A project exploring what would happen if the UK couldn’t  import food.  

From the multiple ways climate change will affect our lives, changes in the way we eat are one of the most direct ones ︎

Cultivation and production of certain foods will no longer be possible, or reasonable to continue in its current form. On the other hand, with the changing climate more opportunities can arise to introduce crops previously impossible to grow in certain areas. What we consider “local food” will change.

We’re basing this project on a scenario when the UK becomes cut off of overseas food supplies - be it due to new, high taxes that make it commercially non viable to still import food, or to the overall ban to cut emissions. In this future, Britain can only cook with what it grows and produces.

But “British Cuisine” isn’t a baked potato and a side of beans, or a pea soup anymore - or at least it’s not the limit. For centuries, the menu and eating preferences of the UK’s population were influenced by various cultures and traditions, bringing many foregin flavours closer to home. Today, the diversity of British society rewrites the traditional recipe book, creating new classics and family favourites. Britons, whose relatives came from overseas generations ago and new immigrants and travels are influencing the way we eat, cook and grow food in the UK.

With this project, we want to showcase this new British cuisine - create a new menu telling the story of this country’s diversity and vibrance. We also want to add a different angle to this crucial narrative of climate change - a grassroot, hopeful take to supplement the radical call to action led by activists and scientists.


We’ll be reaching out to growers, chefs, sociologists, food historians, communities, home cooks and other stakeholders to help us co-write a new British cookbook, celebrating ingredients, dishes and stories that helped to shape the new British cuisine. We’ll work on developing new recipes, pantry staples and techniques that represent this melting pot of influences and are fit for those uncertain times.

Even though the scenario upon which this book will be based on is coming from the future, we want it to be a piece that showcases today - a multicultural Britain sat around the table and joined by flavours.

If you feel there’s a way your work, research or experience could help us and would like to contribute to this project, get in touch! We can talk in more detail and figure out how we can work together.



This project is an initiative of Still Not Quite - a critical research studio engaging with communities to open a discussion about their futures, founded by Dominika Świerad and Lorenzo Lattanzi.

SNQ believes that futures explored by critical and speculative design, currently locked in academia, specialist conferences and "design porn", should be of public domain and discussed by people facing real-life issues, everyday. It aims to bring the concerns and ideas of people not usually involved in high-level decision making to the table and help to make them a valid point of consideration.