The Edible City
If a city is its people, and its people are what they eat, then shouldn’t food play a larger role in our dialogue about how and where we live? The food of a metropolis is essential to its character. Native plants, proximity to farmland, the locations of supermarkets, immigration, the role chefs can and should play in society - how a city nourishes itself makes a statement about the kind of city it is.
With a cornucopia of essays on comestibles, The Edible City considers how one city eats. It includes dishes on peaches and poverty, on processing plants and public gardens, on rats and bees and bad restaurant service, on schnitzel and school lunches. There are incisive studies of food-security policy, of feeding the needy and of waste, and a happy tale about a hardy fig tree.
Together they form a saucy picture of how Toronto – and, by extension, every city – sustains itself, from growing basil on balconies to four-star restaurants. Dig into The Edible City and get the whole story, from field to fork.
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'The common theme here is connecting people through food. In the final essay, Wayne Roberts of the Toronto Food Policy Council suggests that this connection is really about empowerment, and empowering readers is exactly what The Edible City is sure to do.' – Quill and Quire
'The common theme here is connecting people through food. In the final essay, Wayne Roberts of the Toronto Food Policy Council suggests that this connection is really about empowerment, and empowering readers is exactly what The Edible City is sure to do.' – Canadian Geographic
'Part historical recollection, part rallying cry and part love letter to all things gustatory in our fair city, this compilation has an angle for every taste.' Taste T.O.
Table of Contents
Sarah B. Hood – Pickerel, pork and President's Choice: A historical food map of Toronto
Andrew Braithwaite – Toronto, je t'aime!
Jessica Duffin Wolfe – City of snacks
Steven Biggs – High off the hog: Hogtown as food-processing hub
Bronwyn Underhill – A tale of three peaches
Darren O'Donnell – Eat, Meet and other tactics to chew my way to Sesame Street
Pamela Cuthbert – A pressure cooker simmers on the back burner
Lorraine Johnson – Revisiting Victory: Gardens past, gardens future
Mary F. Williamson – For wedding déjeuners to recherché repasts: The Webb family bakers, confectioners, caterers and restaurateurs, by appointment to Victorian Toronto
Katarina Gligorijevic - A town so great they named a drink after it
David Alexander – The tofu revolution: Toronto's vegetarians from 1945 to 2009 and beyond
Ilona Burkot, Laura Burr & Jane Lac – Putting a price tag on healthy eating in Toronto
Joshna Maharaj – Cooking for a change: The role of chefs in grassroots and global communities
Jamie Bradburn – Not loafing around: Bread in Toronto
Liz Clayton – Viva la (coffee) revoluçion!
Erik Rutherford – When a gastronomic wonder is served in Toronto, does anybody taste it?
Karen Hines – My filthy hand
John Lorinc – Walking towards the schnitzel
Gary Wilkins – Making space for agriculture
Stéphanie Verge – The Love(ly) Bug: An ode to bees in the era of Colony Collapse Disorder, wasp invasions and rooftop apiaries
Mark Fram – Greenhouse Toronto, once upon a time
Iara Lessa & Cecilia Rocha – Nourishing belonging: Food in the lives of new immigrants in Toronto
Kate Carraway & Peter Maynard – An unmovable feast
Hamutal Dotan – For the love of a good burger
Jason McBride – Food Fighters: The Stop Community Food Centre and the end of the food bank
Shawn Micallef – These are the restaurants of our lives
RM Vaughan – I, Rat
Amanda Miller – Not your grandmother's pantry Wayne Reeves – Fermenting Change: The rise, fall and resurgence of craft beer in Toronto
Kathryn Borel Jr. - The chicken and the egg
Kevin Connolly – From galangal to la bomba: Where to find exotic ingredients in Toronto
Rea McNamara – Never see come see: Toronto's Trini roti
Damian Rogers - Ontario Food Terminal: Behind the curtain
Charles Z. Levkoe and Airin Stephens – From school meal program to food citizenship: Doing food at George Harvey Collegiate Institute
Chris Hardwicke – Reviving St. Andrew's Market Chris Ramsaroop and Katie Wolk – Can we achieve equality in the food security movement?
Chris Nuttall-Smith – Scrambling for eggs
Bert Archer – Giving food a second chance: Leftovers and gas
Sasha Chapman – The Constant Gardener
Brendan Cormier - Bringing food to the street: Strategies for ubiquitous food markets in Toronto
Wayne Roberts – How Toronto found its food groove