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Edited By: John Knechtel

Every year for the holidays my mom buys us a book, she always asks what we want and so this year I requested the Alphabet City books. I got my wish and she purchased both FOOD and FUEL.

I just finished reading FOOD by Alphabet City. It is the 9th book in a series edited by John Knechtel, although on the website only three are listed; FOOD, FUEL and WASTE.

FOOD really got me thinking about the food that I consume each day. How convenient is it to just walk to the fast food chain near where you work and order lunch; who has time to make their own lunch everyday? (I still make an effort to pack my lunch everyday!)

The book begins by discussing space food. Have you ever thought about space food? Originally it didn’t really resemble food; it was just dehydrated lumps of flavoured stuff. Then came the revolution that astronauts needed the comforts of home, the Russian’s began this revolution by sending caviar and other specialties up in space. Space food is a little more realistic these days and more resembles a TV dinner.

Although the book is focused mainly on the Toronto Area it serves a value to anyone. It makes you question what your carbon footprint is from eating. I’ve certainly never really thought about it. Think about how the food is produced; is it sustainable? Where does the food come from; was it produced locally or was it trucked in thousands of miles?

Resounding through the book was how important food was in our lives. With a multicultural city here in Toronto our residents feel at ‘home’ with their food comforts all around them. And these new foods are having an impact on the residents in the cities; Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Indian, etc … this list goes on forever but we all now consider these as part of our main diets.

FOOD was a great read and I’m looking forward to FUEL. I do wish FOOD would have sequel and venture outside of Toronto and compare the European experience with the Asian, to the Middle Eastern, and so forth. It would be interesting to see which continent has a minimal impact on our global carbon footprint and whose food is most in demand in the world.


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