Carolien Niebling, ECAL

The Sausage of the Future

Can we count on the sausage to provide a solution, in order to reduce the consumption of meat? And can the use of new ingredients increase the diversity of our diets? Can the sausage make a considerable contribution to a sustainable food culture? To answer these questions, a chef of molecular gastronomy, a master butcher and a designer have teamed up to look into sausage production techniques and potential new ingredients – like insects, nuts and legumes – to reinvent the sausage of the future.

Sausage of the Future takes the reader on a journey through all the building blocks of a sausage. It stops along the way to explore issues like moistness, flavoring, glue and preservation. The publication catalogues different types of sausages and presents lesser-known ingredients, carefully selected for their potential regarding the future. In our days, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), we are facing a serious shortage of protein-rich-food. The reason is the overconsumption of animal products. Meat, in particular, will be scarce – we need alternatives.

The sausage is one of mankind’s first-ever designed food items. A paragon of efficient butchery, it was originally designed to make the most of animal protein in times of scarcity. With its wide variety of sizes and its endless choice of possible fillings, the sausage offers itself again to take a pioneering role. This time, not only to make the most of animal protein, but to be a shell for all kinds of nutrition.


«Dieses Buch, dem wir selbstverständlich den Preis verliehen haben, hat mich tief und nachhaltig in den Wurstkosmos gezogen.»
– Das Magazin

Carolien Niebling examines the role of the sausage in the reduction of meat consumption
The Architectural Review

Author(s): Carolien Niebling
Edited by ECAL/École cantonale d'art de Lausanne
With photographs by Jonas Marguet, Emile Barret, Noortje Knulst, Emile Barret
With contributions by Herman ter Weele, Gabriel Serero
Design: Carolien Niebling, Helge Hjorth Bentsen, Olli Hirvonen

21 × 28 cm, 8 ¼ × 11 in
156 pages, 174 illustrations
2017, 978-3-03778-548-5, English
22,40 €
28,00 €