Eat the City

Friday, May 10, 2013

Robin Shulman, author of Eat the City, talks about the fishers, foragers, butchers, farmers, poultry minders, sugar refiners, beekeepers, winemakers, and brewers—past and present—who’ve made New York City into such a great place for food. She’s joined by Latif Jiji, who transformed his 4-story brick townhouse on the Upper East Side into a vertical winery, and Imran Uddin, who owns a slaughterhouse in Queens that sources naturally raised heritage breeds of chicken, lamb, goat, and other animals for the immigrant community and high-end restaurants.


Latif Jiji, Robin Shulman and Imran Uddin

Comments [7]

Barbara Lindheim from Upper West side

I like to cook and eat well too but devoting 20% of the Leonard Lopate show to food is, in my opinion, a real waste of talent and airtime. With all the plays, books, movies, art, music, politics and other endeavors that Leonard covers so brilliantly, to spend an entire day a week on programming that is often BORING and pretentious is a real loss. One day a month would be more appropriate. Is this an example of WNYC trying to be trendier and to attract younger/hipper audiences? I have to think so. Better to focus on contemporary topics and emerging movers/shakers in subjects that actually matter.

Nov. 22 2013 12:55 PM
Mary P from still downtown

When I moved to Thompson St bet Spring and Broome in Soho in 1978, there was a shop on Broome that sold live (or dead...they had a back yard) chickens and rabbits. Amazing - steps off West Broadway. They were open for at least another 4 or 5 years after that.

May. 11 2013 12:23 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Oy. No, a kosher butcher is a shochet. Kashrut (not khashrut) is kosher-ness or the laws of what's kosher. And there are more restrictions on what's kosher--no mammals that don't both chew their cud & have cloven hooves (incl. cattle, sheep/lambs, goats). I think the only animals that aren't halal are pigs--is that right? Kashrut also bans eating milk & meat together.

May. 10 2013 12:35 PM
Ruth Klein from Rego Park, Queens

My father started growing Concord grapes in the backyard in 1955, and
made wine each fall for decades. I began making grape jam in the 1980's, a practice which ended about 8 years ago,when ALL the grapes were stolen (as they have been ever since).

May. 10 2013 12:31 PM
Nilton Lima from Brasília-Brazil

Frequently I hear your program. Today the subject is very interesting. I live in Brasília-Brazil. Great hug. Nilton

May. 10 2013 12:30 PM
Alaine from Midtown, NYC

Is there any concern about contaminants in the soil in nyc? Has anyone growing food tested for this or taken precautions by putting down new top soil?

May. 10 2013 12:18 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

Those chickens,lambs, and goats in Mr. Uddin's slaughterhouse want to live as much as the rest of us. Close it down. Go Vegan!

May. 10 2013 08:55 AM

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