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A captivating and unexpected journey through the history of humankind's relationship with food, with an urgent message for our times.

We live in an age of mass extinction. The earth's biodiversity is decreasing at a faster rate than ever. Industrial agriculture and the standardisation of taste are not only wiping out many edible plants but also the food cultures, histories and livelihoods that go with them.

Inspired by a global project to collect and preserve foods that are at risk of extinction, Dan Saladino sets out to encounter these endangered foods. Each food tells a story - some of them moving and personal, some of them urgent and timely - and collectively they span the history of civilisation and touch on many of the biggest issues of our time, from climate change to global inequality.

From a humble pea found on an island on the south coast of America, to a mysterious cheese found in the mountains of the Balkans; from the wild honey eaten for centuries by the nomadic tribes of Tanzania, to a rare citrus fruit in the mountain forests of India that is the genetic ancestor of all the world's oranges, each ingredient transports us to a different time and place. Spanning the globe in his search for the most endangered foods, Dan Saladino takes us on a thrilling tour of a disappearing world, and reveals the battles being fought for the future of the planet.

©2021 Dan Saladino (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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exceptional listen

What a great listen. The author has encapsulated so much great information on the subject of our changing food habits and the forces that underpin this. sad to hear about what we are loosing due to human ignorance but great to hear about those who fight for change. look forward to trying some of the foods mentioned. narration was excellent.

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The book everyone should read.

I wish everyone could hear Dan Saladino read this fascinating book (beautifully), but I know it’ll only be a few. But a few is an excellent start.

Go out and cherish diversity. Become good ancestors and we might, perhaps, just be alright.

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A must read for all in the business of food

Dan Saladino weaves the stories of crop diversity and its loss into tales of people and their history linked to various foods and crops and underpins this with the dangers to the food system if we continue to lose this diversity at such an alarming rate. One of the best books I've read in ages.

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  • 13-05-22

Important topic, engaging writing

Probably the most important book I finished this year. Despite the considerable lenght, it was fascinating from start to finish. While each chapter zoomed in on a specific food or species, the book as a whole painted a picture of global systems and drew connections. the narration is also good. Highly recommended.

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  • 12-05-22

Beautiful

What a fantastic book! Dan Saladino has done some essential research, it was fascinating to listen to and his way of writing and talking is very engaging. Recommended to everyone who eats! Beautiful stories, tragic and inspiring at the same time

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great book!

lovely book, an eye opener that helps to understand how and when the whole food systems of the world started going in the wrong direction. Biodiversity is the key.

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A book full of optimism

Dan Saladino tells stories very well. Here he amasses many stories all of which conclude with an optimistic finale. A joy to read and a wonderful journey around the world hearing stories off real food being produced. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.