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Nothing to Eat

Nothing to Eat is a cookbook designed to minimise household food waste. This cookbook gets us to eat the food in the fridge instead of letting it go to waste.


Ngā Pae Māhutonga - The School of Design, Massey University, New Zealand
Faculty Advisors: Tulia Moss, Euan Robertson
Design: Olivia Santner

The title of the book, Nothing to Eat, is derived from the term we often use when we look inside our fridges. There is definitely food somewhere in there but it may not be appetising enough, or a few ingredients will not cut it for a whole meal. This cookbook tries to get its readers to eat the food they have, instead of letting it go to waste.

The book sleeve is an actual chopping board. This was designed to work as a constant reminder to use the book and the food in the fridge. There are 75 recipes in the book to help users use up any forgotten food in the fridge and pantry, as well as a few tips and tricks on storing leftovers, using up scraps of ingredients and regrowing vegetables. The recipes are simple to follow but interesting. For example, ice cream that is made with one ingredient, or chips made from broccoli stems.

The copywriting and the large images in the book aims to engage and encourage readers to experiment with food, trying different recipes and showing how simple making food can be. Each section is colour-coded for users to navigate through the book easily from the contents right through to the index.


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