She Dined on Black Pudding

'The connection between food and biography feels firmest in the chapter on Eleanor Roosevelt, who presided over the most infamously bad meals in White House history. Roosevelt insisted on hiring a hardworking but completely inexperienced and ill-suited housewife from upstate New York, Henrietta Nesbitt, to run the West Wing kitchen, chiefly because she trusted the …

Diggings 2#

      It's citrus season in the yard again and the lime tree is going gangbusters. Experimenting with a different way of pickling limes this year, without putting them out in the sun to dry first. They will take a good few months to mature, so in the meantime... The Australian palaeodiet: which native …

Food and Words 2017

Food and Words is an annual one-day writers' festival curated by Barbara Sweeney aimed at the enthusiast, obsessed and curious reader and features authors who write about food. Compost has been a fan since it started in 2012.  You can view the calibre of speakers by going to the archives or listen to some of the talks on the ‘Listen’ page of …

Call for Papers

Call for Papers: The 11th New Zealand Symposium of Gastronomy Dear Fellow Gastronomers.  Please find below the call for papers for the 11th NZ Symposium of Gastronomy. If you know of any other potential symposiasts please email me with their details so that I can add them to the contact list. Further updates and registration will …