This is a book about culinary extinction and the future of food, one of the most fascinating topics to date.
When humans love foods, we love them a lot. So much so that we have often eaten them into extinction.
In this book, food expert Lenore Newman sets out to look at the history of the foods we have loved to death, from the megafauna of the Paleolithic world to the passenger pigeon of the last century, and what that means for the culinary paths we choose for the future.
In this book, Lenore brackets the chapters that examine the history of our relationship to certain foods. These chapters are very interesting indeed.
Lenore also puts on a series of extinction dinners designed to recreate meals of the past or illustrate how we might be eating in the future. It doesn’t sound very appealing to me. But I may not be around to taste that food.
Whether it’s chasing down the luscious butter of local Icelandic cattle, looking at the impacts of modern industrialized agriculture, or exploring the range of food varieties, we can put in our shopping carts, Newman’s bright, intelligent gaze finds insight and humor at every turn.
This book is part culinary romp, part environmental wake-up call. It makes a critical contribution to our understanding of food security today.
This is an important book for every Canadian who is young and who wonders what climate change will really do to our food supply. It looks like the changes will be huge to our food.