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A rollicking exploration of the history and future of our favorite foods

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<i>Lost Feast</i> by Lenore Newman

Lost Feast by Lenore Newman [©NewSouth Books]


When we humans love foods, we love them a lot. In fact, we have often eaten them into extinction, whether it is the megafauna of the Paleolithic world or the passenger pigeon of the last century.

Whether it’s chasing down the luscious butter of local Icelandic cattle or looking at the impacts of modern industrialized agriculture on the range of food varieties we can put in our shopping carts, Newman’s bright, intelligent gaze finds insight and humor at every turn.

Bracketing the chapters that look at the history of our relationship to specific foods, Lenore enlists her ecologist friend and fellow cook, Dan, in a series of 'extinction dinners', designed to recreate meals of the past or to illustrate how we might be eating in the future.

Part culinary romp, part environmental wake-up call, Lost Feast makes a critical contribution to our understanding of food security today. You will never look at what’s on your plate in quite the same way again.

About the author

Lenore Newman is the Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley, Canada.

She is the author of the acclaimed Speaking in Cod Tongues: A Canadian Culinary Journey which received a starred review and praise from Publishers Weekly:  “She takes what could have been a bewildering wealth of information and presents it in a straightforward, clear manner with an appealing, conversational tone.”

Lenore divides her time between Vancouver and Roberts Creek, British Columbia.

Lost Feast – culinary extinction and the future of food by Lenore Newman is published by ECW Press (Canada; Oct 2019;  304pp; Hb; RRP A$39.99) and distributed in Australia by New South Books.  It is available from 1 October at good bookstores. 


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