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Slow Food: The Case for Taste (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History) Paperback – August 11, 2004
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Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Neither a cookbook nor a foodie memoir, Slow Food is nevertheless an important work.... Petrini's work is both a philosophical treatise and a history of the movement all in one slim volume, yet it suffices.(Library Journal (starred review))
I always felt like Groucho Marx, who said he would never join a club that'd have him as a member, but Slow Food is far more spiritual, nay, religious, than any club (or religion, for that matter) I have been asked to join. Count me in. Carlo Petrini's Slow Food out-Prousts Proust, out-LaRousses LaRousse and out-Artusis Artusi and makes sense for the dreamers and doers of our times.(Mario Batali)
Everyone who enjoys quality time with fine wines and food should enjoy this book.(Robert Mondavi)
If eating is such an intimate, internal process, shouldn't we take the utmost care in selecting everything we consume? Petrini makes persuasive arguments for doing just that.(Maria C. Hunt San Diego Tribune)
Petrini writes with a seasoned eye for telling detail, and a willingness to provide shocking sweets for his presumed anti-globalization readership...At 155 pages, Slow Food may tempt you to race through it, eager to get to the appendices with mouthwatering examples of products to die for...and descriptions of exotic delicacies from around the world. The 'Slow Read' movement advises you to take your time.(Carlin Romano Philadelphia Inquirer)
Petrini tells the story of the movement's origins and successes inSlow Food: The Case for Taste... The book also outlines the philosophy behind good eating.(Bell'Italia Magazine)
"Petrini--an Italian whose charming prose ripples with gustatory rapture and thrasonical outbursts--pleads with us to slow down"(Mark Winne In These Times)
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For anyone who doesn't know, Slow Food is the antithesis of "fast food," as it is represented by drive through burger restaurants, coffee in a to-go cup, and ready-to-eat microwave dinners. The 17-year-old organization was born from opposition to the opening of a McDonald's restaurant in Rome's iconic Piazza di Spagna (the effort was unsuccessful: that particular location is still open and it serves more than 8,000 hamburgers a day). From that beginning, it evolved to promote eateries that use fresh ingredients and preserve historical cuisines, to fund educational programs, and to encourage the movement's members to stop and smell the roses (and then to have a nice plate of pasta and glass of wine afterwards).
I'm a fan of many aspects of the Slow Food movement: I don't think there's a better guide to Italian restaurants than the Osterie d'Italia guide (available only in Italian). And the organization's educational programs have certainly heightened the awareness of good food and wine in Italy, something I have clearly benefited from. Overall, the emphasis on good, well-made, and unpretentious food and wine is something almost everyone can enjoy.Read more ›
Back in the 70s, E.F. Schumacher wrote Small is Beautiful, creating a movement that eventually became a cliche. In smallness we find our human scale and through smallness it is possible to express our uniqueness. The Slow Food movement has taken this concept and added a few additional ingredients which make life pleasurable. I think Petrini's book can have as strong of an impact on the new millennium as Schumacher's book had in the 70s.
Much credit should be given to the translators for maintaining the integrity of Petrini's literary style.
Two of the hallmarks of what would become the slow food movement are that it is not the aristocratic elite gluttons of past gastronomic societies, but instead a communal left movement, using the simple, local, and moderate foods of a region that have developed in specific places at specific times. In many ways slow food would become a regional geography of gastronomy, recognizing the individuality of places, their soils, climates, elevation, and combining this with the human adaptations to places, culture, and the unique equations that each place has created in history. The movement, while still centered in Italy, spread throughout Europe, and has reached the US and not a moment too soon. Personally, I am tired of being directed to the local “restaurant row” only to find a neon battered-fried gulch. Petrini has helped to bring back the osteria, a quotidian Italian restaurant in every small town “promoting local identities, the proper use of raw ingredients, and the revival of convivial values and simple, seasonal flavors.Read more ›
Far from what one of the "professional" reviewers here at Amazon called "didactic" (although I think he meant to say "pedantic"), Carlo Petrini sets out in brief (110 pages), a concise explanation of the need for Slow Food. While one may indeed need to be literate to understand what he has to say, it is nonetheless an approachable, comprehensible explanation of a maligned and misunderstood movement. Slow Food is NOT just a bunch of yuppie foodies stuffing their craws with foie gras. Recognizing that the enjoyment of wholesome food is essential to the pursuit of hapiness, Slow Food is an educational organization dedicated to stewardship of the land and ecologically sound food production; to the revival of the kitchen and the table as centers of pleasure, culture and community; to the invigoration and proliferation of regional, seasonal culinary traditions; and to living a slower and more harmonious rhythm of life.
How can you argue with that? We will take an enourmous leap forward when we as a country and a culture put as much thought and effort into our food as we do into our entertainment. Read the book and stop being enslaved by the industrial standardization of tastes.
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I could frankly have done without the multiple preambles. The text can be difficult because it's translated from Italian, but I was nonetheless inspired to read little bits to my... Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by Lauren D. Matheson
If you didn't know anything about the slow food movement, this book will give you a comprehensive view. Read morePublished on May 5, 2010 by O. kosakoff
If you are looking for an inspiring read about the slow food movement look elsewhere. This book though short should have been much shorter, possibly a magazine article, and would... Read morePublished on September 13, 2009 by Amazon Customer
This book offers concise information about the history and various activities of the Slow Food Movement. The book is divided into four chapters. Read morePublished on June 14, 2007 by Stephanie Assmann