As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been slowly reading through a book called Superdove about the history of the pigeon in different cultures and societies. One of the things I learned more about was the business of pigeon farming for consumption. In Chinese culture, squab has been a dish around for ages, but only recently has it been introduced to Western dishes as a viable replacement for the other big bird, chicken. I’ve had pigeon before and it tastes really good and by all accounts most people who try it also come to the same conclusion. It’s all about breaking down the stereotype of the pigeon as a dirty city scavenger (which it is if you look at the NYC pigeon). Very quickly you’ll realize that ‘pigeon’ means very different things to different people in different places of the world.
Anyway, those pigeons appearing on your dinner plate? These are the farms that raise them.