Happy New Year!

Posted by Carolyn on January 4, 2009 at 10:55 pm

A Very Happy New Year to all you intrepid readers of the Hungry City blog! I hope you have all had restorative Christmases, and are feeling suitably braced to face the challenges of 2009. For, whatever it may hold for us personally, there is no doubt that 2009 is going to be an exceptionally challenging year. I am sure you don’t need me to tell you what those challenges are: the one good thing that can be said of 2008 is that the combined forces of credit crunch, food riots, terrorism and war have sharpened awareness of the precarious position we now find ourselves in globally. That, together with the tantalising promise of new leadership from the U.S., make this New Year one of the most momentous – yet hopeful – I can remember.

More of that in coming weeks. But meanwhile, I would like to share with you my New Year’s Resolution, such as it is. I have had an extraordinary year, and have been wondering how I can build on the amazing energy that the publication of Hungry Cityhas generated. The response to the book has been overwhelming, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the very many people who have supported me and it over the past six months. I am resolved to build on that energy by taking the work I began in Hungry City forward. At the moment, the best way I can see of doing that is to find a way of researching in more detail just what Sitopia (the name, meaning ‘Food-Place’, I invented in the book as a way of seeing the world through food) might involve. Watch this space!

One Response

  1. Giada Saint Amour di Chanaz Says:

    Hi Carolyn,

    My name is Giada and I live in Rome. I am writing to get in contact with you, this is not a specific comment on the article, it is much more!

    I “met” your book a few months ago, in a wonderful organic shop in London, and you had wrote a very nice “Best Wishes” on the first page.

    I was the happiest woman on earth for about a month. I am working exactly on the same topic since about 3 years now, with different objectives (I am not an architect, though I will present a phd research on agriculture, food and cities in the Urban Planning Department of the University of Florence by next year).

    I am deeply passionate with food and I aim at creating a sort of food documentation centre and cookery school in Rome, possibly within a couple of years.

    I’d really like to meet you and speak more, I’ll be in London from Feb 1 to 7 and I took note about the two talks you are giving in that period. Please let me know if you are available for further discussions, for an interview (I also write in a historical ecological magazine in Italy)…

    Kind Regards,
    Giada Saint Amour di Chanaz

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