Steel — Hungry City   Leave a comment

Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives (Carolyn Steel) – This excellent book discusses a relatively overlooked aspect of the wider food sphere: how supplying cities with food affects urban planning and the shape of cities. This summation is an oversimplification of the books content, as Steel discusses many of the contemporary, “hot-button” issues like organic food, supermarket vs. mom&pop stores, and obesity. For students of Italian food history, the discussion of the Roman conception of civilized vs. wild (the cultivated areas around a city, or ager, as opposed to the uncultivated wilderness, the saltus) and how it changed with the “barbarian” invasions is particularly valuable.


Posted October 19, 2010 by zachmon in Uncategorized

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