The Urbanist

Food and identity

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25 May 2017

Episode 293

30 minutes


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Food can be a big part of a city’s identity. But as cities adapt to technology and changing demographics, is the food tradition changing too? We head to Paris, Cairo and Hong Kong to have a look at what’s on the menu.

25 May 2017

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Paris’s online food markets

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Will a new business model of online shopping change Parisians’ relationship with the city’s iconic markets? Colette Davidson reports.

8 minutes

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Chapter 2

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Cairo’s food identity

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The Egyptian capital is famous for its street markets but, much like the city, as you move downtown or uptown – the food changes too. Our contributor Ruth Michaelson gives us a taste of what’s in season.

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Chapter 3

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Hong Kong’s first food truck

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Hong Kong’s very first food-truck experiment has finally hit the road. The brand-new culinary experience was designed to revolutionise how people eat and what’s on their plates. But has it been successful?

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Chapter 4

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Food as branding

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Monocle’s in-house food expert Markus Hippi shares his thoughts on city branding through culinary traditions.

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