London Feeds Itself is back. Expanded, updated and republished by Open City and Fitzcarraldo Editions, the second edition of Jonathan Nunn’s exploration of London’s vernacular food culture is a very welcome addition to our shelves.
London is often called the best place in the world to eat – a city where a new landmark restaurant opens each day, where vertiginous towers, sprawling food halls and central neighbourhoods contain the cuisines of every country in the world. Yet, this London is not where Londoners usually eat. There is another version of London that exists in its marginal spaces, where food culture flourishes in parks and allotments, in warehouses and industrial estates, along rivers and A-roads, in baths and in libraries. A city where Londoners eat, sell, produce and distribute food every day without fanfare, where its food culture weaves in and out of daily urban existence.
In a city of rising rents, of gentrification, and displacement, this book, edited by the food writer and editor of Vittles, Jonathan Nunn, shows that the true centres of London food culture can be found in ever more creative uses of space, eked out by the people who make up the city.
We are thrilled to be joined by editor Jonathan Nunn and contributor Zarina Muhammad to discuss this vital book and guide. Zarina is a writer, reviewer, podcaster and art critic.
Tickets are £8 including a small bite from Paul Rothe & Son