Today the things we eat and drink have crossed oceans, continents, and even airspace before reaching the dinner table. The complex systems and technologies devised throughout the centuries to deliver our food supply reveal surprising things about politics, culture, economies--and our appetites. In Mumbai, India's chaotic commercial capital, men use local trains, bicycles, and their feet to transport more than 170,000 lunches a day from housewives to their husbands, with almost no mix-ups. Modern shipping containers allow companies to send frozen salmon to China, where it can be cheaply thawed, filleted, and refrozen, before traveling back to the United States where it's sold in supermarkets as fresh fish. Moveable Feasts takes a novel look at the economics, logistics, and environmental impact of food, and brings new perspective to debates about where we get our meals.
"A fascinating chronicle of mankind's efforts to move food throughout history."--The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina)
"[Murray's] investigations are detailed, sophisticated, and intellectually satisfying."--The Washington Post
"Hugely enjoyable . . . I've read more than my share of books about food, and this one really stands out for being well researched and highly entertaining."--Tim Zagat, cocreator and publisher of the Zagat Survey guides
"Packed with fascinating information."--The Washington Post