Contributor: Rachel Michel

Rachel Michel’s background is in botany, environmentalism and development. Originally from England she lives between Peru, Australia and Catalonia in Spain. Currently, Rachel is researching planning and policy management in historic environments and vernacular gardens.

Between earth and table: the markets of Barcelona

Describing the subject of her book "Hungry City", author/architect Carolyn Steele calls food "the eternal engine driving civilisation". Over its 2000 year history, Barcelona has become a city where the ancient and the contemporary coincide, its human ecology fuelled by its produce markets. Resident Rachel Michel explores the shifting place of markets in her adopted city, through its fat and lean times.