We face an uncertain future. From automation forcing mass unemployment to global ecological breakdown, the future of ‘modern’ human society has never been so demonstrably uncertain. In this blog I will argue that the solution to that is not simply about power politics, or technology – it’s entirely related to our relationship to food, and how that directly connects us as living animals to the world around us.
'An Anarchist's Cookbook' has been setup as part of a new project for 2021, with the aim of bringing ‘primitivist’ thinking to the ecological debate in Britain – and directly questioning the viability of the ‘green consumerism’ paradigm advanced by mainstream environmentalism since the 1990s.
It seeks to provides a different framework to discuss ecological issues, outside the frame of ‘consumerism’, as a means to address the excesses of Western consumption.
While this blog concentrates on everyday lifestyle, it partners with another new blog to look at the practical means for change: ‘Long Walks & Anarco-Primitivism’ – which looks at learning simple living skills outdoors, as practically as possible, so that you may carry out these ideas more easily indoors.
‘An Anarchist’s Cookbook’, Part 1, Imbolic 2021:
My Stone Age Food Processor – making meal with ancient simplicity
What are the most important tools in your kitchen? My most important ‘tool’ is a pestle and mortar.
In this post and accompanying video: I focus a little on the issue of the costs of food; the theory behind vegan protein sources; and I prepare a meal for the family and explain the economics of that – but mostly I show the simple brilliance of using a pestle and mortar.
‘An Anarchist’s Cookbook’, Part 0, Imbolic 2021:
‘About the Blog’ – An introduction to ‘An Anarchist’s Cookbook’
For the first post of the new blog, I present the ‘About the Blog’ page:
I’m writing this rather long and detailed theoretical splurge of consciousness precisely because I don’t want to have to endlessly repeat this as part of my blog posts. Hence, unless I want to examine a small aspect in more detail, I’ll simply refer people back to paragraphs within this page.