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June 2017

We speak with Christine Townend about her journey as a political activist for animal welfare, uncovering the motivation for her new book A Life for Animals. Townend also discusses the changes she has observed in society's attitude towards animal welfare within Australia and the major concerns she sees that still need to be addressed in this area.
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As a big fan of beetroot and all things plant-based, I was at first planning on trying one of the beetroot recipes from The Art of Living in Australia. Alas, none of the four beetroot dishes listed in the book attracted my interest. There is a recipe for beetroot and macaroni salad, two for some form of beetroot stew and mashed potatoes, and finally one for beetroot in white sauce. They all sounded somewhat bland, though they were probably quite exotic to the original audience of The Art of Living in Australia. Philip Muskett complains in the book about

the crude cookery which is bestowed on the ordinary vegetables at present in daily use. That there is any monotony in an endless recurrence of boiled potatoes, boiled cabbage, boiled this and boiled that, never seems to occur to the vast majority of people in this country, who seem incapable of understanding that these different vegetables are worthy of being served in an infinite number of ways. (pp.102–3)

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