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In the last twelve months, many of you have become aware of inspiring home economics educator Sandra Fordyce-Voorham through her role as co-author of The Food Book and her contributions online here at The Food Book blog. Now you can also follow Sandra at her new food skills blog:  which includes lesson ideas, recipes and many other resources.

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Coinciding with Women’s History Month, The Food Book blog is pleased to promote this free seminar entitled ‘Beyond the Kitchen: Australian Women Food Writers in a Changing Society’ to our Victorian subscribers.

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Moonee Ponds workshop

Throughout 2010, many of you attended one of Oxford’s “Food Stories” workshops presented by Leanne Compton. In these workshops, Leanne explored strategies to help students integrate recipes and their ingredients into a historical, geographical and social context. Sharing this cross-curricula approach to learning is Dr Barbara Joseph from Alkira Secondary College, who recently wrote the following article for the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria.


The Food Book is the new benchmark in Australian food education. Join us for the next step as we present a series of ICT ‘hot topics’ that you can easily weave into your teaching program from the very next day. ICT resources for home economics teachers and students in the 21st century include: web 2.0, video clips, iPad apps, blogging, alongside fresh ideas and resources for one-to-one learning in the home economics classroom. Explore The Food Book blog, website and iPad app as well as many other resources and ideas.

WHAT: The Food Book professional support workshop: Adding ICT to Food

WHEN: Thursday 3 March 2011 (3:30-4:15pm: registration & afternoon tea 4:15 – 5:15pm: workshop)

WHERE: Convention Centre, Box Hill Institute of TAFE, Building E4, Elgar Road, Box Hill

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Saturday 16th October marked World Food Day. World Food Day events began 31 years ago in 1979 when the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations declared the day. The goal of World Food Day is to increase awareness of global food issues such as poverty, hunger, malnutrition, food shortage and increasing food prices. Read the rest of this entry »

Did you know that this week is National Nutrition Week? To celebrate this occassion, The Food Book blog is pleased to promote the fantastic Healthy Food Healthy Planet initiative by Nutrition Australia. Read this excerpt from their website to find out more, or visit:

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If yes, you need to know about the Home Economics Teachers’ Big Day Out! The conference is being held on Friday 17th September in Watervale (15km south of Clare, 9km north of Auburn) and has an impressive list of speakers and presenters.

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In her series of workshops, Leanne Compton discusses the idea of ‘food stories’ – the notion that recipes should be embedded into a story or context.

Food stories make food come to life

  • Are you a  Home Economics, Food Technology or Hospitality educator?
  • Are you looking for something to fill the MasterChef void?
  • And do you live in Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane?

Leanne Compton and Sandra Fordyce-Voorham at the Mentone professional support workshop

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The Food Book blog is a gift from Oxford University Press to the Australian food education community. With free recipes, videos, interviews and articles, the blog is a thriving community for food teachers and students. Use the free resources on this blog with your students, make connections with other food teachers and participate in the future of food education.

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