Canada’s own Lenore Newman will talk about her new book Lost Feast, and the history of foods humans have literally loved to death and what that means for our culinary future. Her research covers topics such as the dramatic rise and fall of the passenger pigeon, which literally changed the forest ecology of North America; to the parallels between Icelandic cattle (known for their luscious butter) and Woolly Mammoths which were hunted to extinction in the Paleolithic world; and the impacts of modern industrialized agriculture on the food on our tables. She will also discuss the “extinction dinners” she designed to recreate meals of the past or project how we might eat in the future. (There will be some samples!) Newman’s bright, intelligent gaze finds insight and even humor at every turn. Part culinary romp, part environmental wake-up call, Lost Feast will make you look at what’s on your plate in a whole new way.
The talk is co-sponsored by Culinary Historians of Canada and Culinaria Research Centre at UofT Scarborough. Please register here.
Lenore Newman is the Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley. She is the author of the Speaking in Cod Tongues: A Canadian Culinary Journey (featured at a CHC event in 2017). Lenore’s work has received widespread attention, and in 2014 she was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She has authored over forty academic papers and reports in her areas of research. Lenore is particularly proud of her work on foraged foods and on the impact of climate change on cuisine.
To Students in the Collaborative Specialization program: This seminar is part of the Culinaria Seminar Series SRM 3333H.