Eating to Extinction :The World's Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them

4.37 (143 Ratings by Goodreads)
Eating to Extinction

Eating to Extinction :The World's Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them

4.37 (143 Ratings by Goodreads)
Published: 23 September, 2021
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* Andre Simon Special Commendation Award 2021 *
* Shortlisted for the Stanford Food and Drink Travel Book of the Year *
* Shortlisted for the Fortnum & Mason Food Book Award 2022 *

'A book of wonders' Bee Wilson, Sunday Times, Books of the Year

'Dan Saladino inspires us to believe that turning the tide is still possible.' Yotam Ottolenghi

'I love this book... I wish the whole world could read it' Raymond Blanc

Eating to Extinction is an astonishing journey through the past, present and future of food, a love letter to the diversity of global food cultures, and a work of great urgency and hope.

From a tiny crimson pear in the west of England to great chunks of fermented sheep meat in the Faroe Islands to an exploding corn in Mexico that might just hold the key to the future of food - these are just some of the thousands of foods around the world today that are at risk of being lost for ever.

In this captivating and wide-ranging book, Dan Saladino spans the globe to uncover the stories of these foods. He meets the pioneering farmers, scientists, cooks, food producers and indigenous communities who are preserving food traditions and fighting for change. All human history is woven through these stories, from the first great migrations to the slave trade to the refugee crisis today. But Eating to Extinction is about so much more than preserving the past. Eating to Extinction reveals a world at a crisis point: the future of our planet depends on reclaiming genetic biodiversity before it is too late.

We all need to pay more attention to what we are (and are no longer) eating... Dan Saladino inspires us to believe that turning the tide is still possible. -- Yotam Ottolenghi
A rallying cry to us all to protect the world's diversity before it's too late. But this is also a book filled with optimism; it captures the energy of a global movement of people dedicating their lives to saving the plants, the animals, the flavours and the food knowledge we must preserve. -- Alice Waters
For anyone interested in Darwin, world power, and life itself, read on. -- Cerys Matthews
Dan Saladino's brilliant book answers the questions we forgot to ask, and highlights the incredible diversity we stand to lose. A genuine masterpiece and a call to arms. Everyone who loves food and cooking should read this. -- Gill Meller
This inspiring and urgent book is one of the few food books that has ever given me goosebumps... A love letter to the huge diversity of foods enjoyed by human beings, but it is also a call to arms to preserve that diversity and strangeness against the onslaught of a globalised industrial food system... It is a story full of both loss and hope. -- Bee Wilson
Dan Saladino writes about global food culture as urgently and compellingly as he broadcasts on The Food Programme. He makes a brilliant case that the diversity of our food culture is inextricably linked to the biodiversity of our environment, and therefore the future of our food IS the future of our planet. -- Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
A fascinating journey across the fast disappearing diversity of our foods, which we ignore at our peril - a brilliant read. -- Tim Spector
An inspiring account of endangered foods and food cultures across the planet. Everyone who cares about what they eat will want to know its stories. -- Harold McGee
This is a poignant and urgent read, it gets to the heart of storytelling because its threads the one thing that connects us all, our relationships to food... Dip into this book immediately, just don't do it on an empty stomach. -- Alys Fowler
A real attention-grabber, an exceptionally wide-ranging, informative clarion call... As much an inspiring guide to the pioneering individuals, indigenous groups, scientists, and food producers who are championing the world's rich food heritage, as a warning about what threatens it. -- Joanna Blythman * BBC Good Food Magazine *
I love this book, not only is it a treasure trove of knowledge, stories and ideas, it's a call to us all to save foods, flavours and our diversity. It's important and timely. I wish the whole world could read it. -- Raymond Blanc
[An] excellent and valuable book. -- Colin Tudge * Literary Review *
How lucky we are that Dan Saladino has been able to tell these stories... This is the most important book about food that I have read for a long time... Beautifully written and without hyperbole. -- Stephen Harris
A feast of research and information [and] a digestible collection of beautiful stories... A very important book. -- Valentine Warner
Essential reading for those with a profound interest in the culture, history and anthropology of what, how and why we eat. It's completely absorbing, enlightening and a necessary addition to every bookshelf. -- Richard Corrigan
This is an enthralling tour of some the world's most endangered foods... Saladino marshals a galvanising array of evidence for what we stand to lose -- Caroline Sanderson * The Bookseller *
Packed with breathtaking facts... Saladino moves seamlessly from the the personal... Let's hope that Eating to Extinction can change the world. -- Antonia Windsor * Mail on Sunday *
Eating to Extinction operates on a parallel time scales, as a polemic on the urgent need for action on agricultural diversity, and as a deeply researched, if accessible, history of food and drink production... Its satisfactions come from Saladino's ear for a human story and the breadth of the landscapes, and ecosystems, it covers... Saladino's study is immersive, evocative on a planetary scale, and appropriately so if we are to consider how best to protect the planet's resources. -- Niki Segnit * Times Literary Supplement *
Packed full of knowledge about a host of ingredients that you probably didn't even know existed, Eating to Extinction captures the urgency (and cost) of heading towards a future that is less nutritionally diverse. -- Gege Li * New Scientist *
Saladino offers many wonderful vignettes of indigenous food cultures. * Economist *

Dan Saladino is a journalist and broadcaster. He makes programmes about food for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. His work has been recognised by the Guild of Food Writers Awards, the Fortnum and Mason Food and Drink Awards, and in America by the James Beard Foundation. Eating to Extinction was awarded the 2019 Jane Grigson Trust Award. He lives in Cheltenham but his roots are Sicilian.

Type Book
ISBN 9781787331235
Number Of Pages 464
Item Weight 704 g
Product Dimensions 162 x 240 x 41 mm
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Format Hardback