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“Petrini builds his case against fast food and offers ways to bring back the balance between nature and our table.” ~Bon Appetit

“The book is an earthly, through treatise on eating well.” ~Whole Living

“In Slow Food Nation, Petrini demonstrates the ultimate mission of the Slow Food Movement by exposing the dangers of the food industry, which include genetically modified organisms, chemicals, and pesticides.” ~WholeFoods Magazine

About the Author

Carlo Petrini is the founder and driving force of Slow Food and was recently acclaimed as a great innovator in Time magazine's list of "European Heroes." In May 2016, the United Nations named him "FAO Special Ambassador Zero Hunger for Europe."


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris; 1 edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847841308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847841301
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Tiemann on September 27, 2007
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Carlo Petrini gave a lecture at NCSU in Raleigh earlier this year. His talk was in Italian, but his ideas were universal: if we want happiness and peace, we're going to have to change the way we eat.

The book is fantastic. It is beautifully written, powerful, and balances scientific data and understanding with cultural histories and sensible aestheics. His proposal of a new branch of science, gastronomy, is as revolutionary as Freud's proposal to study the human psyche or David Kelley's efforts to study design as a science.

This book is The Inconvenient Truth for those who eat. But it is also a far more optimistic book, for the solution to the problem of industrial agriculture is to seek out good food, to meet and learn about the farms and farmers who grow it, and the reward is pleasure.

The Introduction by Alice Waters is, like the food at Chez Panisse, a sensual as well as a sensible delight.

This is a great book to buy, read, and then share with others, all around the world.
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More than a reaction to Fast Food's arrival in Italy, Slow Food
has evolved into a global movement encompassing many different actions to improve what we all taste and eat.
It's not about eating well in the privileged, Michelin-starred table sense. It's about recognizing everyone's barriers to eating well and judging the quality of our food on three levels, asking whether it is good, clean and fair. (The book's original title is just that: Buono, pulito e Giusto).
The movement's founder wrote this book to set out a new definition of gastronomy, enumerating some of the issues facing our food supply and helping to turn a thinking eater to positive action.
Beautifully translated, Slow Food Nation is a cogent & readable introduction to what Slow Food is about. Highly recommended!
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Carlo Petrini has been attempting to preserve a more traditional view of food for a long time, this book lays out his current thinking in a clear and concise layering of understanding food in culture (gastronomy), understanding quality (good, clean, fair food), and the tools to put these ideas to work in the world going forward.
As we reconstitute a food culture based on transparency and quality in the USA and hopefully across the globe, this book provides key ideas related to respect for diversity of food products, respect for food in culture, and respect for the work associated with food that can serve to guide us. This book made me think and laugh, and I recommend it highly.
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This is simply a beautiful book. It is motivational. It is deep. It is intelligent. It is profound. I am glad I have read it. It is a simple matter really. If you care about people, animals, plants, food, the earth; what is called the world then you will enjoy this book and will find enrichment and satisfaction. If on the other hand you choose to live in ignorance and oblivion and prefer to act as an individual pursuing only ones selfish interests and to consume indiscriminately without concern or knowledge then you need this book but will most likely find a way to refute it. The translation is excellent. This is not a difficult read for a well-formed mind and I suspect you will enjoy Petrini's style. I particulary enjoyed his diary insights about the experiences of his life that gives us an acoount of others trying to do good. Read this book you will be rewarded.
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A great book for anyone wanting to know about the 20 year old revolution of slow food that began in Italy...buying locally grown and produced foods to provide the healthiest foods for our bodies and to take care of our planet as well. If you're into agricultural and ecological sustainability or your not, but you either want to be a part of it or are curious about it...this book is the one to start with. An easy read and highly recommended.
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Care for your food and care about how it is produced, that is the central theme to this book that aims to show that you are not necessarily a rich gastronome or a hippy to share such values.

Many demands and challenges face modern day food, some valid and some possibly overblown or misunderstood. Whether it be greater demand outstripping supply, genetically-modified organisms, food-borne diseases, industrial farming and climate change, it is clear that mankind cannot necessarily influence nor change everything, yet does it hurt to try? Is it good, on many levels, to go for the lowest-possible denominator in everything just because one can? That could be a short-term, even fatal mistake as well.

This is a fairly heavy-going academically-orientated book that sets out to identify and isolate various issues and seeks to give some suggested solutions along the way, noting that one can eschew the negative effects of industrialisation and mass production, drawing much from many so-called less-developed cultures around the world who have not necessarily bought into "big industry" and are not suffering because of this. At the same time in many so-called developed, civilised societies, many people who do seem to care about the entire chain of what they eat are often viewed as being elitist, extremist or just plain "odd". Whether that is because of ignorance, industry-derived pressure or something else is left to the reader to determine.

Mind you, many people are not even in agreement about what exactly is gastronomy and what being a gastronome entails. To some it is mixed with the term gourmet and many just assume it is a love of "good food". Perhaps one has to accept that an archetypal, dictionary description cannot be used to the exclusion of everyday society's description.
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