The Democracy Cookbook is a collection of short and snappy, non-partisan opinion pieces authored by a cross-section of opinion leaders, academics, creative writers and other citizens. It also features some politically-themed poetry and food recipes. A unique form of grassroots mobilization, the book brings together a wide variety of voices to speak to the matter of “fixing” democratic governance in Newfoundland and Labrador after a period of acute political turmoil. It can be a useful model for jurisdictions across Canada and for small polities worldwide seeking to engage the public in debate about how democratic structures and processes should evolve. The Democracy Cookbook promises to stir up conversations around cabinet tables and kitchen tables alike.
Alex Marland (Political Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland) was a public servant in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador from 2003 to 2006. He coedited First Among Unequals: The Premier, Politics, and Policy in Newfoundland and Labrador and coauthored the textbook Inside Canadian Politics. His book Brand Command: Canadian Politics and Democracy in the Age of Message Control won the Donner Prize for best public policy book by a Canadian and the Atlantic Book Award for scholarly writing.
Lisa Moore (English, Memorial University of Newfoundland) has written two collections of short stories, Degrees of Nakedness and Open, and three novels, Alligator, February, and Caught, as well as a stage play based on her novel February, by the same title. Lisa’s most recent work, Flannery, is a young adult novel. She is the coeditor of Great Expectations: 24 True Stories about Birth by Canadian Writers and the editor of the anthology The Penguin Book of Contemporary Short Stories by Canadian Women.
"Democratic reform is badly needed in our province as recent events show. This is of great importance to all members of the public."
- John Crosbie, PC, ON, ONL, QC
"A vital, engaging, and accessible contribution to public discourse in the province... easy to read and accessible."
- Louise Calbert, Associate Professor, Political Science, Dalhousie University (Halifax)
"It is ot common to think either of cookbooks or books on politics as exhilarating - in reality or metaphorically. Yet when the approaches are combined (with actual recipes), as in The Democracy Cookbook, the result is indisputably informative and engrossing. Marland and Moore's innovative treatment deserves emulation."
-David E. Smith, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University (Toronto)