In 1946, just after the end of the Second World War, George Orwell submitted a culinary essay to the British Council called British Cookery, which he aimed to serve as a defence for the “slightly barbarous” diet of the Brits. The British Council, despite enjoying Orwell’s essay, opted not to publish it as Britain was still on rationing following the war and felt the timing wasn’t right. Now, more than 70 years after it was originally submitted, an arts foundation in England has released the essay, along with the very nice rejection letter he received for it.
As ABC News reports, the essay included recipes for dishes, some of which were deemed too extravagant for post-war Britain. One of the editor’s notes points out Orwell’s recipe for orange marmalade requires “too much sugar and water.” Orwell also includes recipes for Welsh rarebit, treacle tart, and Christmas pudding. The newly published piece has been released with a letter called ‘With Apologies to Mr. Orwell.’
The council has also published the rejection letter Orwell received, which explains how the publishers liked his work but felt it would be “unfortunate and unwise to publish it.”
The British Council now says it’s pleased to publish the letter, stating: “When people overseas talk about the cultural assets of the United Kingdom, its cuisine tends to come fairly low down on a list that is dominated by education, arts, science, music and more,” British Council senior policy analyst Alasdair Donaldson said in a statement. “But despite this, Orwell mounts a sturdy defense of our cooking – and food is one of the best ways in which different world cultures can exchange traditions and knowledge to learn from and appreciate each other.”
“Orwell was one of the finest minds on politics and the English language – but opinions are divided on his orange marmalade,” he added.
Jean Seaton, director of The Orwell Foundation, said: “The British Council rejected Orwell’s essay? What was new? The British Council were also censoring Orwell politically – he made British food sound so ghastly. At least the British Council paid him 30 guineas even if they did not publish it!” You can read Orwell’s full essay on the British Council website.
Sharalee Armitage Howard, a local artist and librarian, created the most recent Little Free Library after a 110 year old cottonwood tree outside her home was destined for felling. Sharalee decided the hollowed-out trunk would make for a beautiful project.
As well as the books the community can borrow, the little library also has a roof along with indoor and outdoor lighting- almost all the comforts of a regular library. It opened its tiny doors to the public and is now very successful in the neighbourhood, thanks in part to attention gained on social media.
James ‘Doc’ Greene Sr. had previously been banned from the library for taking pictures of children and causing disturbances, so thankfully staff recognised him before he could disturb the children’s stories.
After being arrested the conservative radio show host for Raging Elephants Radio attempted to blame his arrest on ‘being Christian’, and that the librarian was a ‘satanist’. He also accused the police of supporting child sexual assault by allowing the story time to continue.
Local resident Marci Laffen made the written request to the library asking that the books George, Lily and Dunkin and I am Jazz be moved to either the adult of young adult section of the library citing “sexual content” in her request. In addition, Laffen suggested books with themes of bullying, rebelling against police and refusing to take medications are the reasons the books do not have a place in the child’s section of the Andover Public Library in Kansas.
The library staff have spoken of their relief at raising £35,000 for its move to Peckham and the provisional opening date for the new library is 14th March. It was October when the Feminist Library launched a crowdfunding campaign for its relocation to a community centre in Peckham after being based in Westminster for the last thirty years.
The library has put together a collection of romantic scenes from literature that took place in New York City and they’ve created an interactive map so you can read your way around the city. It’s invaluable for those who want to indulge in a little literary tourism or those who just want to travel between the pages of a book, take a look below at all the books featured in the map and a link to the map itself! Read More