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Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement Is Changing the Way We Eat Paperback – October 21, 2011
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Publishers Weekly (Reviewed on: 09/12/2011)
"This is one-third chicken soup for the soul, one-third chicken poop for the soil, and three thirds great stories of real people doing positive practical and transformative work with food." -- Wayne Roberts, Canadian food policy analyst and writer, former manager of the Toronto Food Policy Council
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This book is a collection of stories put together to show you what CAN be done to change the way our food system works. There are stories of community gardens and community supported aggricultural programs. There are cases of individual people taking on local government policies that make raising your own animals for food next to impossible. And there are examples of non profit agencies that have worked hard to preserve the heritage and traditions of native people.
I really enjoyed the sections on Farm to School programs and Farm to Table Restaurants. It is a great idea to change the food you yourself are eating but to change the way an entire school district or restaurant chain looks at food is an amazing challenge. There are several success stories and hopefully more to come.
These are not just 'look what we did' stories! Each one has a section at the end that talks about 'lessons learned' so that if YOU want to try and follow in their footsteps, you will have an easier time than they did! And the photos included in this book are just beautiful!Read more ›
Cobb feels that there is something inherently democratic about the food movement. "It's democracy in action," she says, "people vote with their dollars, create control over an important part of their life, and take ownership in their community." Simply put: "Democracy is happening in our food system."
But Cobb's book is far from a rosy-tinted adulation of food projects. Rather, she describes it as "inspirational and practical." Inspirational, from the incredible stories of success and ingenuity. Practical, however, from Cobb's insistence on asking tough questions and distilling her interviews down to true "lessons learned."
In surveying the food system literature prior to writing the book, Cobb was surprised by the lack of a consolidated "lessons learned" text for food projects. In research, interviews, and site visits, Cobb's research team went below the surface, hearing about hardships and advice that food project veterans would give to future generations.
The features in the book have been meticulously documented, and Cobb is quick to reference the contributions of many book supporters, including seven students, U.Va. faculty, including Urban & Environmental Planning professor Tim Beatley, and numerous food experts from around the nation. Though the text is detailed, Cobb's storytelling weaves tales that are readable and illuminating, drawing upon research, as well as first-hand interviews and meetings with food projects from around the country.Read more ›
tanya denckla cobb is in the former category, and this book is a thorough, extensively-researched, deeply investigated exposé of the local food movement at the grassroots level.
for anyone trying to understand whether the local food movement is just a fad or whether it represents a true change in the way we eat, this book is well worth reading, following up on, and then using as a resource again and again.
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Nice textbook format, useful for someone interested in planning projects to bring healthy food to urban areas.Published 11 months ago by L. Hunt
Very inspiring and full of practical ideas that would really make a difference. I'm ordering another one as a gift.Published on July 8, 2013 by D. Ring
this was a great buy for our daughter she took the class and the book was a great price thanksPublished on May 1, 2013 by Joilanda Cosby
I bought this book because of the chapter on the Hopi Indian family of Luther Honeyestewa. I once bought a Kachina doll and it was signed by Luther. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Janet Claggett
This may sound silly or far-fetched, but this book really did change my life. I came upon it by accident at my local library at a time when I was looking to do some volunteering,... Read morePublished on June 6, 2012 by Tina Koral
What a great new book! Tanya Cobb has once again addressed a critical topic, incorporating a wide array of examples with extensive illustrative materials. Read morePublished on November 18, 2011 by BMad
Tanya Cobb's "Reclaiming Our Food" is excellent inspiration for those of who want to bring real food back to our communities. Read morePublished on November 16, 2011 by Amy Edwards
Like many people interested in food production and sustainability issues, I've gotten a little weary of advocates saying that our food system is broken and that we need to have... Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by Sylvia Callida