Author(s): Hattie Ellis
Planet Chicken is an eye-opening book about the bird we eat and mistreat the most. Hattie Ellis traces the chicken's evolution and history in farming, and reveals the grotesque scandal of the modern chicken industry, and its effect on our health. But she also talks to chicken lovers around the world, from West Indian jerk-chicken stall holders to Provencal chefs, and to the pioneers who are bringing real chickens back to our tables. This will be a shocking and informative read, but also an inspiring one.
Winner of Guild of Food Writers Awards: Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing 2008.
Praise for SWEETNESS & LIGHT -- --- 'Richly informative and beautifully written' -- The Times 'Entertaining and thoroughly worthwhile' -- John Carey, The Sunday Times 'A charming insight into the sweetness and dark side of the honeybee ... the history of an international creature that provides a neat reflection of humanity' -- Observer 20040704 'Like the densely packed honeycomb of the hive, her book is jam-packed with information, ideas, stories and questions ... fascinating' -- Independent 20040704 On Planet Chicken pb: "Ellis's book provides some of the meat behind the celebrity crusades." -- Sunday Times 20080210
Hattie Ellis writes about the connection between people, food and places. Hatties previous books include Eating England", Trading Places" and Sweetness & Light: The Mysterious History of the Honey Bee". In 2006she received theMichael Smith Award for work on British food from the Guild of Food Writers, for her book Best of British Fish" (Mitchell Beazley). She lives in Lewes, East Sussex.