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Social Science Agriculture & Food

The Stop

How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement

by (author) Nick Saul & Andrea Curtis

Random House of Canada
Initial publish date
Mar 2014
Agriculture & Food, Poverty & Homelessness, Food Industry
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    Mar 2014
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The #1 national bestseller and inspiring story of how one young man took the reins of a dilapidated inner-city food bank and opened up the good-food revolution to everyone.
     In 1998, when community worker Nick Saul became executive director of The Stop, it was like thousands of other food banks, offering canned handouts in a cramped, dreary, makeshift space. Today, it is a thriving, internationally respected "community food centre" with gardens, kitchens, a greenhouse, farmers' markets, and a mission to revolutionize our food system.
     In telling the remarkable story of The Stop's transformation, Saul argues that we need a new politics of food, in which everyone has a dignified, healthy place at the table. The Stop is a fresh and timely story about overcoming obstacles, challenging sacred cows and creating lasting change.

About the authors

Nick Saul's profile page

Andrea Curtis is an author of books for children and adults. Her children’s non-fiction titles include Eat This!, which received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, and What’s for Lunch?, named to VOYA’s Honor list. She has also written the young adult novel Big Water. Her adult books include Into the Blue, winner of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction, and The Stop, winner of the Heritage Toronto Award of Merit and a finalist for the Toronto Book Award. She has also won a number of National Magazine Awards. Andrea lives with her family in Toronto.

Andrea Curtis' profile page

Editorial Reviews

WINNER 2014 – Taste Canada Awards—English-language Culinary Narratives Category
FINALIST 2014 – Heritage Toronto Award
FINALIST 2014 – Toronto Book Awards
FINALIST 2014 – OLA Evergreen Award
"A superbly smart, engaging book."
—The Grid (Toronto)

"Never preachy, it's full of wisdom, empathy and smart, practical thinking.... Amid a glut of food manifestos and local-food edicts, this title stands out as an important contribution to the discussion around food and social justice. What's more, its publication comes at a critical time: Saul and his crew are taking the model on the road with plans to make it a national movement." Maclean's

Other titles by Andrea Curtis