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Coolabah  2011 

Margaret Fulton: A study of a 1960s Australian food writer as an activist

Keywords: Margaret Fulton , Australian food writing , food writers

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Today, food writing makes up a significant proportion of the texts written, published,sold and read each year in Australia. While the food writing published in magazines andcookbooks has often been thought of as providing useful, but relatively banal, practicalskills-based information to its readers, relatively recent reassessments suggest that foodwriting is much more interesting and important than this. In the contemporary context,when the mere mention of food engenders considerable anxiety, food writers play anumber of roles beyond providing information on how to buy, store, prepare and servevarious provisions. Instead, contemporary food writers engage with a range of importantissues around food production and consumption including sustainable and ethicalagriculture, biodiversity and genetic modification, food miles and fair trade, food safetyand security, and obesity, diabetes and other health issues. In this, Australian foodwriters not only provide comment on any important issues in progress, they are also, Isuggest, forward-thinking activists, advocating and campaigning for change. This paperfocuses on prominent Australian food writer Margaret Fulton’s career in the 1960s tobegin to investigate her work as an activist: that is, one who advocates and campaigns tobring about change.

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