Locavore Australia is photographer Katie Rivers (left) and writer Amy Willesee. Meeting at our sons' playgroup as new arrivals from Sydney to the south coast, we bonded over our love of food and novice vegie gardening, spending hours on Katie's deck overlooking the mandarin tree and chooks, flipping through gardening books and food mags. Until one day, over a mint slice, we decided to get up off the verandah and create our own foodie tome. Our book Locavore - a Foodies' Journey through the Shoalhaven is out in October.
Amy Willesee is the author of five non-fiction books, including
Love and Death in Kathmandu and The Road to Mount Buggery, winner of
the 2002 Prize for Asia-Pacific Travel Writing, which she co-wrote with
husband Mark Whittaker. A former journalist, she also writes a column for
House & Garden magazine about her attempts to feed her family
from their farm on the NSW south coast.
A freelance photographer for 17 years, Katie Rivers’ pictorial journey has
involved boardrooms, brides and broadsheets. Digging the vegie patch with
sons Louie and Ben was the beginning of this venture. The gumboots fit
surprisingly well. Inspired by Amy’s commitment to local food, working on this
project has ultimately brought the friendliness and flavours of the Shoalhaven