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Join Lenore Newman live for a book reading of "Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and The Future of Food"! Moderated by John Ota (Author, "The Kitchen") .


In "Lost Feast", food expert Lenore Newman sets out to look at the history of the foods we have loved to death and what that means for the culinary paths we choose for the future. 

Synopsis: When we humans love foods, we love them a lot. In fact, we have often eaten them into extinction, whether it is the megafauna of the Paleolithic world or the passenger pigeon of the last century. In Lost Feast, food expert Lenore Newman sets out to look at the history of the foods we have loved to death and what that means for the culinary paths we choose for the future. Whether it’s chasing down the luscious butter of local Icelandic cattle or looking at the impacts of modern industrialized agriculture on the range of food varieties we can put in our shopping carts, Newman’s bright, intelligent gaze finds insight and humor at every turn.

Bracketing the chapters that look at the history of our relationship to specific foods, Lenore enlists her ecologist friend and fellow cook, Dan, in a series of “extinction dinners” designed to recreate meals of the past or to illustrate how we might be eating in the future. Part culinary romp, part environmental wake-up call, Lost Feast makes a critical contribution to our understanding of food security today. You will never look at what’s on your plate in quite the same


Lenore Newman Bio

Lenore Newman's love affair with food began on her family's fishing boat, where she gained an early introduction into the world of direct marketing of local products. Lenore is an expert in culinary geography and agricultural land use policy, and she holds a Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment of Geography and the Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley. Dr. Newman is an associate professor in the department and is also the Director of the Food and Agriculture Institute at UFV.  Her opinion pieces on the future of farmland use and other food-related issues have been published in the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, and the Georgia Straight. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada's New College and holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from York University. She has written two books. Speaking in Cod Tongues: A Canadian Culinary Journey was published in 2017 to popular acclaim, and won a Saskatchewan Book Award. Lost Feast was published by ECW Press in 2019. Lost Feast was a Silver medal winner in the Ecology and Environment category at the 2019 Foreword INDIES, and the winner of the Canadian Science Writers Award, and is on this year's Taste Canada Shortlist. Lenore splits her time between Vancouver and the village of Robert’s Creek, BC.


John Ota is author of The Kitchen, the best-selling book about his search through history for the perfect kitchen. Since 1978, John has been involved with architecture and design; he has degrees from Innis College at the University of Toronto, the School of Architecture at the University of British Columbia and Columbia University.  John has worked in architecture offices in Toronto, New York and Vancouver and has written for all the major publications in Canada. He has chaired the awards committee of the Ontario Association of Architects and served on the Toronto Historical Board. John has acted as a guest critic at the Ryerson University School of Architecture and as an advisor to the Architecture Gallery at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.   


Saturday, Oct 24th 2:30pm – 3:10pm

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