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'How to eat your Christmas tree' cookbook
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'How to eat your Christmas tree' cookbook

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The 'How to eat your Christmas tree' project started life in 2015 as a supper club where traditional Christmas trees like pine, fir and spruce were served up as part of a coniferous feast in order to explore how we might rethink waste around Christmas time.  My research extended to explore other types of evergreens and ways of celebrating Christmas and the recipes from 5 years worth of supper clubs were then collated into a cookbook and published by Hardie Grant in 2020.  

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Evergreen trees are pillars of the winter – through extreme temperatures across the most bitter terrains, they stand tall and thriving, resilient in the face adversity. However, as the festive season draws to a close, these comforting conifers can often be found lining the streets, cast off and disused with wilted branches dotted across dustbins.  How to Eat Your Christmas Tree is a cookbook which explores the unsung edible heroes of our forests – the humble Christmas trees and their evergreen friends. Featuring recipes for ferments and preserves, feasts, sweet treats and drinks, you will learn how to extend the life of your beloved Christmas tree and turn them into delectable delights to enjoy throughout the year. From simple ideas such as infusing pine needles to make a delicious and warming Pine Tea to more lavish spreads such as a decadent fir-cured salmon, How to Eat Your Christmas Tree is a refreshing and innovative cookbook that encourages you to think about food waste and to be more resourceful in an age of deforestation and climate crisis. 

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