Posted by: Lisa Hill | January 11, 2013

Book Giveaway: Lentil as Anything, by Shanaka Fernando and Greg Hill

Lentil as AnythingHere’s a book giveaway with a difference:  Lentil as Anything is the true story of Shanaka Fernando who founded the Lentil as Anything community restaurants in Melbourne.

Fernando is a bit of a hero with vegetarians, vegans, lefties, impoverished students and anyone else who likes flavoursome, healthy food at an affordable price – because the restaurants operate on a ‘pay-what-you-feel-it’s-worth’ philosophy.  That is, you make an agreement with your conscience to pay what you can afford.  So, for example, when The Spouse and I ate at the Lentil as Anything Restaurant at the Abbotsford Convent when we attended a fund-raising event there, since we are both working, we paid what we would normally pay for a main course meal in any other restaurant, plus  a bit more because we wanted to support the venture.  If we were unemployed, we would shave the price accordingly.

This book, co-written with Melbourne author Greg Hill, traces the remarkable story of Fernando’s life and how he came to make a success of his ‘unique financial model that is centred on the values of trust, generosity and respect that gives people the opportunity to eat out and be social regardless of their financial situation’.

In keeping with this philosophy, this giveaway is based on a similar idea.  If you win, please donate what you think the book is worth to the charity of your choice!  The amount you give is up to you and there is no requirement to comment here about how much it is or who you’re donating it to.

All entries from Australian or New Zealand residents will be eligible but it is a condition of entry that if you are the winner, you must contact me with a postal address by the deadline that will be specified in the blog post that announces the winner. (I’ll redraw if this deadline isn’t met).

So, be in it to win it!  Register your interest in comments below and I’ll draw the winner at the end of next week using a random generator.

Authors: Shanaka Fernando and Greg Hill
Title: Lentil as Anything
Publisher: Vivid Publishing 2012
ISBN: 9781922022721
Source: Giveaway copy courtesy of the author.


Fishpond:Lentil as Anything
Or direct from Vivid Publishing


  1. Oh that’s a lovely idea Lisa. I heard him interviewed on Radio National last year and loved what he had to say. Would be fascinated to read this and happy to donate to a cause. Count me in …

    • Sure will, Sue:)

    • Hi, the book is actually in desperate need of support and trying to gain donations through pozible so they can make a second print run. The website is

  2. I am always keen to find out about interesting places to eat in Melbourne and it certainly sounds like a fascinating business concept. I am intrigued!!

    • Hey, Jemma, lovely to see you here! Good luck!

  3. Please enter me, as it sounds like a fascinating read. And it’s reminded me that Melbourne should be on my places to visit one day list.

    • Good luck, Kerri! I hope you make it over here soon:)

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