All the food you eat, whether it’s an apple or a steak or a chocolate-coated cricket, has a story. Let’s Eat uncovers the secret lives of our groceries, exploring alternative—and sometimes bizarre—farm technology and touring gardens up high on corporate rooftops and down low in military-style bunkers beneath city streets. Packed with interesting and sometimes startling facts on agriculture around the world, Let’s Eat reveals everything from the size of the biggest farm in the world to how many pesticides are in a single grape to which insect people prefer to eat.
What kind of research did you do for your book?
I hungrily researched all I could on modern agriculture and what agriculture will look like decades from now.
Do you write in chronological order?
Somewhat. My book is fact-based, so it follows some chronological order of the evolution of agriculture, but there are some areas that needed a flashback to how things were done in the old days.
What’s the hardest part of writing?
Making cuts. This is my first book, and it just so happens it’s on a topic I find very compelling. So I researched it to death. I probably could have written three books on modern agriculture. Certain topics, like sustainable aquaculture, or farming in space, could have become books of their own. I had that much material, and there was that much more material out there to be researched and recorded. I also found it hard to keep my information as timely as possible, since I completed the majority of the book a year and a half or so before it was actually published. The ways in which we grow food around the world every day changes by the minute. There are so many mind bendingly awesome innovations, I wish I could have put them all there in the book.
What’s your favorite form of procrastination?
I think agriculture is moving indoors. Hardy pests and climate change are making growing indoors more appealing. And the way we are growing food indoors is so clean and sustainable in comparison to conventional agriculture happening right now out in any monoculture field. I am happy with the range of topics I covered in Let’s Eat. Perhaps I will get around to writing another fact book on food, this time on indoor agriculture and its importance in keeping us fed and our earth healthy.
What is your favorite aspect / part of your new book?
Farming in space! How could that not be my favorite part? It’s like something out of a sci-fi novel, and really, that’s the world our children are growing into, where technology is taking us to places and helping us to do things we only ever dreamed we could. It’s a fascinating time to be alive. Especially if you care about food.
What is your writing ritual?
I write best (read: I have prime focus) in the early morning on an empty stomach during my second coffee, preferably with my feet up.