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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 brought to you from the sold-out supper club of the same name, which explores the unsung edible heroes of our forests – the humble Christmas trees and their evergreen friends! As well as recipes for cooking with pine, fir and spruce this book also encourages reflection around food waste and resourcefulness in an age of deforestation and climate crisis and asks how we might be able to celebrate nature in an alternative way.
About the Author
Julia Georgallis is an artisan baker who currently runs a nomadic microbakery called The Bread Companion, as well as being involved in a number of other food related projects such as her annual kitchen residency at the Designers on Holiday summer camp in Sweden and as a partner at Queimado Lisboa. Her most recent work and projects revolve around looking at food as a design solution and as an educative, empowering tool to improve peoples' lives. The How to eat your Christmas tree project came about in winter 2015 as a collaboration between her and friend, Lauren Davies. Lauren and Julia were both interested in sustainability and wanted to collaborate to encouEage people to think about food waste and so they began to experiment with cooking with various Christmas trees and launched their first ever supper club series.
Julia was born and raised in London, but now lives in Lisbon.
"The perfect book to find under the tree this year."- The New York Times
"She encourages people to seek out the trees throughout the year in the wild, with spring being a prime occasion for gathering the branch tips, a delicacy all their own. She says the holidays present a special opportunity because it is when we bring trees into the home. She offers a recipe on her site for a Douglas fir-infused eggnog. Her assessment? -'Best. Eggnog. Ever.'"- The Wall Street Journal
"Georgallis' book has all sorts of recipes for fish, lamb, squash and ice cream."- NPR