Eating to Extinction: The World's Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them (Hardback)Dan Saladino (author)
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Examining the past, present and future of food through edibles that are at the risk of vanishing forever, Eating to Extinction is an urgent, eye-opening book that invites us to reflect on the people, places and stories behind the food we consume.
From a tiny crimson pear in the west of England to great chunks of fermented sheep meat in the Faroe Islands, from pistachios in Syria to flat oysters in Denmark, from a wild honey harvested with the help of birds to an exploding corn that might just hold the key to the future of food - these are just some of the thousands of foods around the world today that are at risk of being lost for ever.
In this captivating and wide-ranging book, Dan Saladino spans the globe to uncover the stories of these foods. He meets the pioneering farmers, scientists, cooks, food producers and indigenous communities who are preserving food traditions and fighting for change. All human history is woven through these stories, from the first great migrations to the slave trade to the refugee crisis today. But Eating to Extinction is about so much more than preserving the past. It reveals a world at a crisis point: the future of our planet depends on reclaiming genetic biodiversity before it is too late.
Eating to Extinction is an astonishing journey through the past, present and future of food, a love letter to the diversity of global food cultures, and a work of great urgency and hope.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 746 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 42 mm
'This is a big book with a simple message: that we all need to pay more attention to what we are (and are no longer) eating. Behind everything we eat there are people, places and stories. When we lose diversity in our food we threaten, also, the culture and history of the land and people who produce it. As the world becomes increasingly homogenous, preserving these things - keeping hold of diversity - matters. Dan Saladino manages to highlight the urgency of this matter whilst also inspiring us to believe that turning the tide is still possible.' - Yotam Ottolenghi
'Dan Saladino's stories of endangered foods form a rallying cry to us all to protect the world's diversity before it's too late. But this is also a book filled with optimism; it captures the energy of a global movement of people dedicating their lives to saving the plants, the animals, the flavours and the food knowledge we must preserve.' - Alice Waters
'For anyone interested in Darwin, world power, and life itself, read on.' - Cerys Matthews
'Dan Saladino's brilliant book answers the questions we forgot to ask, and highlights the incredible diversity we stand to lose. A genuine masterpiece and a call to arms. Everyone who loves food and cooking should read this.' - Gill Meller
'A fascinating journey across the fast disappearing diversity of our foods, which we ignore at our peril - a brilliant read.' - Tim Spector
'I've long admired Dan Saladino's journalism for its broad scope and passion. The same qualities animate his first book Eating to Extinction, an inspiring account of endangered foods and food cultures across the planet. Everyone who cares about what they eat will want to know its stories.' - Harold McGee
'This is a poignant and urgent read, it gets to the heart of storytelling because its threads the one thing that connects us all, our relationships to food. It is a timely reminder, too, that if we honour these connections we might have time to still save to our rich heritage of diverse foods. Dip into this book immediately, just don't do it on an empty stomach.' - Alys Fowler
'I love this book, not only is it a treasure trove of knowledge, stories and ideas, it's a call to us all to save foods, flavours and our diversity. It's important and timely. I wish the whole world could read it.' - Raymond Blanc
'How lucky we are that Dan Saladino has been able to tell these stories... This is the most important book about food that I have read for a long time, but I don't want to put anyone off. The book is worthy not just because it draws our attention to a world which is in danger disappearing, but because it is beautifully written and without hyperbole.' - Stephen Harris
'This is an enthralling tour of some the world's most endangered foods... Saladino marshals a galvanising array of evidence for what we stand to lose -- Caroline Sanderson' - The Bookseller
'Eating to Extinction is an eloquent call to arms to rescue the invaluable history of what we eat: Saladino follows in the footsteps of Attenborough with his inspiring and superbly researched account of a world of endangered foods as climate change threatens not only our nutrition and pleasure but also our heritage and culture.' - Geraldene Holt, Chair of the Jane Grigson Trust Award
'One of the wonders of the world is the rich diversity of its food, but diversity is disappearing as many traditional foods are becoming endangered. Dan Saladino make a fascinating case for why we all need to care about this.' - Thomasina Miers
'Essential reading for those with a profound interest in the culture, history and anthropology of what, how and why we eat. It's completely absorbing, enlightening and a necessary addition to every bookshelf.' - Richard Corrigan
'A feast of research and information [and] a digestible collection of beautiful stories. Hard to swallow is the relentless drive of commerce, politics, and "progress" that inevitably tramples over the care and symbiosis relayed throughout each tale. Importantly, Dan Saladino is rarely ideological or judgemental, instead presenting us with his own adventures and our own human history. Without berating the reader, the issues and arguments are clear, making this a very important book.' - Valentine Warner
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