Covering everything from lab-made meat to the loss of 464 varieties of lettuce, Lost Feast is a rollicking exploration of the history and future of our favorite foods. Through research into topics such as the dramatic rise and fall of the passenger pigeon, adventures chasing down the luscious butter of local Icelandic cattle, and hosting a series of elaborate “extinction dinners” designed to recreate meals of the past or explore how we might be eating in the future, Lenore Newman examines the history of the foods we have loved to death, and what that means for our culinary future. Amid growing concerns about the environmental impact of agriculture and the sustainability of the food industry, this timely book makes a critical contribution to our understanding of food security today. Part culinary romp and part environmental wake- up call, Lost Feast will have you looking at your plate in a completely new light.
Lenore Newman is the Canada Research Chair in Food Security and the Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley and the author of the acclaimed Speaking in Cod Tongues: A Canadian Culinary Journey. She divides her time between Vancouver and Roberts Creek, British Columbia.
Lenore will be joined in conversation by Ryan Harris, co-owner of Napa's own Contimo Provisions. Contimo Provisions combines years of experience in some of the country's best restaurants with access to incredible ingredients to make simple, delicious food. They work with incredible farmers that raise organic veggies and pasture-raised heritage breed meats. Inspired by the constant cooking of his mother and grandmother, and the significant food culture of the South, Ryan has always been around good food. Working and staging in some of the best restaurants in the world allowed Ryan to learn detail, discipline, and thoughtful curation of product. He was honored as one of Zagat’s 30 under 30 in Food in 2013.
"Edifying and entertaining." -- Foreword Reviews, starred review
A rollicking exploration of the history and future of our favorite foods