The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement (Paperback)

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“[A] terrific book about a visionary post–food bank project.” —Michael Pollan


British super chef Jamie Oliver called it "amazing," writing that he'd traveled all over the world and never seen anything like it. New York Times food writer Mark Bittman called it "one of those forward-thinking groups pointing the way to the future of good food." Raj Patel, the critically acclaimed author of Stuffed and Starved, said he was "blown away" by it.

So what is it? The Stop, a Community Food Centre that has revolutionized the way we combat hunger and poverty.

Since community worker Nick Saul became the executive director of The Stop in 1998, it has been transformed from a cramped food bank to a thriving, internationally respected Community Food Centre. The Stop has flourished with gardens, kitchens, a greenhouse, farmers' markets and a mission to revolutionize our food system. In a voice that's "never preachy" (MacLean's), Saul and Curtis share what The Stop could mean for the future of food, and argue that everyone deserves a dignified, healthy place at the table.

About the Author

Andrea Curtis, writer and editor, has written about everything from women's health to neighborhood change, from personalities in the literary world to those in the urban forest. She is the author of the acclaimed "What's for Lunch: How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World" for younger readers. Her critically acclaimed "Into the Blue: Family Secrets and" "The Search for a Great Lakes Shipwreck" won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non--Fiction. Her writing has also appeared in "Toronto Life", "Chatelaine", "Canadian Geographic", "Explore", "Utne Reader", "The Globe & Mail", "Today's Parent", and others.A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Andrea now lives in Toronto with her husband and two sons, and volunteers for the Toronto non-profit, Word-Play.

Praise For…

The Stop is an inspiring true story about how a low-income neighborhood used good food to take charge of its community—it’s a great lesson for all of us.”
—Jamie Oliver

"The Stop is one of those forward-thinking groups pointing the way to the future of good food.” 

“The riveting inside story of a food bank that through perseverance and principle turned itself into one of our most visionary movements for justice and equality.”
NAOMI KLEIN, author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo
“In clear and honest prose, [Saul and Curtis] share their struggles and hope with plain talk through tough decisions. How better to learn about ending hunger than through the story of a former food bank whose aim was to put itself out of business?”
RAJ PATEL, author of Stuffed and Starved

“This is an important book. The Stop is no ordinary account of the substantial benefits of soup kitchens to servers and served. It is an impassioned account of how to create food systems that foster independence and eliminate the indignities of charity. Saul and Curtis put a human face on poverty. If you want to know what today’s food movement is really about—and why it is anything but elitist—read this book.”  
—MARION NESTLE, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and author of What to Eat

“The Stop reads like a compelling novel…but it’s all real. This book enables readers to join the frontier of true democracy, where we hear the voices, smell the aromas, and feel the stories of people creating communities of mutuality. Food becomes the ‘uniter’ of cultures and generations—where each of us feels respect and has voice. Read it and see possibilities for yourself and our world that maybe you’ve never seen before.”
Frances Moore Lappé, author of EcoMind and Diet for a Small Planet

Product Details
ISBN: 9781612193496
ISBN-10: 1612193498
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication Date: September 24th, 2013
Pages: 299
Language: English