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ather than a restaurant chef,
I'm a home cook, so it all
comes down to simplicity,'
says Rosie Birkett, 33. 'I grew up eating
vegetables that my dad grew himself in
the vegetable patch. I'm also completely
led by the seasons, what's growing wild
in the nature reserve where I live, and
what's in my organic veg box usually
forms the backbone of what I'm going to
cook, along with some good organic meat.
'If you go to the trouble of sourcing
good ingredients you're halfway there, as
it's simple to create a feast.'

Honest
cooking
Laura Tait talks to food stylist,
writer and organic champion
Rosie Birkett about why
good food is all about the
right ingredients...
photography by
HELEN CAT HCA RT

'I'm lucky at
the moment
to be in a
position
where I
have a voice
in food,'
says Rosie,
who's an
ambassador
for Soil
Association.
'I want to
use that
voice to
encourage
people to
think, eat
and cook as
responsibly
as possible.'

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For Rosie, going organic means feeling
safe in the knowledge that the farmers
and food producers are in it for the
right reasons: to produce nutrient-rich
ingredients with a less devastating effect
on the environment, rather than turning
as much profit as possible as part of a
huge, industrialised machine.
'When you buy or grow organic food,
you have a guarantee that it has been
farmed or raised in the most natural
way possible - in healthy, fertile soils
that promote biodiversity rather than
chemical-led monocultures,' insists
Rosie. 'You know that polluting chemical
fertilisers have not been used, that
animals have been reared with the
highest possible welfare standards
- without the routine use of antibiotics,
sun on their back, access to clean water
and shade, rather than standing in a box
neck-deep in their own excrement.
'One of my favourite novelists, Wendell
Berry, says eating is "an agricultural act"
and I completely agree: it's important and
empowering to understand how the way
we shop, cook and eat affects the world
around us, as well as our own health.'

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