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Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Foodby Wendell Berry
One of the most prolific and celebrated authors on the subjects of sustainable agriculture and mindful eating, Wendell Berry has influenced the likes of Wes Jackson, Barbara Kingsolver, Gene Logsdon, Barry Lopez, and Michael Pollan, to name a few. Fans of any of the aforementioned authors who've yet to delve into Berry's work will find the perfect introduction in Bringing It to the Table, a sampling of the author's essays on farming and food. And no, it's not a typo... some of the most provocative and timely essays in this collection were published nearly 40 years ago.
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Only a farmer could delve so deeply into the origins of food, and only a writer of Wendell Berrys caliber could convey it with such conviction and eloquence. Long before Whole Foods organic produce was available at your local supermarket, Berry was farming with the purity of food in mind. For the last five decades, Berry has embodied mindful eating through his land practices and his writing. In recognition of that influence, Michael Pollan here offers an introduction to this wonderful collection.
Drawn from over thirty years of work, this collection joins bestsellers The Omnivores Dilemma, by Pollan, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, as essential reading for anyone who cares about what they eat. The essays address such concerns as: How does organic measure up against locally grown? What are the differences between small and large farms, and how does that affect what you put on your dinner table? What can you do to support sustainable agriculture?
A progenitor of the Slow Food movement, Wendell Berry reminds us all to take the time to understand the basics of what we ingest. Eating is an agriculture act,” he writes. Indeed, we are all players in the food economy.
Long before organic produce was available at local supermarkets, Berry was farming with the purity of food in mind. Drawn from more than 30 years of work, this collection is essential reading for anyone who cares about what they eat.
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