During the course of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010, schoolchildren in the Vienna Woods and Great Walser Valley biosphere reserves participated in a campaign documenting the value of biodiversity in their immediate surroundings, amongst other things, by using plants for cooking. Due to the tremendous success of this campaign, the national committee for the UNESCO research programme "Man and the Biosphere" (MAB) has now published a book about Austrian biosphere reserves that also includes a "Biosphere Reserves Cookery Book".
The recipes typical of each region featured in this book contain plants (herbs, vegetables and spices) rarely or no longer in use today. These recipes are reproduced together with information and exceptional photographs of habitats, animals, plants and humans so as to demonstrate why biodiversity is such an important theme for the future - one affecting the quality of life of each and every one of us.
In line with the MAB axiom of biosphere reserves as learning sites for sustainable development, the publishers have teamed up with Lower Austrian Vocational School for Tourism Waldegg in all aspects relating to cookery. The recipes have been selected and revised by the top chefs at Waldegg from the many recipes received during the schools campaign, as well as from family recipes and the recipes used by local restaurateurs. They have all been tried and tested by the students under the supervision of teachers and chefs.
The result is this extremely remarkable cookery book.