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The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning: A Polar Journal

Biography / Memoir

By: Wendy Trusler (Author), Carol Devine (Author)

272 pages, colour & b/w photos

Harper Design (Harper Collins imprint)

Hardback | Jun 2015 | #218842 | ISBN-13: 9780062395030
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NHBS Price: £24.99 $32/€30 approx

About this book

The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning is a unique journey through an austral summer, when a group of dedicated individuals – fifty-four people from five countries – picked up nearly three decades' worth of garbage during a three-month period in Antarctica.

In this visually captivating polar journal, Wendy Trusler and Carol Devine transport readers back twenty years and thousands of miles to Bellinghausen, the Russian research station that became their temporary home. Devine, a humanitarian who piloted the project, and Trusler, a visual artist and cook, use journal entries, letters, provision lists, recipes, and menus to document their voyage. They share pithy, insightful observations on life, food, science, politics, and the environment. Showcased throughout are modern and vintage photos and vignettes from Antarctica's short history – all of which add delightful color and warm detail to this unique book.

Trusler reveals the challenges of cooking in a makeshift kitchen during long, white nights at the bottom of the world. While the dozens of eco-tourists strive to help preserve the continent, she must figure out how to cook for all of them in the small camp kitchen, using limited ingredients. The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning includes forty-two eclectic, tasty, and hearty recipes tinged with Russian, Chinese, and South American influences, such as Honey Oatmeal Bread, Cheese Fondue, Great Wall Dumplings, Roasted Pepper Goulash with Smoked Paprika, Roast Leg of Pork, and Frozen Chocolate Cream. All beautifully photographed, these dishes reflect the expedition's colorful cultural fabric and the astonishing raw beauty of their surroundings – a continent uniquely devoted to peace, cooperation, and science.

" [...] should be of interest to everyone from armchair travelers, to adventurers, to environmentalists, and to foodies who will want to know how to re-create Antarctic cuisine at home (first, set yourself atop several miles of ice)."
– Bob Payne, travel writer, former contributing editor, Condé Nast Traveler


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