Me and My Big Mouth is a personal account of how Australian food has changed in the baby-boomers’ lifetime. It’s the story of a generation that can remember life before pizza – a generation that has seen the demise of the local grocer and, decades later, the resurrection of the small local deli.
As well as taking a nostalgic look at growing up in the 1950s and 60s, this memoir gives the reader an insider’s view of the “Mad Men” era of Australian advertising. It embarks on various culinary journeys – on the ‘hippy-trail from Kathmandu to London, in the old cities of Europe and around Australia’s perimeter – and finally comes to rest in country New South Wales. Accompanied by generous helpings of tasty trivia, it’s a story of technology, social upheaval and coming-of-age.
Jan O’Connell is a grocer’s grand-daughter and a baby-boomer who has spent a lifetime in leading Australian advertising agencies, writing about ice cream, lollies, beer, yoghurt, biscuits, soup and a multitude of other things you eat and drink. She collaborated with her husband on the launch of a glossy magazine, Regional Food Australia, and still contributes to the online version. Her Australian food timeline, meandmybigmouth.com.au documents more than a century of changes in the way Australians eat, shop and grow their food.