A cookbook to tackle food waste in Buckinghamshire

18 January 2021

The Rothschild Foundation awarded a three year Impact grant to Feedback in 2018 to explore issues around food waste in Buckinghamshire homes, businesses and farms. Feedback have worked closely with local residents to empower them to see themselves as ‘food citizens’, who can use food choices to achieve positive change in their communities.

As part of this Food Citizens project, Feedback launched a ‘Glut Busting’ Cookbook on 18th January 2021. The cookbook will help inspire those attempting ‘Veganary’, as well as those who want to take action to prevent food waste in Buckinghamshire.

Feedback worked collaboratively with High Wycombe based organisation Empower to Cook to identify excess produce and potential ‘gluts’ within Buckinghamshire. A glut is an excessively abundant supply of something, such as sweetcorn on a neighbour’s allotment that excelled during lockdown, the apples grown on pick your own farms and not used; or cultivated autumn squash left to rot in the field at the end of the season. Eating both seasonally and locally, is key to local sustainable diet and a key message of the project. Feedback and Empower to Cook used these potential food sources as the inspiration for recipes  to help combat waste collectively and raise awareness on a local level.

The eBook ‘Glut Busting Recipes- A food citizens cookbook’   is available free on Feedback’s website . Copies will be also be available through partner organisations in Buckinghamshire.