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Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives

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Book Summary of Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives

*Cities cover just 2% of the world's surface, but consume 75% of the world's resources

*Global food production increased by 145% in the last 4 decades of the 20th century - yet an estimated 800 million people are still hungry

*In 2005 British supermarkets sent half a million tonnes of edible food to landfill - the whole food sector put together sent 17 million tonnes

*One quarter of the British population is obese - one in three meals we eat is a ready meal


The relationship between food and cities is fundamental to our every day lives. Food shapes cities, and through them, it moulds us - along with the countryside that feeds us. The gargantuan effort necessary to feed cities arguably has a greater social and physical impact on us and our planet than anything else we do. Yet few of us are conscious of the process and we rarely stop to wonder how food reaches our plates. Hungry City examines the way in which modern food production has damaged the balance of human existence, and reveals that we have yet to resolve a centuries-old dilemma - one which holds the key to a host of current problems, from obesity, the inexorable rise of the supermarkets, to the destruction of the natural world.

Carolyn Steel follows food on its journey - from the land (and sea) to market and supermarket, kitchen to table, waste-dump and back again - exploring the historical roots and the contemporary issues at each stage of food's cycle. She shows how our lives and our environment are being manipulated but explains how we can change things for the better. Original, inspiring and written with infectious enthusiasm and belief, Hungry City illuminates an issue that is fundamental to us all.

About the Author

Carolyn Steel is an architect, lecturer and writer. Since training at Cambridge, she has combined architectural practice with teaching and research into the everyday lives of cities, running design studios at the LSE, Metropolitan University and at Cambridge, where her lecture course 'Food and the City' is an established part of the degree programme. As well as being a director of Cullum and Nightingale Architects, she was a Rome scholar, has written for the architectural press, and has presented on the BBC's One Foot in the Past.

Details of Book: Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives (BSID:2879)

Book Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives
Author Carolyn Steel
ISBN 0099531682
ISBN-13 9780099531685, 978-0099531685
Binding Paperback
Publisher Vintage Books Usa
Publishing Date 20090326
Number of Pages 400
Language English
Dimensions 7.82 x 5.93 x 1.01 inches
Weight 327 grams

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Veronica May 09, 2009 review from Goodreads

There's nothing earth-shatteringly new in this book, it just combines mostly well-known facts in an interesting way. The subtitle is "How food shapes our lives" and Steel adresses food all the way from growing it to disposing of the results. The basic point is that our current methods of producti...

Gil February 19, 2012 review from Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book, Steele took a lot of my interests and combined them in a very succinct and useful way. Being a landscape designer, dating an architect, living in New York City, as a member of Slow Food USA, and other foodie groups and a guerrilla gardener to boot. Before being introdu...

Jeff August 23, 2008 review from Goodreads

This is a fascinating history of the relationship between food production and the city by Carolyn Steel, an architect. At times, the book is a bit London-centric, though she also on Paris. As a Londoner who has previously lived in Paris, this just made the book all the more interesting for me.Mos...

The April 27, 2012 review from Goodreads

This book is a featured publication at New York's first annual Food Book Fair!The Food Book Fair is the first ever event bringing together food publications from around the world alongside a dynamic set of events celebrating food writing, reading, and activism.

Claudia June 23, 2009 review from Goodreads

Very informative history of food and civilization and how they relate. I learned a lot and stayed interested through every page.


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