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Sweetmeat and Jellyglasses: It’s the final of The Great British Bake Off

With the final episode of a rather enchanting and quintessentially British programme on our doorsteps, here at The Lutterworth Press we have delivered a number of titles to sustain your apetites and occupy soon-to-be-free Wednesday nights.

The first title on our list is part of the antique collector’s pocket guide collection: Sweetmeat and Jellyglasses by Therle Hughes


Collecting small antiques can be of absorbing interest, partly because of items are easy to display and partly because they can be found in a great variety of places, including antique shops, public auctions, bric-a-brac stalls, jumble sales and flea-markets. Each title in this new series is written by an expert in his or her chosen subject. There is a wealth of practical advice to help the novice over any initial hurdles, guidance on prices and over 100 illustrations to help with identification. Each book could lead the way to a remarkably satisfying hobby.

“This book is intended to suggest the fascinating possibilities of collecting some of the finest glassware ever to gleam and sparkle on English tables, long overlooked by connoisseurs of drinking glasses. One of the pleasures of preparing such a book is the opportunity it offers to discover fellow enthusiasts with a shared admiration for past – and present – craftsmen and their superb lead crystal, world-renowned for centuries as flint-glass. I am extremely grateful to those who have given time and thought in helping me to select illustrations worth of my subject. These include treasured pieces from fine private collections and notable specimens, too, from museums in glass-making regions in London, the West Midlands and the North, where readers may go and see for themselves – and by looking learn far more than my words can ever convey.”

For more information, extracts and reviews or where to purchase your copy of Sweetmeat and Jellyglasses, click through here.

What in God’s Name Are You Eating? How Can Christians Live and Eat Responsibly in Today’s Global Village? by Andrew Francis


How you eat affects the planet – and everyone else on it. What you eat might literally cost the earth. It also has implications for your health, for the grower or producer, and for the way you think about the world. What in God’s Name Are You Eating? faces what many of us choose to ignore in the Western world: we, as adults, have allowed a childlike innocence to mask the real cost of the environment in which we are cocooned, while thousands elsewhere find themselves drought-stricken and starving. “What in God’s name are they not eating?” “Enough” is the simple answer and we are part of the reason why.

The price of ‘life’, as we know it, is high. To those of us who have ‘life’, there is a moral imperative to enable others to share it rather than suppress them. With its advocacy of a globally responsible discipleship, What in God’s Name Are You Eating? enables us to see how the world’s peoples can have life and a long future. While the reflection is rooted in radical Mennonite Christianity, the challenge is to those of faith – and those of none.

For more information, extracts and reviews or where to purchase your copy of What in God’s Name Are You Eating? , click through here.

The Threatened Gene: Food, Politics, and the Loss of Genetic Diversity by Cary Fowler and Pat Mooney


Since the days of the hunter-gatherers, Man has used for food plants of a vast genetic diversity. Yet the very earliest farming laid the seeds of a frightening tendency, greatly increased by the Agricultural Revolution. Uniformity in agriculture has been growing at an ever-increasing rate, most particularly in the use of plant breeds. As fewer varieties are employed, so the neglected ones disappear and are lost to the global gene pool. Genetic erosion is fast gathering pace.

The southern hemisphere now holds most of the world’s germplasm – the genetic basis of seeds – while the developed world is consolidating its control of genetic resources. Unexpected disasters to a particular crop variety will inevitably hit less developed countries harder than the economic superpowers, which still see the problem in short and local terms. The Threatened Gene looks at the social effects of genetic erosion, from the Irish potato blight to mass Ethiopian starvation. Control over the gene pool is shifting from farmers to scientists and head of industry, while political considerations determine agricultural policy with increasing frequency.

This comprehensive, uncompromising study is written in lay terms from an international perspective. Despite the grimness of the message, the tale is told with fluency and even humour, and offers a solution to potential disaster in which each reader may play a part.

For more information, extracts and reviews or where to purchase your copy of The Threatened Gene: Food, Politics and the Loss of Genetic Diversity, click through here.

For the full Lutterworth catalogue, click here to browse our entire collection of titles.

In the meantime, happy baking!


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