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Award winning food writing: The last dinner in the Jungle

This is not, as this post’s title might suggest, about NOMA’s pop-up on the fringes of the Mexican jungle in Tulum, widely publicized but rightly criticized for its outrageous pricing and accused of ‘gastronomical colonialism’.

Roads & Kingdoms - one of hep.’s favourite magazines on food, politics, travel & culture - has received the 2017 James Beard Award for best publication, while R&K’s Shane Mitchell’s article on the refugee camp on the outskirts of Calais, France, was awarded best journalism prize in the Food & Culture category.

The article is an extract from Mitchell’s book Far Afield: Rare Food Encounters from Around the World

Picture Credit: FAR AFIELD Copyright © 2016 by Shane Mitchell. Photographs copyright © 2016 by James Fisher. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Mitchell describes how, despite the camp's grim conditions, the constant fear of eviction and deportation and the threat of police action & Neonazi violence, the Jungle had for most of it inhabitants become the first place where they could rest from their frantic, panicked flights across the continent or the Mediterranean.

In the Jungle's makeshift eateries and volunteer-run soup kitchens they could stay warm and sometimes even experience a taste of home.

Read the full article here!

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