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Working on this book took SPURSE across three continents: we travelled 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 tastebuds, 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.
To find out more visit: SPURSE.ORG
Eat Your Sidewalk Cookbook
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
Linda Weintraub, Historian & Critic. Author of TO LIFE! Eco-Art in Pursuit
of a Sustainable Planet
‘This is the cookbook that chefs, and all those who believe in the transformative
power of cooking, have been waiting for! This book is challenging, rascally and
full of genuinely brilliant cooking. Wandering across my city, and working in my
kitchen will never be the same.’
Leon Johnson, Detroit Chef & Artist
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 lives up to its promise to deliver mind-bending recipes that
totally redefine what it is to be a cookbook. And maybe more importantly, what
it means to act locally.’
Nathaniel Corum, Ecological Designer & Author of The Straw Bale House
’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
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 8" x 10"
- Full Color with Bleed
- Related Categories:
- Cooking / General