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Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love Hardcover – November 10, 2015
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“In Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, Sethi describes how, in recent years, environmental and economic forces have decreased biodiversity and threatened the existence of some of our favorite foods and beverages.” (Boston Globe)
“Our tables … are never really of, or for, one, as Sethi elegantly shows us.” (NPR)
“Bread, wine, chocolate-three things many of us refuse to live without. But, as Simran Sethi tells us in her new book, Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, we might have to.” (Acquired Taste)
“Read this wonderful book and you will become immersed in the intricate worlds of no less than six (delicious) foods and drinks. It is about our relationships with the life forms that sustain us—and how we might learn to approach those relationships with far more love, compassion, and good taste.” (Naomi Klein, New York Times bestselling author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine)
“Simran Sethi’s passionate book on food and biodiversity reminds us how healing food can be. The world is on our plate.” (Deepak Chopra, M.D.)
“A powerful reminder that we can eat in ways that don’t cause damage to the planet or its poorest people--and that can delight us, not just fill us up. Don’t read it on an empty stomach!” (Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy)
“A passionate plea to save and restore the things most precious about our food—its myriad flavors and its connection with nature. As global economic forces slowly squeeze the uniqueness out of what we eat, Simran Sethi explores the delicate culinary delights that offer hope, and deliciousness, for the future.” (John McQuaid, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat)
“A stirring call to arms for anyone who loves food!” (Andrea Reusing, James Beard award-winning chef and author of Cooking in the Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes)
“Should be required reading for culinary students, journalists, scholars and citizens who care about what they put into their mouths and what we’re doing to Mother Earth. Sethi is the kind of writer who can coat the bitter pill in honey and we all just swallow and say thank you.” (Linda West Eckhardt, James Beard award-winning cookbook author, Editor/Founder of Everybody Eats News)
“In this illuminating and impactful book, Simran Sethi sheds light on the dwindling diversity of our diets and our landscapes through the stories of our most beloved tastes. Bread, Wine, Chocolate calls on all of us to cherish—and thus preserve—the world’s endangered flavors.” (Dan Barber, chef/co-owner of Blue Hill and New York Times bestselling author of The Third Plate)
“Read this and you will understand that cuisine is how we kiss the world. There is more good news: it kisses back.” (Paul Hawken, New York Times bestselling author of Natural Capitalism and Blessed Unrest)
“By turns explorer and explainer, Simran Sethi conducts a thoughtful and heartfelt tour of humanity’s most beloved tastes—and the threats that could extinguish them forever.” (Michael Brune, executive director, Sierra Club)
“Bread, Wine, Chocolate is for anyone who has ever longed for a richer understanding of the foods you love, and for greater awareness of what it takes to bring them to you.” (Kaelyn Riley, Experience Life Magazine)
“In a new book, author Simran Sethi argues that we are facing one of the most radical shifts in food ever.” (Smithsonian Magazine)
“[Sethi] writes with a deep understanding of pleasure and taste to convey her urgent message – we must make uncompromising, purposeful choices when it comes to what we eat before it’s too late!” (Alice Waters, chef, author and the proprietor of Chez Panisse)
“...Simran Sethi’s new book Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, an excellent look at loss of biodiversity through something that we all know, and love, well: food.” (Paste Magazine)
“Simran Sethi... argues convincingly about the deep importance of these humble foods that human beings have been imbibing for millennia.” (Civil Eats)
“Bread, Wine, Chocolate is full of wonderfully geeky bits of science, including an excellent section on how memory and culture influences our perception of taste. But Sethi’s friendly, welcoming tone makes serious topics digestible and pleasurable.” (Associated Press)
About the Author
Simran Sethi is a journalist and an associate at the University of Melbourne's Sustainable Society Institute and the former host of the PBS Quest series on science and sustainability. Her work has appeared on NBC Nightly News, PBS, Oprah, MSNBC, the History Channel, and NPR. She was the national environmental correspondent for NBC News, the anchor/writer of Sundance Channel's first dedicated environmental programming, and the host of the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary A School in the Woods.
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Top Customer Reviews
I felt like I was at a wonderful dinner party where very knowledgeable guests were talking about food--minus any kind of food-snobbery!
The book isn't about what you should or shouldn't eat, instead it's talking about how we don't realize that while we feel like we have so many options to choose from food has really become much less diverse. Sectioned off into Wine, Chocolate, Beer, Bread, Coffee, and Octopus, Preeti Simran Sethi weaves her connection with the foods with trips to farms, restaurants and conversations with really interesting and food passionate people in a way that never left me feeling bored.
Intelligent, thoughtful and thought provoking. This book will be a part of curriculums for years to come.
With seamless ease, Sethi weaves interviews with scientists, growers, and conservationists with her own personal growth and discoveries. Covering a broad range of information, each section of the book is carefully structured with history, cultural impact, and an unrivaled depth of flavor. I’ve read numerous books that felt preachy or condescending to the uninformed consumer, but this book is truly impactful without feeling agenda-driven. Sethi admits that she was like me at the start of the book; new to learning about the foods we are addicted to. Being able to relate and identify with her while traveling to lush forests and vineyards, made it feel like I was experiencing everything first hand. I don’t want to lose depth or complexity of the coffee I can’t live without.
Sethi makes me want to grow a garden full of produce not available at the store, know the origin of every food I taste, and protect diversity by understanding my power as a consumer. This book is more than just statistics on our diets, facts on the species that we are losing everyday (though those are truly eye opening), but a deeply personal quest to find answers at the source. The people who touch the food that I eat have never felt closer, and I have never been more grateful for their effort.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is beautifully written, meticulously researched, and blends intimate personal revelations with truths of global importance. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Lindsay King-Miller
Pretty dull and doesn't contain new information on the loss of biodiversity in our food sources.Published 1 month ago by Karel L. Rogers
This is very hard to read. Sethi seems to be a slut for help with her research, and for food. A very cheap meal for her is fresh figs, prociuto sp? and pizza Bianca. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Roberta Lamons
I loved reading the book while enjoying some delicious chocolates! The book provides tremendous insight into food diversity.Published 2 months ago by Sara Katich
This book is super smart, insightful,
sensual, terrifying yet full of hope, and crazy well written.
Simran's journey has given me lots to think about and explore.
I learned so much from this book! Educational AND entertaining!!Published 3 months ago by Lillian the Librarian