Nature’s Foods

In 1973 I co-wrote Nature’s Foods (click for full pdf) with Karen Betteridge. The book is very much a creature of its time. It is hand-written and hand-illustrated (all Karen’s work) and offers a vision of natural foods based on macrobiotic ideas but tailored to the British and American rural and homesteading traditions.

While there a few pages that make me cringe a bit now, it is still a wonderful expression of love of nature and of  harmonious and natural eating and is full of ideas that were visionary for their time yet taken for granted now.

The recipes are basic (in many cases too much so)  but the value of the book now is more in the integrated and romantic whole that it offers. Infinity Foods recently republished Nature’s Foods on behalf of the charity Practical Actions and copies of this reprint can be bought from The Journal of Chinese Medicine bookshop



  1. Mark

    Hi. I’m just making some Tibetan Barley bread page 39 from my much used Nature’s Foods and decided to put the title in a search and found your website – it’s good to see you’ve got all this up on the ‘net. The book I fell in love with when I found it in a friend”s wholefood shop in Poole many years ago – it seemed to define so much if where we were at the time. So , still in use in our kitchen all these years on !!!

    • Peter Deadman

      Hi Mark

      I’ve just realised I haven’t made Tibetan Barley Bread for years and I used to love it. I’ll have to dig out a copy of Nature’s Foods!
      And yes, while it’s all a bit fluffy, dated and naive it’s still true in its heart … the kind of perception we now need more than ever.
      warm wishes, Peter

  2. Sarah

    My copy of Natures Foods has been with me since 1980. My favourite cookbook. I never even noticed it was vegan, for years, but now I am fully vegan I appreciate it even more. My favourite was always karinto biscuits with strawberry jam.
    It is still in front of me on my kitchen counter as I type this. A beautiful and inspiring book that has been with me through decades of change and growth.

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