Antarctic Cookery

The Antarctic Book of Cooking & Cleaning

Foodie Christmas PresentsAn unusual and interesting eco book about Antarctic Cookery. Authors Wendy Trusler and Carol Devine relate the tale of Antarctica’s first clean-up, carried out by 54 volunteers from five countries.

In three months, they cleared the detritus of 30 years’ worth of previous expeditions. But while most of the volunteers were clearing rubbish, someone had to do the cooking. As the authors say, ‘The first thing that comes to mind about Antarctica is not likely the food. But if you are going there, it is the second.’ Trusler spent ‘many long, white nights’ devising menus with limited ingredients in a camp kitchen — with some success, if the 42 recipes given are anything to go by. The international nature of the project is evident in dishes from Great Wall [of China] dumplings to fondue, goulash and roast leg of lamb.

Along with original illustrations and photos, the book reproduces Shackleton’s famous advertisement for volunteers, which still sends a shiver down the spine: ‘MEN
WANTED for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case
of success. Ernest Shackleton . . .’

Of interest to foodies, geographers and historians. Published 2015, £25 from Harper Design

See more foodie books and cookbooks here

If you buy, please mention The Taster