An evocative history that considers how food has shaped our world - and what the future holds
Evan D. G. Fraser teaches at the University of Leeds and does research on farming and the environment. He has first-hand experience with food production in a range of settings, including the UK, Thailand, Belize, British Columbia, and Ontario, and has published many scholarly research articles and book chapters, as well as policy briefs on environmental issues for senior politicians. He lives in the Yorkshire Dales with his wife and three children. Andrew Rimas is a journalist in the Boston area. He is the managing editor at the Improper Bostonian Magazine and has worked as an associate editor and staff writer at Boston magazine. His work has also frequently appeared in The Boston Globe, as well as the Boston Globe magazine, the Ottawa Citizen and other publications. Along with Evan D. G. Fraser, he is the co-author of Beef- The Untold Story of How Milk, Meat, and Muscle Shaped the World.
"'A lively, informative, panic-free guide to the end of our "food empire" and where we go from here." London Review of Books "This isn't just first class scholarship, it's energetic writing. Fraser and Rimas have a knack for the little detail that unveils the big thought. Empires of Food is a must-read for anyone who wants to know why every night a billion people go to bed obese and another billion go to bed hungry." George Alagiah "It is an absorbing, fascinating and timely book. The analysis of our social and historical relationship with food by Andrew Rimas and Evan Fraser is compelling, and their warning is stark. Best of all, it's a rattling good read." Matthew Fort "Food is powerful stuff not to be trifled with. A grand read" Fergus Henderson, St John Restaurant "This is a book with a big thesis and panorama ... Fraser and Rimas propose that seemingly impregnable societies can falter and fail if they ignore the sustainability of their food supplies. Breathlessly dancing across time and physical zones, they argue that Empires of Food depend upon workable links between the social, environmental, biological and political strands of existence." Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, City University London