Lost Feast

By (author): Lenore Newman

Sales and Market Bullets

  • Featured on NPR’s Science Friday SciFri Book Club
  • Starred review from Foreword Reviews: “Edifying and entertaining… Never didactic and cautiously optimistic, Newman recognizes that there is hard work ahead to recalibrate the North American diet. She builds a compelling case for us human superpredators to rethink our food choices, and to be healthier for the environment and our fellow inhabitant species. Lost Feast is enjoyable reading about a serious topic.”
  • Winner of 2020 Taste Canada Awards, 2020 Science Writers & Communicators of Canada award, 2019 Foreword Indies Award
  • An entertaining book with scholarly chops — but not a scholarly tone — about the foods we have loved to death.
  • Lost Feast includes chapters covering passenger pigeons, megafauna, the dodo, lab-made meat, the loss of 464 varieties of lettuce, and the history of beekeeping.

Audience

  • For foodies, natural history buffs, environmentalists.
  • Readers of Michael Pollen.
  • Fans of Anthony Bourdain’s engaging and edgy way of writing about food and travel.
AUTHOR

Lenore Newman

Lenore Newman is the Canada Research Chair in Food Security and the Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley. She is the author of the acclaimed Speaking in Cod Tongues: A Canadian Culinary Journey and the award-winning Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food. She divides her time between Vancouver and Roberts Creek, BC.

Evan D.G. Fraser is the Director of the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph. He is the author of Beef: The Untold Story of How Milk, Meat, and Muscle Shaped the World and Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations. He lives in Guelph, ON, with his wife and three children.


Reviews

“Newman’s jaunts through the animal kingdom alternate with themed meals with her friend Dan as she ponders how historical extinctions are linked to our current food systems, what we can do about it, and how humans must follow the example of the famed New York ‘pizza rat,’ and adapt to the food that comes their way.” — Booklist
“Edifying and entertaining … Never didactic and cautiously optimistic, Newman recognizes that there is hard work ahead to recalibrate the North American diet. She builds a compelling case for us human superpredators to rethink our food choices, and to be healthier for the environment and our fellow inhabitant species. Lost Feast is enjoyable reading about a serious topic.” — Foreword Reviews, starred review
“Free-wheeling look at the flora and fauna we’ve eaten into oblivion.” — Toronto Star
“An interesting and thought-provoking adventure alongside an engaging, wry-humored narrator, the book forces the reader to consider humans’ role in historic plant and animal extinctions, as well as how we might approach food more reasonably moving forward.” — Civil Eats
“If you’ve ever wondered about the impact the human appetite has had on plans and animals, Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food by Lenore Newman (2019, ECW Press, $24.95) is for you.” — WVNews

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“Edifying and entertaining.” — Foreword Reviews, starred review

Taste Canada Silver Award Winner and Finalist for the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Award

A rollicking exploration of the history and future of our favorite foods

When we humans love foods, we love them a lot. In fact, we have often eaten them into extinction, whether it is the megafauna of the Paleolithic world or the passenger pigeon of the last century. In Lost Feast, food expert Lenore Newman sets out to look at the history of the foods we have loved to death and what that means for the culinary paths we choose for the future. Whether it’s chasing down the luscious butter of local Icelandic cattle or looking at the impacts of modern industrialized agriculture on the range of food varieties we can put in our shopping carts, Newman’s bright, intelligent gaze finds insight and humor at every turn.

Bracketing the chapters that look at the history of our relationship to specific foods, Lenore enlists her ecologist friend and fellow cook, Dan, in a series of “extinction dinners” designed to recreate meals of the past or to illustrate how we might be eating in the future. Part culinary romp, part environmental wake-up call, Lost Feast makes a critical contribution to our understanding of food security today. You will never look at what’s on your plate in quite the same way again.

Sales and Market Bullets

  • Featured on NPR’s Science Friday SciFri Book Club
  • Starred review from Foreword Reviews: “Edifying and entertaining… Never didactic and cautiously optimistic, Newman recognizes that there is hard work ahead to recalibrate the North American diet. She builds a compelling case for us human superpredators to rethink our food choices, and to be healthier for the environment and our fellow inhabitant species. Lost Feast is enjoyable reading about a serious topic.”
  • Winner of 2020 Taste Canada Awards, 2020 Science Writers & Communicators of Canada award, 2019 Foreword Indies Award
  • An entertaining book with scholarly chops — but not a scholarly tone — about the foods we have loved to death.
  • Lost Feast includes chapters covering passenger pigeons, megafauna, the dodo, lab-made meat, the loss of 464 varieties of lettuce, and the history of beekeeping.

Audience

  • For foodies, natural history buffs, environmentalists.
  • Readers of Michael Pollen.
  • Fans of Anthony Bourdain’s engaging and edgy way of writing about food and travel.

Reader Reviews

Details

Dimensions:

312 Pages
8.5in * 5.5in * 0.71in
0.88lb

Published:

April 05, 2022

City of Publication:

Toronto

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

ECW Press

ISBN:

9781770416727

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Language:

eng

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