Eat your history receives a Heritage Award

And the winners are... © National Trust NSW (detail)

We are very delighted that Eat your history, stories and recipes from Australian kitchens has received a National Trust New South Wales 2016 Heritage Award in the publication category. Eat your history received Highly Commended in a rich field of inspiring publications.

Eat your history, stories and recipes from Australian kitchens. Sydney Living Museums and NewSouth Publishing. 2015. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums, cover designed by Anne-Louise Falson.

As author it is lovely to receive accolades, however the book’s quality and appeal comes down to many hard working, many generous, clever, creative, passionate behind the scenes people here at Sydney Living Museums, and our co-publishers, NewSouth Publishing.

Eat your history publication National Trust NSW Heritage Award 2016.

The guiding lights

Project manager, Rhiain Hull skilfully and enthusiastically steered the publication process, coordinating between SLM and our co-publisher, NewSouth Publishing. Throughout the many hours of patient structural editing, keeping track of costs and schedules, Rhiain maintained her good humour and positive approach. Special thanks go also to Beth Hise, who has been a guiding light through all our Eat Your History projects, and to NewSouth publisher Phillipa McGuinness, whose enthusiasm for the stories and recipes gave us immense encouragement.

Cordial recipes designed by Anne-Louise Falson, photography by James Horan. © Eat your history, stories and recipes from Australian kitchens, Sydney Living Museums and NewSouth Publishing.

Added colour and flavour

With her colourful and creative style, designer Anne-Louise Falson cooked up a visual feast, sifting through hundreds of historical and contemporary images and special thanks must go to my partner in culinary crime, Scott Hill, who you know as ‘the Curator’ in this blog, for his feature pieces in the book, and ongoing collaboration in all things food and heritage. Copy-editor Clara Finlay added so much to the quality of the writing, and we thank her for her thoughtful views and suggestions, and Alysha Buss who diligently managed the images, credits and permissions. Photographer James Horan added freshness and flavour with his masterful eye.

A selection of deliciousness prepared by our volunteers. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Our volunteer recipe testers Charmaine O’Brien, Margot Riley and Paula Southcombe and interns Bethany Leyshan and Amelia Lindsay helped immensely – helping to decipher poor handwriting, overcome vague or non-existent cooking instructions, assist with the food prep and styling – and a lot of washing up! for the photography. We thank them for giving their time, energy and support so enthusiastically.

The brains trust

Eat your history is the product of many years’ collaborative work and mentorship, and hands-on experience engaging with our visitors who have supported our museums and gastronomy programs over the years. Input from current and former SLM staff has been invaluable – Georgia Connolly, Anna Cossu, Gary Crockett, Helen Curran, Clive Freeman, Elena Gomez, Jane Kelso, Alice Livingstone, Megan Martin, Jenny Olman, Matthew Stephens and Bob Whight for their time, expertise and professional generosity.

In good company

Several other SLM projects were on the list of finalists this year, including two significant projects from the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection led by Megan Martin:

Winner for Multimedia – Recorded for the Future: Documenting NSW Homes led by Michael Lech

Winner for Research and Investigation – The Elizabeth Bay House ‘Lost’ Library Project led by Matthew Stephens

The National Trust New South Wales must be acknowledged for their tireless commitment to the heritage sector and their corporate sponsors, and The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, The Heritage Council of New South Wales who support the annual initiative.