Macaroni & Cheese and Revolution
The Anarchist Cookbook
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/01/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21533
Book review of Keith McHenry's and Chaz Bufe's The Anarchist Cookbook.
McHenry is a long-time activist who co-founded prominent projects Food Not Bombs, Indymedia, and Homes Not Jails while Bufe helped found the See Sharp Press in 1984 and is known for his writings in anarchist theory. Their collaborative text takes its name from the 1971 Anarchist Cookbook, written and since denounced by William Powell, which gave readers tools to make home-made drugs and bombs.
This new Anarchist Cookbook, by contrast, is a thoughtful and ideologically broad guide to anarchist activism in the 21st century. It combines the authors' expertise in anarchist theory and practice, including McHenry's interest in food reclamation and preparation as a source of rebellion and liberation.
The text includes essays on anarchist theory; guidelines for such tasks as developing a campaign, planning a meeting, and holding a rally; and recipes for mass food preparation at such events. Although it takes an anarchist perspective, its pragmatic organizing tools can benefit left-wing activists from all ideological traditions.