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Slow Food Nation: Why our Food Should be Good, Clean, and Fair Paperback – September 3, 2013
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“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
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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.
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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great intro to america's everlasting abundance of food and production means, that are leading us to debatable methods of unfair production. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Eryn Kathleen
If you're into reading about the woes of industrial agriculture then you've probably already heard most of the things he's mentioned in this book already, things that are actually... Read morePublished on March 16, 2012 by bc
The in-depth book provides a thorough examination of the quintessential modern diet that merely depletes and deprives the modern person. Read morePublished on March 14, 2010 by RY773
This is a beautifully written book that will make you stop and think. In Slow Food Nation, Petrini has given us an objective way to judge the quality of our food.Published on June 16, 2009 by JK
A very important book for all who are interested in real and healthy food for the planet.Published on April 15, 2009 by JD
I really bought this book as a gift item for my daughter. According to the source, it is an excellent book and quite well written.Published on January 17, 2009 by Vincent A. Pezzullo
I wonder how many guests have dined with Mr. Petrini and thought, "Does this guy ever shut up?" The author wastes too much ink waxing philosophical or arguing for a Utopian "return... Read morePublished on January 16, 2009 by Caoimhín