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The Oldest Foods on Earth - a history of Australian native foods by John Newton

The Oldest Foods on Earth - a history of Australian native foods by John Newton


Award winning author and food journalist John Newton is the national winner of The Gourmand Awards in the Best Culinary History Book category for his book The Oldest Foods on Earth: A history of Australian native foods.

In this book, Newton points out that we celebrate cultural and culinary diversity, yet shun foods that grew here before white settlers arrived. Newton argues 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.

Edouard Cointreau, President of the Jury - Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, says: “This encyclopaedic book will become a classic. It is very well researched and written, with passion, experience and real practical knowledge.”

The Gourmand Awards, founded in 1955, are awarded each year for the best food and wine books, as well as food television. These prestigious awards are the only international award celebrating gastronomy.

The overall winner will be announced at a ceremony in Yantai, China on 27-28 May 2017.

Read our review of The Oldest Foods on Earth here »

And here's the press release for The Oldest Foods on Earth  »

About John Newton

John Newton is a freelance writer, journalist and novelist. He writes on food, eating, travel, farming and associated environmental issues. His most recent books are Grazing: The Ramblings and Recipes of a Man Who Gets Paid to Eat (2010) and A Savage History: Whaling in the Pacific and Southern Oceans (2013). In 2005 he won the Gold Ladle for Best Food Journalist in the World Food Media Awards.

The Oldest Foods on Earth: A History of Native Australian Foods with recipes by John Newton is published by New South (Kensington NSW, Feb 2016; sc, 288pp). It retails in Australia for RRP A$29.99. It is available at good book stores and directly from the publisher here »

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