I’m so excited to let you know about a brilliant new book just released by a friend and fellow Canadian foodie, Jennifer Cockrall-King. She has been working hard on it for years, traveling around the globe to research urban food systems in places like Cuba, New York and Detroit. It’s the ultimate peek at how city dwellers are shortening their food chains, growing food in urban spaces, and taking food security into their own hands. It’s a global movement, encompassing the private and public spheres, all cultures and economic classes. After all, we all gotta eat.
Food and the City (Prometheus Books) is a fascinating documentary of the state of our global food system from an eater’s perspective, with looks at urban agriculture and evolving food movements happening worldwide. She introduces us to forward-looking, innovative people who have thought outside the planter box (or simply repositioned it), creating urban growing spaces on rooftops, in backyards and vacant lots, along roadways, and even in vertical farms. Whether it’s a community public orchard supplying the needs of local residents or an urban farm that has reclaimed a derelict inner city lot to grow and sell premium market veggies to restaurant chefs, the urban food revolution is inspiring to any of us seeking to improve our own food security or that of the communities we live in.
About the Author: Jennifer Cockrall-King is an award-winning freelance journalist and niche food writer whose work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, National Post, Canadian Geographic, Maclean’s, and other major publications. She is also a contributor to A Good Catch: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from Canada’s Top Chefs, and she is the former cofounder, publisher, and editor of The Edible Prairie Journal. She divides her time between Edmonton, Alberta, and the beautiful Okanagan valley.