Robin Shulman will discuss her new book Eat the City. The book tells the story of past and present brewers, butchers, slaughterers, sugar refiners, winemakers, beekeepers, and farmers whose food production helped build New York City, showing that urban food production is no new trend, but has always shaped the life of American cities.
Robin Shulman has worked as a journalist for the Washington Post, the New York Times, the LA Times, Slate, the Guardian, and other publications. She has reported extensively from the Middle East, as well as the cities, suburbs, and rural areas of the United States. She graduated from the J-School in 2002.
"The author, a former reporter for the Washington Post, has employed her skills as a writer and journalist to pull off a rather impressive feat: She has used food to chart the city's evolution, and to argue that it owes its greatness as an international crossroads, particularly in its early years, as much to food as to industry or culture."
–The Wall Street Journal
"She discovered 'an unseen city of thriving food production,' hiding not only deep in the boroughs but also buried in the archives."
–The New York Times
"Straightforward, but not overly earnest, and smartly layered..."
–The Boston Globe