Review: Eat the City
Eat the City by Robin Shulman
New York is not a city for growing and manufacturing food. It’s a money and real estate city, with less naked earth and industry than high-rise glass and concrete. Yet in this intimate, visceral, and beautifully written book, Robin Shulman introduces the people of New York City – both past and present – who do grow vegetables, butcher meat, fish local waters, cut and refine sugar, keep bees for honey, brew beer, and make wine. In the most heavily built urban environment in the country, she shows an organic city full of intrepid and eccentric people who want to make things grow. What’s more, Shulman artfully places today’s urban food production in the context of hundreds of years of history, and traces how we got to where we are.
If you ever want to read a book that will make you drool for some organic food then Eat the City by Robin Shulman is the book for you. I absolutely loved reading this book. It was entertaining, informative, and an eye opener into a world that I really didn’t know existed. Shulman is an amazing writer and I just fell in love with the book as well as her wonderful descriptions.
When you think of New York, you wouldn’t think that there would be people growing plants on their balcony or raising bees to extract honey, but reading this book made me realize that those people do exist. Shulman goes back and forth between the past and the present. She’ll explain how one particular food first came to New York and how people started growing it or making it. It was extremely clear that she had done some extensive research for this book and that really makes the book shine. Then she’ll tell us about the various people who are still brewing their own beer, keeping bees, or growing their own vegetables in present day New York. It was interesting as well as entertaining to learn about the various people out there and to learn about their different hobbies.
Reading this book made me want to visit a farmer’s market and support the people in the local community. It made me want to try honey that was extracted from bees that used pollen from local flowers. Eat the City is a fun and informative book that I would recommend to everyone.