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  • Published: 23 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473562011
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464

Eating to Extinction

The World's Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them

A captivating and urgent exploration of some of the world's most endangered foods, Eating to Extinction is a thrilling journey through the history of humankind's relationship with food, which reveals a world at a crisis point.

'Inspiring and urgent' Bee Wilson

'We all need to pay more attention to what we are (and are no longer) eating. Dan Saladino inspires us to believe that turning the tide is still possible.' Yotam Ottolenghi

Eating to Extinction is an astonishing journey through the past, present and future of food, a love letter to the diversity of global food cultures, and a work of great urgency and hope.

From a tiny crimson pear in the west of England to great chunks of fermented sheep meat in the Faroe Islands to an exploding corn in Mexico that might just hold the key to the future of food - these are just some of the thousands of foods around the world today that are at risk of being lost for ever.

In this captivating and wide-ranging book, Dan Saladino spans the globe to uncover the stories of these foods. He meets the pioneering farmers, scientists, cooks, food producers and indigenous communities who are preserving food traditions and fighting for change. All human history is woven through these stories, from the first great migrations to the slave trade to the refugee crisis today. But Eating to Extinction is about so much more than preserving the past. Eating to Extinction reveals a world at a crisis point: the future of our planet depends on reclaiming genetic biodiversity before it is too late.

'I love this book... I wish the whole world could read it' Raymond Blanc

  • Published: 23 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473562011
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464

About the author

Dan Saladino

Dan Saladino is a BBC journalist and makes programmes about food for BBC Radio 4 and The World Service. His work has been recognised by the Guild of Food Writers Awards, the Fortnum and Mason Food and Drink Awards, and in America by the James Beard Foundation. Last Harvest was awarded the 2019 Jane Grigson Trust Award. He lives in Cheltenham but his roots are Sicilian.

Praise for Eating to Extinction

An inspiring account of endangered foods and food cultures across the planet. Everyone who cares about what they eat will want to know its stories.

Harold McGee

A rallying cry to us all to protect the world's diversity before it's too late. But this is also a book filled with optimism; it captures the energy of a global movement of people dedicating their lives to saving the plants, the animals, the flavours and the food knowledge we must preserve.

Alice Waters

This is an enthralling tour of some the world's most endangered foods... Saladino marshals a galvanising array of evidence for what we stand to lose

Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller

We all need to pay more attention to what we are (and are no longer) eating... Dan Saladino inspires us to believe that turning the tide is still possible.

Yotam Ottolenghi

A fascinating journey across the fast disappearing diversity of our foods, which we ignore at our peril - a brilliant read.

Tim Spector

Dan Saladino's brilliant book answers the questions we forgot to ask, and highlights the incredible diversity we stand to lose. A genuine masterpiece and a call to arms. Everyone who loves food and cooking should read this.

Gill Meller

An eloquent call to arms... inspiring and superbly researched.

Geraldene Holt, Chair of the Jane Grigson Trust Award

For anyone interested in Darwin, world power, and life itself, read on.

Cerys Matthews

This inspiring and urgent book is one of the few food books that has ever given me goosebumps... A love letter to the huge diversity of foods enjoyed by human beings, but it is also a call to arms to preserve that diversity and strangeness against the onslaught of a globalised industrial food system... It is a story full of both loss and hope.

Bee Wilson

Dan Saladino writes about global food culture as urgently and compellingly as he broadcasts on The Food Programme. He makes a brilliant case that the diversity of our food culture is inextricably linked to the biodiversity of our environment, and therefore the future of our food IS the future of our planet.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

How lucky we are that Dan Saladino has been able to tell these stories... This is the most important book about food that I have read for a long time... Beautifully written and without hyperbole.

Stephen Harris

One of the wonders of the world is the rich diversity of its food, but diversity is disappearing as many traditional foods are becoming endangered. Dan Saladino make a fascinating case for why we all need to care about this.

Thomasina Miers

This is a poignant and urgent read, it gets to the heart of storytelling because its threads the one thing that connects us all, our relationships to food... Dip into this book immediately, just don't do it on an empty stomach.

Alys Fowler

Essential reading for those with a profound interest in the culture, history and anthropology of what, how and why we eat. It's completely absorbing, enlightening and a necessary addition to every bookshelf.

Richard Corrigan

A feast of research and information [and] a digestible collection of beautiful stories... A very important book.

Valentine Warner

I love this book, not only is it a treasure trove of knowledge, stories and ideas, it's a call to us all to save foods, flavours and our diversity. It's important and timely. I wish the whole world could read it.

Raymond Blanc

[An] excellent and valuable book.

Colin Tudge, Literary Review

A real attention-grabber, an exceptionally wide-ranging, informative clarion call... As much an inspiring guide to the pioneering individuals, indigenous groups, scientists, and food producers who are championing the world's rich food heritage, as a warning about what threatens it.

Joanna Blythman, BBC Good Food Magazine

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