time or energy you could offer the meal.

Peoples Kitchen Dalston (4)  Peoples Kitchen Dalston (18)

All the food was collected from stores.. of course all being surplus. We collectively made loads of different dishes, from fruity cakes and herby flat breads to curries, dahl, salads and stuffed peppers. A very delicious feast!

There was quite an emphasis on sharing skills at this People’s Kitchen. I guess because of the location, there were lots of young people around. Groups of teenagers that were hanging out in the centre were welcome to get involved if they wanted, and did do. Younger children had to be accompanied by someone older, but were just as welcome. It was the first community cook that I had working alongside that many children, which I very much enjoyed! Skills were quite organically shared across the tables, with a back and fourth dialogue of ideas from different levels of experience. It really appeared that some of the kids felt quite energised and empowered to be part of preparing the dishes. A really nice thing to offer the neighbourhood at weekends.

Peoples Kitchen Dalston (7)  Peoples Kitchen Dalston (6)

This People’s Kitchen group actually just received some funding to run cookery workshops for children on the alternate weekend to the usual feast. They have already started this, which seems a really positive endeavour for the local community.

Peoples Kitchen Dalston (26)  Peoples Kitchen Dalston (25)