By Jennifer Cockrall-King
Prometheus Books, $21.00, 372 pages

Food and the City is about the growing trend toward urban agriculture and the new revolution in locally grown food. This book examines alternative food systems in cities around the globe that are shortening their food chains, growing food within their city limits, and taking responsibility for their own food security. Award-winning food journalist Jennifer Cockrall-King sought out leaders in the urban-agriculture movement and visited cities successfully dealing with a dearth of local food options. She found that people are growing their own food in London, Paris, Havana and New York. It is a global movement as an alternative to the modern supermarket model. Gardens and other growing spaces have been created in cities by creative people: on rooftops, backyards, vacant lots, front yards and along the road. This book is a detailed look at a new food movement toward the old local economies of scale, a statement against the industrial food factory farms, and a reclaiming of communities and individuals to grow, distribute, and feed themselves locally. Readers who aspire to their own “victory garden” or have a little front-yard raised bed will truly enjoy this book.

Reviewed by Catherine McMullen