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"All over the world I’ve watched urban dwellers begin to figure out that they can start growing food, too. It’s one of the loveliest trends on earth, and Jennifer Cockrall-King does a fine job of capturing its tremendous growth."
-BILL MCKIBBEN, Author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

"Today’s industrial food systems are unsustainable and harmful to communities all over the world. This insightful book delves deeply into the problems and solutions that will come to define food in the years ahead."
-CHEF MICHAEL SMITH, Author and Food Network (Canada) host

"It seems that all the slick, trendy publications, sites, and bloggers have recently discovered the idea of urban agriculture. As Cockrall-King points out, this is not a new movement at all. Quietly, many communities have encouraged growing food in the city as a way both to produce delicious, unprocessed food and to help foster an environmental awareness and ethos. This book is full of great examples and resources for city dwellers. After reading it you’ll want to round up your neighbors and start planting!"
-JOHN ASH, James Beard Award–winning author and chef

"At a time when most of us strive to reconnect with the source of our food, Cockrall-King delves straight to the root of our food systems, bringing to light the potential of small-scale urban agriculture to feed the masses. She makes a global issue seem manageable by citing actions of self-sufficiency—from community gardens to backyard bees, our collective steps toward sustainability are transforming our relationship with the food on our plates."
-JULIE VAN ROSENDAA, Cookbook author, TV host, and blogger at www.dinnerwithjulie.com

"Cockrall-King makes a compelling and inspiring case that small-scale, urban farming may be the key to fixing our broken industrialized food system."
-BARRY ESTABROOK, Author of Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit

About the Author

Jennifer Cockrall-King is an award-winning food journalist whose work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, the National Post, Canadian Geographic, Maclean’s, and other major publications. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, where she founded and runs the Okanagan Food and Wine Writers Workshop. Visit Jennifer online at www.foodgirl.ca and www.facebook.com/FoodandtheCity, and on Twitter @jennifer_ck.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616144580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616144586
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very timely book for the issues that no one is thinking about--a finite supply of oil, how our industrial food is produced (with staggering quantities of oil), and how urban agriculture can help prepare for the impending end of industrial food. An uplifting and energetic book despite its pessimistic first chapters. A true wake-up call for those who have never thought about where their food comes from, and why it is so unhealthy in terms of its ecological effects, its limited genetic diversity, and its effect on consumers, but how simple the solutions are--grow your own food!
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I stumbled upon Food and the City in my local library in the new book section. After reading it, I actually felt inspired and hopeful, instead of my usually "we're all going to hell in a handbasket". This book illustrates the way forward for towns and cities and their inhabitants: creating a 'post-industrial urban edible landscape' where people grow their own food in backyards, rooftops, community gardens, city-owned lands, CSA farms, and empty factories left to rot because it cost too much to tear them down.

The author takes you all over the world with descriptive language that makes you feel like you are standing right along side her: places like London, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Paris, Vancouver, Cuba, to name a few.

She even goes a step further in reminding the reader how growing local food creates a sense of community, let alone how much healthier it is to eat home-grown.

The book begins with a history lesson on how our food became "industrialized" and the toll it is taking on our planet, and our bodies. (I may never shop in a super market again!)

I can't thank the author enough for writing such an informative, inspiring, and empowering book. My life (and my family) will never be the same again... And I mean that in the BEST WAY possible!
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By anne on December 29, 2012
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very informative and interesting read. each city is like a case study of how urban agriculture is taking shape around the world. some interesting historical background to urban agriculture as well. i would definitely recommend this book to anyone interesting in becoming involved in or learning about urban agriculture! it made me want to get out there and do something!!!
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What Cockrall-King accomplishes in her short book is astounding. Aside from her entertaining and engaging prose, the subversive inspiration and practical takeaways (for urban or would-be urban farmers) is great. This is a book I will be purchasing as gifts to the people I want to influence towards a more sustainable approach to agriculture.
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The book “Food in the City” by Jennifer Cockrall-King gives the reader a great summary and brings a unique perspective to how the world plans on feeding its people. Jennifer Cockrall-King takes the reader through 9 cities around the industrial world, giving the reader a history of previous urban agriculture efforts they have had and her own experience during her time in these cities. The book pays great respect to the sensitivity and difficulties faced in attempts to feed the world while understanding that the world cannot be fed off of just one idea, but from a collection of ideas. The author points out the various issues and the mismanagement that has lead the world to the circumstances it is currently. She highlights the fact that we have groceries stores filled with highly processed foods, where our food selection has been greatly diminished, and where we are ultimately facing greater pressures of feeding our population.
“Food in the City” portrays the world that has made unbelievable leaps and bounds to achieve a population of 7 billion people. Jennifer Cockrall-King does an excellent job of showing the reader how exactly different cultures contributed to the support of our growth through urban agriculture. She gives us personal stories and her experiences of visiting these areas of interest. Throughout the book, readers will understand the many factors that go into how urban agriculture became as successful in cities around the world, such as Paris where the government has supported numerous ideas from vineyards to bee hives. Readers will also learn about the importance of support from the community of Vancouver as the members of the community all contribute to urban farming.
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