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on 9 October 2007
Probably not, and most of the time you wouldn't want to know.
But with 'Fair Trade' products, it's a different story.
Unlike many foods from around the world, 'Fair Trade' products mean that people in third world countries can find a market for their goods AND get a fair price for them.
This means that they can radically improve their standard of living....
Following her fact-finding trip to Switzerland, Sophie introduces this cookbook giving information about Oxfam's 'Fair Trade' work, and adding her own recipes to those contributed by top cooks, like Delia Smith, Rose Elliott, Anton Mosimann, Michael Barry and Ken Hom, along with Oxfam workers from all over the world.
Every one of the 100 recipes in the 'Fair Trade Cookbook' supports this work by using `Fair Trade' ingredients......

Of course, since this item was published back in 1997, there has been a lot of on-going and successful liaison work relating to food products in the major supermarket chains, largely fronted by `Waitrose', in an attempt to balance this delicate issue.
It is refreshing to note that Sophie was concerned enough over ten years ago by fronting this super book that seems to have gone largely unnoticed.

144 pages, split over main chapters:-

1. Snacks and Starters
2. Main Courses
3. Vegetables and Salads
4. Desserts
5. Cakes and Biscuits
6. Drinks and Confectionery

with an introduction from Sophie, and a section entitled, 'More about Fair Trade Products', plus 'Credits' and a full index.

Each recipe has the number of servings, full list of ingredients, a relevant note with serving tips and the method. Interspersed with some colour photography, simple line drawings, mainly of ingredients and `Fair Trade' notes or comments, such as:-

'Each brazil nut collector is given ten trees to look after.
This helps the environment, because new trees are being planted and cared for.'

or

'...sometimes economic pressures can make you short-sighted and tempt you to take too much from the land now and let the next generation pay the price.'

Recipes include:-

* Spinach and Walnut Omelette
* St John's Welsh Rarebit
* Slow-Braised Honey and Cider Pork
* Mackerel baked in Tea
* Curried Haddock Cakes
* Cheese Popadoms
* Yucatan-style Chicken
* Lamb Satay
* Ghanaian Pumpkin
* Kedgeree
* Nasi Goreng
* Leek and Almond Filo Pie
* Chicory Tatin
* Fruit Curry
* Spicy Peanut Sambal
* Creamy Orange Bananas
* Brunne
* Pears baked with Honey
* Chocolate Fondue
* Christmas Ricotta Soufflés
* Raspberry Ice Cream
* Apple Strudel
* Mango Jelly
* Swahili Buns
* Oxfam Tea Blend
* Hot Chocolate Toddy
* Coffee Calypso
* Quick Chocolate Truffles
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