Introducing…The Antarctic Book of Cooking And Cleaning
Snow, penguins, ice, more snow…food? Food is not one of the first associations that typically crosses the mind when thinking of the world’s windiest, coldest, driest + most desolate continent, but that is about to change. The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning is a cultural history and recipe book based around a Russian-Canadian environmental clean-up expedition on King George Island, 120 miles off the Antarctic Peninsula.
While garbage exists everywhere, it cannot even decompose in Antarctica, so 54 individuals set out to pick up 28 years worth of garbage place in the summer of 1996, hence the “Cleaning”. The “Cooking” comes from the authors, Wendy Trusler + Carol Devine, who fed the crew with their own recipes from home, ones they came up with on the expedition + borrowed from their international neighbors, including Brazilian, Uruguayan + Chilean dishes. 42 of those recipes can be found in this book, along with breathtaking photographs, journal entries, letters, menu plans + provision lists.
This book will leave you as inspired as it does hungry. Food broke the ice on the icy continent when language stood as a barrier between the temporary neighbors in Antarctica. New friends feasted on Wendy + Carol’s honey oatmeal bread, rosemary maple borscht + chocolate crème, and now you can too from the comforts of your own home.
The sublime images of the dreamy atmospheric landscapes evoke such tranquility, this collection could stand alone as a coffee table book even if the recipes weren’t tried in the kitchen. Beyond the illuminating photographs + delectable cuisine, The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning shares a truly original story from the bottom of the world + teaches us a lesson in the wonders we can make from close to nothing in our own.
Check out the book here.