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4.0 out of 5 stars More food writing from a popular personality, 24 July 2013
This review is from: A Greedy Man in a Hungry World: How (almost) everything you thought you knew about food is wrong (Paperback)
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Mr Rayner is a journalist (and, as such, highly unused to the title). This is good to know, because he writes like a journalist: presenting sequences of quotes and facts researched about a subject, with few personal opinions, and no conclusions. It is one way of presenting an argument that has become exceedingly popular, but other ways may be better.

Now for the spoiler: this book is about sustainability. This isn't explained until the last couple of chapters, along with the death of his mother (the famous Claire), and the consumption of a very expensive chicken (it tasted like chicken).

Rayner makes a number of excellent points, ones that are contrary to popular opinion - such as the high environmental cost of biofuels, how 'food miles' are misleading (and therefore seasonality also), and the unsutainability of farmers markets and organic farming. He also reinforces some popular opinions: how the relationship between supermarkets and farmers is destroying the industry, nose-to-tail eating, and the general problems of feeding the world. He has no solutions to offer, however.

If you enjoy watching Mr Rayner on the television, or reading his newspaper columns, then this is more of the same, and you will no doubt enjoy it. If have never heard of him, but are curious about the food industry, then you too should read this.
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Initial post: 24 Jul 2013 15:07:47 BDT
Thanks for the nice review. It genuinely isn't my way to comment on such things - you are fully entitled to all your opinions - but I am slightly baffled. You say that sustainability isn't mentioned until the last couple of chapters. The first reference is on page 11, and it crops up regularly thereafter.

Jay

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2013 15:16:37 BDT
Paul Lynch says:
Thanks for commenting: yes, I misspoke. You could hardly write about food issues without mentioning sustainability at all. What I should have said was that the theme of the book, as I saw it, was sustainability, and to me that didn't become apparent until the end. I was hoping that you would have solved the world's problems much sooner than that.
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