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Here's what the Bounceback Food team have been up to!

Today we’re excited to announce an open call for artists based in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and North Wales!

We’re looking for 20 artists to help us design our second recipe book, Secret dishes from around the world 2! The book will contain recipes from 20 different countries and will highlight the work we do to tackle food poverty in the UK.


We are a non-profit community cookery school that supports people living in food poverty in Greater Manchester, Cheshire & North Wales. We use the ‘buy one, give one’ model on our public cookery courses to generate free places for people using foodbanks/getting third sector support and sell staple items of food (pasta, soup, rice etc.) in the same way as part of our foodbank drive at market events. This proactive approach to tackling food poverty has helped us teach over 1,500 people how to cook, donate almost 10,000 items of food to foodbanks and provide over 50,000 meals as part of our wider community outreach work which also includes catering, supper clubs and corporate cook offs!


In November 2019 we published our first recipe book, Secret dishes from around the world! It took 15 months to write, design and illustrate following our ‘Back the book‘ crowdfunder in August 2018. The campaign secured the funds we needed to commission emerging Manchester-based artist Libby Element to illustrate all of the exciting vegetarian and vegan recipes that feature.

The hardback book is available to buy online via Waterstones, Blackwells, Amazon and Barnes & Noble or you can download the eBook equivalent from Apple BooksKindle and most other mainstream eBook platforms. The hardback book can also be ordered via our website and selected retailers in Canada, Spain, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Russia, South Korea, Poland, China, India and Italy too. In short, if selected, you and your work will get a global audience! Just like with the first book, we will be paying artists for their time – further details will be given to successful applicants.


All artists based in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and North Wales over the age of 18 are welcome to apply. You’ll also need to be available in central Manchester on the following dates/times for the design briefing and publisher info session:

  • Tuesday 11th February: 7-9pm
  • Tuesday 25th February: 7-9pm


Send an email, with ‘Secret dishes from around the world 2 – Artist Application’ as the subject, to [email protected] by midnight on Sunday 26th January and tell us:

  • Why you’d like to get involved
  • Where you’re based
  • What social media accounts/websites you’d like us to look at to see your work

Please also confirm that you’re available for the design briefing and publisher info sessions in central Manchester. Keep things brief, all killer no filler.


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