For almost twenty years Schumacher College at Dartington has been brewing up a unique pot pourri of human connections, raising ecological awareness, and stimulating taste buds. For many students and teachers, their stay at the College has opened their eyes to how delicious vegetarian cooking can be. Repeatedly they have gone away demanding recipesoand suggesting a cookbook.
The cuisine at the College calls upon the best of Mediterranean, Californian, Indian, and Mexican vegetarian cooking. It celebrates old favourites rich in cheese and eggs, and offers a variety of tempting new vegan dishes using ingredients such as pulses, tofu and tempeh. The ecological dimension of food production is discussed, together with issues concerning nutrition and special diets.
Gaiais Kitchen offers a full repertoire of soups, main courses, salads, desserts, breads, cakes and biscuits. Alongside family-size quantities, the book includes communitysize quantities, making it invaluable for teaching centres, communities and anyone who wants to prepare a vegetarian banquet for thirty or forty friends.
Julia Ponsonby has been Head of Food at Schumacher College for many years. The college was founded to work towards a new world-view of sustainable living in harmony with the natural environment and the whole human race. Julia's culinary style developed to fit those founding principles; local, sustainably sourced ingredients prepared using cooking methods from around the world.