Eat Your Sidewalk Cookbook

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Working on this book took SPURSE across three continents: we traveled from the south Pacific to the high arctic visiting dozens of cities, towns, and villages, foraging with hundreds of people from the high arctic to mid-town Manhattan. We met up with chefs such as Rene Redzepi, Alison Knowles and Danny St. Pierre, as well as back-to-the-landers, subsistence hunters, ecologists, shaman, priests and curious folks from Poland to Japan. We conducted workshops, researched in rare book collections, hunted on the tundra, and foraged every corner of many major cities. We collected hundreds of species of plants, invented recipes and served countless meals. We changed our minds, our taste buds, habits and came to conclusions that none of us expected.

SPURSE is a boundary blurring creative design lab that focuses on the social, ecological and ethical transformation of eating, the commons and our sense of place.

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Eat Your Sidewalk Cookbook

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‘This is exactly the kind of philosophical look at foraging that is needed today.’
René Redzepi, Chef, and Co-owner of Noma. Four-time winner of ‘Best Restaurant in the World’ award

Can urban foraging make our cities less toxic?
What does it mean to put eating at the heart of place-making?
How does our style of cooking shape our most basic mental models?
Could weeds become our urban farms?
Can our political communities contain plants and animals as participants?
Is “Nature” still relevant to the environmental movement?
Is urban hunting the most ethical way to eat meat?
If heat was not central to cooking could we develop a new gastronomic revolution?
Could “sidewalk to table” be better and tastier than “farm to table”?
What are the best ways to prepare roadkill?
Did the Inuit invent “molecular gastronomy” centuries before Ferran Adria?
Do we need to abolish sauces?

The answers to these, and many other critical questions, are posed by the ground-breaking EAT YOUR SIDEWALK COOKBOOK. Be prepared to be challenged by this sweeping ecological reimagining of how, what and where to eat. Part manifesto and wholly a joyous call to action this cookbook is an extended meditation on our place in the world, how we could connect to our environment, and what it means to rethink how we cook and eat as a pleasurable ecological act.

We want to inspire you to find wonder and ecological possibilities directly underfoot. We want to launch a sidewalk-to-table revolution that changes our cities and gives us a new sense of community and place!

‘Provocative. Insightful. Transformative. A must read for all those interested in contemporary ideas of the commons, and their connections to food, ecology and community today.’
Linda Weintraub, Historian & Critic. Author of TO LIFE! Eco-Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet

It is equal parts cookbook, detective novel, travel diary, philosophical inquiry and urban foraging guide. At 437 pages it contains over 100 recipes for everything from “Purslane Salad” to “Nature” to fermenting Dandelion Wine, using decorative plants, developing a multi-species commons and new ways of being. Additionally there are numerous beautiful diagrams, drawings, notes and sketches from our travel journals as well as hundreds of full color images.

‘EAT YOUR SIDEWALK: An ode to the pleasure of the encounter in which we learn to make our own sidewalks come alive. Taking it with us as an instructional booklet, travelogue, glossary, philosophical treatise, and anthropology, we begin a journey toward a multi-species encounter that includes more than what we already recognize, folding in those qualities, histories, and potentialities of the more-than-common, inviting us to begin to digest new ways of encountering the world.’
Erin Manning, Philosopher. Author of Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy

’At a time, when urban poverty and food security are some of the most pressing challenges faced by our cities today, EAT YOUR SIDEWALK takes the Farm to Fork movement one step further to Sidewalk to Fork, challenging us to think about the potential of a place in a way that’s more personal than ever before.’
Stephen Engblom, AECOM Global Cities Director

Publication Date:
1517120659 / 9781517120658
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8" x 10"
Full Color with Bleed
Related Categories:
Cooking / General

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