Moveable Feasts

From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, the Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eat

Sarah Murray

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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.

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Praise for Moveable Feasts

"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


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Sarah Murray is a travel writer and longtime Financial Times contributor who reports on the relationship of business to the environment. She lives in New York City.

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Moveable Feasts
From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, the Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eat
Sarah Murray

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
October 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312428143
ISBN10: 0312428146
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Includes 13 black-and-white illustrations
$16.00

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St. Martin's Press
November 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429970273
ISBN10: 1429970278
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$9.99
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