The Food Junctions Cookbook

The Food Junctions Cookbook is more than a recipe book. A genuine collaboration between a university – UCL – and many of London’s local communities and beyond, it mixes practice, politics and pleasure and ties people together through a common interest in food. Some 70 contributors share their ‘living recipes’ for things to cook, things to think about and above all things to do. Get yourself ready to try some of these living recipes: how to taste wine, open up a catering co-op, deal with food waste, prevent childhood obesity, make delicious dishes from wild plants and grow food in the city.

This Cookbook is another step on a collective journey we began with Food Junctions in 2010, when we set out to explore the significance of food, culminating in a festival that celebrated food in and as community, and shared new ways of thinking about what we produce and consume. We continued our journey with Foodpaths in 2011, in which we developed diverse forms of knowledgeexchange and experience-sharing through and for the urban food movement in London. Taken together, both projects have been about social innovation through food, and the experience of living social change in our daily lives. However, the recipes presented here will never be ‘living’ enough unless you read and cook them at home and in your communities.

Come cook with us and jointhe journey!


“This is a book to read quickly and to read slowly, a book to savour and to relish; a book to return to time and again when you need cheering and inspiration. Read it!”

Professor Michael Worton
UCL Vice-Provost
(Academics and International)

“This is an inspiring book, like a bird landing on a lake, it sends out ripples far beyond it. It provides us with recipes not just for the cooking of food, but how we grow it and eat it, by ourselves and together. It suggests that the process and purpose of social innovation can be thought of like recipes, that add the creativity of the present to those recipes for collaboration that have worked so well in the past.”

Dr. Robin Murray
LSE, Fellow at The Young Foundation, coauthor
of The Open Book of Social Innovation

The Book is availalbe as PDF for free download here:

or as Hardcopy from Amazon here:

All the sales of the hardcopy are not for profit and will be used to continue this project and to support local communities around London