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Eurospan Cooks: Pulses

4 Dec 2018 11:30:00


The nights are drawing in and it's cold outside... What better way to prepare for winter than with this lovely, illustrated collection of recipes from around the world? From Cuba to Pakistan, there's something in Pulses to warm all palates and suitable for multiple dietary requirements.

Pulses from the Food and Agriculture Orgnization of the United Nations (FAO) is a handy and straighforward collection of more than 30 recipes for pulses from around the world. And if you think this simply means baked beans or daal, then you have a pleasant suprise coming, as the books walks us through traditions and flavours from every continent. Pulses are a great tasty way to get your protein, without sacrificing either your wallet or your waistline, and the lovely illustrations throughout the book plus commentary from the contributing chefs make for a fascinating read as you cook.

Feeling in need of some Latin warmth, we tried the classic Cuban-style Picadillo sauce. Combining black beans, onions, garlic, chili, capers, raisins, olives, tomatoes and lots of cumin, this is a crowd-pleaser that goes perfectly with rice, as an acompaniment to a main meat dish, or just by itself. 


July 2018 sees the release of two of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations’ key biennial flagship reports.

The State of the World’s Forests 2018
and The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018 both provide a thorough look at the global challenges and goals faced by the world’s ecosystems and livelihoods – crucially, this year’s editions examine their respective sectors’ progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The State of the World’s Forests 2018 shines a light on the profound interlinkages that exist between forests and trees and multiple goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Bringing together evidence from a wide range of scientific sources, the analysis indicates how forests are critical to the livelihoods of the world’s poorest people and confirms the vital importance of healthy and productive forests to sustainable agriculture. It provides proof of the significance of forests and trees for water quality, climate and biodiversity, for future energy needs and for designing sustainable, healthy cities.

SOFO draws on eight case studies in countries across continents, describing how actions and landscape approaches that simultaneously address forests, agriculture, food, land use, and rural and national development have led to progress.

Moving away from land, The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018 also provides in-depth assessment of the 2030 agenda, examining and emphasising the fisheries and aquaculture sector's role and measuring progress towards these goals. It highlights just how crucial the fishery & aquaculture sector is for the food, nutrition, and employment of millions of people globally, and assesses the levels of fish production, human consumption, and wastage reduction.

Furthermore, SOFIA acknowledges and explores the challenges still faced by the sector moving forwards, including biological sustainability, tackling animal diseases, and maintaining accurate national statistics in support of policy development.

These two flagships represent the most accurate explorations and assessments of their respective sectors, providing coverage that examines the social, economic, and environmental factors and is both extensive and in-depth in its scope. Both flagship reports will be available from the Eurospan Bookstore in the six official United Nations languages – English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and Chinese.

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