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Slow Food: The Case for Taste

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Take a breath.... Read slowly. How often in the course and crush of our daily lives do we afford ourselves moments to truly relish-to truly be present in-the act of preparing and eating food? For most of us, our enjoyment of food has fallen victim to the frenetic pace of our lives and to our increasing estrangement, in a complex commercial economy, from the natural processes by which food is grown and produced. Packaged, artificial, and unhealthful, fast food is only the most dramatic example of the degradation of food in our lives, and of the deeper threats to our cultural, political, and environmental well-being. In 1986, Carlo Petrini decided to resist the steady march of fast food and all that it represents when he organized a protest against the building of a McDonald's near the Spanish Steps in Rome. Armed with bowls of penne, Petrini and his supporters spawned a phenomenon. Three years later Petrini founded the International Slow Food Movement, renouncing not only fast food but also the overall pace of the "fast life." Issuing a manifesto, the Movement called for the safeguarding of local economies, the preservation of indigenous gastronomic traditions, and the creation of a new kind of ecologically aware consumerism committed to sustainability. On a practical level, it advocates a return to traditional recipes, locally grown foods and wines, and eating as a social event. Today, with a magazine, Web site, and over 75,000 followers organized into local "convivia," or chapters, Slow Food is poised to revolutionize the way Americans shop for groceries, prepare and consume their meals, and think about food. Slow Foodnot only recalls the origins, first steps, and international expansion of the movement from the perspective of its founder, it is also a powerful expression of the organization's goal of engendering social reform through the transformation of our attitudes about food and eating. As Newsweekdescribed it, the Slow Food movement has now become the basis for an alternative to the American rat race, the inspiration for "a kinder and gentler capitalism." Linger a while then, with the story of what Alice Waters in her Foreword calls "this Delicious Revolution," and rediscover the pleasures of the good life.

Table of Contents

Foreword / Alice Waters — Series editor's introduction — Preface — Preface to the American edition — Official slow-food manifesto — Appetite and thought — Origins ; From new epicures to ecological gastronomes ; International movement of good taste ; Pleasure denied, pleasure rediscovered ; McDonald's versus slow food — In the beginning, the territory — Cultivating diversity ; At the center, the producer ; Rebirth of the Osteria ; Difficult voyage ; Salone del Gusto — Educating and learning — Praise of the senses and the paradox of taste ; In the schools ; From the workshops to the master of food ; University — Noah principle — Scenes from a flood ; Ark and the presidia ; Quality, the law, and biotech ; Slow food award for the defense of biodiversity — Without Nostalgia : acknowledgments — Appendices — Slow food Italian presidia ; Slow food international presidia ; Slow food award winners ; Chronology of Arcigola slow food ; Slow food U.S.A. today.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231502375
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Subject:
History
Translator:
McCuaig, William
Foreword:
Waters, Alice
Creator:
Carlo Petrini
Author:
William McCuaig
Author:
McCuaig, William
Author:
Carlo Petrini
Author:
Petrini, Carlo
Subject:
Food habits
Subject:
Food
Subject:
Agriculture & Food
Subject:
Agriculture - Sustainable Agriculture
Subject:
Development - Sustainable Development
Subject:
Cooking and Food-General
Subject:
Sustainable Living-Food
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Cooking : History
Subject:
Social Science : Agriculture & Food
Subject:
Technology & Engineering : Agriculture - Sustainable Agricul
Subject:
Business & Economics : Development - Sustainable Development
Publication Date:
June 2003
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
176

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