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.
NICK SAUL was executive director of The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto from 1998 to 2012 and is a recipient of the prestigious Jane Jacobs Prize and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. He is now president and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada, an organization that will bring the innovations of The Stop to communities across Canada. www.cfccanada.ca
ANDREA CURTIS is an award-winning writer and editor. Her family memoir, Into the Blue: Family Secrets and the Search for a Great Lakes Shipwreck, won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. Curtis’s first children’s book is What’s for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World. www.andreacurtis.ca
SAUL and CURTIS live with their two boys in Toronto.
#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER
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