The Urban Cook: Cooking and Eating for a Sustainable Future

Mark Jensen

The Urban Cook: Cooking and Eating for a Sustainable Future
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The Urban Cook: Cooking and Eating for a Sustainable Future

Mark Jensen

Red Lantern chef Mark Jensen believes that you don’t have to start your own chicken farm or move to the country to make sustainable food choices - it can happen in your very own supermarket, kitchen or backyard. From buying seasonally and growing your own vegetables, to using all parts of the animal and selecting free range options, he shows us how to avoid waste, make fewer demands on the food chain and nurture ourselves the way that nature intended. With over 100 easy-to-follow recipes, this is a must-have cookbook for busy people who value great tasting food and want to make informed and ethical choices about what they eat.


I already have too many cookbooks, so why do I feel compelled to collect more? Unfortunately I am not going to be able to resolve my dilemma in the limited space I have here but I will say that when I am looking through a new cookbook and find myself marking every second page I know that I need to find a space for it on my shelves.

Urban Cook is one such book – a stellar collection of recipes but also a treatise on cooking and eating for a sustainable future. Rather than structuring his recipes by course, Red Lantern chef Mark Jensen has chosen to divide them into simple chapters. The first chapter on vegetables contains over forty recipes with inventive combinations like carrot, orange and blackcurrant salad and sweet and sour capsicum with pineapple and basil. The variety of cultural influences reflects a truly contemporary approach to cooking.

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