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Discover Eat the City: A Talk at the Miami Beach JCC

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Posted by pierce.mitch on 11/01/2012 @ 10:25 AM

We think of cities like Miami and New York as worlds distant from farmers, fishers, slaughterers, brewers, and winemakers—but Robin Shulman’s new book Eat the City unveils a little-known history of urban food production. On November 8 at 7:30pm she will give a talk at the Miami Beach JCC. The book takes us to the nineteenth-century Lower East Side of Manhattan, where the precursors of Manischewitz wine used loads of sugar to mask the “foxy” flavor of Concord grapes. We also visit the twenty-first century Upper East Side, where Latif Jiji, a Jewish refugee from Iraq, grows a four-story grapevine up the back of his townhouse, producing more than a hundred bottles of wine each year. Eat the City shows the rise of the kosher meat industry in Midtown, and follows a Jewish commercial beekeeper who keeps hives on Brooklyn and Manhattan rooftops today. “A buzzing, savory, lively world comes to life,” says The Washington Post. “She discovered ‘an unseen city of thriving food production,’ hiding not only deep in the boroughs but also buried in the archives,” writes The New York Times. For more information, please visit Robin's website at

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