Friday, June 29, 2012

Freedom to Read giveaway hop

This blog hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, and Mundie Moms

For my portion of the blog hop, I am giving away a copy of:

Eat the City by Robin Shulman
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Genre: Non-fiction
Audience: Adults
Disclosure: Thanks to Crown Publishing for providing a copy of the book for this giveaway.

From Goodreads:
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.

 In these pages meet Willie Morgan, a Harlem man who first grew his own vegetables in a vacant lot as a front for his gambling racket. And David Selig, a beekeeper in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn who found his bees making a mysteriously red honey. Get to know Yolene Joseph, who fishes crabs out of the waters off Coney Island to make curried stews for her family. Meet the creators of the sickly sweet Manischewitz wine, whose brand grew out of Prohibition; and Jacob Ruppert, who owned a beer empire on the Upper East Side, as well as the New York Yankees.

Eat the City is about how the ability of cities to feed people has changed over time. Yet it is also, in a sense, the story of the things we long for in cities today: closer human connections, a tangible link to more basic processes, a way to shape more rounded lives, a sense of something pure.

Of course, hundreds of years ago, most food and drink consumed by New Yorkers was grown and produced within what are now the five boroughs. Yet people rarely realize that long after New York became a dense urban agglomeration, innovators, traditionalists, migrants and immigrants continued to insist on producing their own food. This book shows the perils and benefits—and the ironies and humor—when city people involve themselves in making what they eat.

Food, of course, is about hunger. We eat what we miss and what we want to become, the foods of our childhoods and the symbols of the lives we hope to lead. With wit and insight, Eat the City shows how in places like New York, people have always found ways to use their collective hunger to build their own kind of city.

ROBIN SHULMAN is a writer and reporter whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, the Guardian, and many other publications.  She lives in New York City.

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  1. any US coastal city for seafood
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  2. any US city that has a healthy choice of mom & pop chinese restaurants
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  3. I love Minneapolis. Nicollet Avenue is known as "Eat Street" and you can get just about any type of food you want there! Jasmine Deli is my favorite!

  4. My town- Chicago. I love Chicago's signature dish- Deep Dish Pizza

  5. Boston. Pizza in The North End.

  6. I live in Ithaca, the city with the most restaurants er capita in the US but some of the best food is at The Farmer's Market!

  7. New York and I love their pizza! :)

  8. we go t branson mo and then we eat at the rib crib and the rib there are great

  9. ATlanta, Ga-Southern comfort foods

  10. Today I will say San Francisco is a favorite. I love the sourdough bread there that is completely unique to the region and when fresh at the bakery there is nothing else like it. Thank you for the fun and drool LOL

  11. I enjoy Cuban Sandwiches made in Tampa, Florida. The traditional style,the better. I like them pressed or not. I would love to read about NYC. The various cultures and styles... I need more information.
    Cyndee Thomas