Lambchopdom

Paul van Reyk on Australian foodways
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December 2021, no. 438
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True to the Land: A history of food in Australia by Paul van Reyk

Reaktion Books, $49.99 hb, 286 pp

Lambchopdom

Paul van Reyk on Australian foodways
by
December 2021, no. 438

‘The past only comes into being from the vantage point of the future,’ the novelist Michelle de Kretser told an interviewer recently. History is written in a present that is inexorably moving forward, while historians explore as far back as their interests take them. All the while they are backstitching, a step forward, a half step back. Post hoc ergo propter hoc?

Paul van Reyk begins his story of Australian foodways some 50,000 years ago, and leaves us in 2020 amid serious concerns about climate change, drought, and the threat of bushfires (to all of which he pays full attention). Land, climate, and distance have profound impacts on what we eat and how much it costs.

Gay Bilson reviews 'True to the Land: A history of food in Australia' by Paul van Reyk

True to the Land: A history of food in Australia

by Paul van Reyk

Reaktion Books, $49.99 hb, 286 pp

Buy this book

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