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Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back

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Ask children where food comes from, and theyandrsquo;ll probably answer: andldquo;the supermarket.andrdquo; Ask most adults, and their replies may not be much different. Where our foods are raised and what happens to them between farm and supermarket shelf have become mysteries. How did we become so disconnected from the sources of our breads, beef, cheeses, cereal, apples, and countless other foods that nourish us every day?

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Ann Vileisisandrsquo;s answer is a sensory-rich journey through the history of making dinner. Kitchen Literacy takes us from an eighteenth-century garden to todayandrsquo;s sleek supermarket aisles, and eventually to farmerandrsquo;s markets that are now enjoying a resurgence. Vileisis chronicles profound changes in how American cooks have considered their foods over two centuries and delivers a powerful statement: what we donandrsquo;t know could hurt us.

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As the distance between farm and table grew, we went from knowing particular places and specific stories behind our foodsandrsquo; origins to instead relying on advertisersandrsquo; claims. The woman who raised, plucked, and cooked her own chicken knew its entire life history while today most of us have no idea whether hormones were fed to our poultry. Industrialized eating is undeniably convenient, but it has also created health and environmental problems, including food-borne pathogens, toxic pesticides, and pollution from factory farms.

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Though the hidden costs of modern meals can be high, Vileisis shows that greater understanding can lead consumers to healthier and more sustainable choices. Revealing how knowledge of our food has been lost and how it might now be regained, Kitchen Literacy promises to make us think differently about what we eat.

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As the distance between farm and table grew, we went from knowing particular places and specific stories behind our foodsand#8217; origins to instead relying on advertisersand#8217; claims. The woman who raised, plucked, and cooked her own chicken knew its entire life history while today most of us have no idea whether hormones were fed to our poultry. Industrialized eating is undeniably convenient, but it has also created health and environmental problems, including food-borne pathogens, toxic pesticides, and pollution from factory farms.

Though the hidden costs of modern meals can be high, Vileisis shows that greater understanding can lead consumers to healthier and more sustainable choices. Revealing how knowledge of our food has been lost and how it might now be regained, Kitchen Literacy promises to make us think differently about what we eat.

About the Author

Ann Vileisis is a writer and historian. She is the author of Discovering the Unknown Landscape: A History of Americaand#8217;s Wetlands (Island Press, 1997), which won prestigious awards from the American Historical Association and the American Society for Environmental History. An avid gardener and cook, she lives on the Oregon coast.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Missing Stories

Chapter 1. A Meal by Martha

Chapter 2. To Market, To Market

Chapter 3. Mystifying the Mundane

Chapter 4. Denaturing the Senses

Chapter 5. A New Longing for Nature

Chapter 6. Rise of the Modern Food Sensibility

Chapter 7. The Covenant of Ignorance

Chapter 8. Kitchen Countertrends

Epilogue: Returning Stories to the Modern Kitchen

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Notes

Illustration Credits

Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781597267175
Author:
Vileisis, Ann
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
Nutrition
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Medicine Nutrition and Psychology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 figures
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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As the distance between farm and table grew, we went from knowing particular places and specific stories behind our foodsand#8217; origins to instead relying on advertisersand#8217; claims. The woman who raised, plucked, and cooked her own chicken knew its entire life history while today most of us have no idea whether hormones were fed to our poultry. Industrialized eating is undeniably convenient, but it has also created health and environmental problems, including food-borne pathogens, toxic pesticides, and pollution from factory farms.

Though the hidden costs of modern meals can be high, Vileisis shows that greater understanding can lead consumers to healthier and more sustainable choices. Revealing how knowledge of our food has been lost and how it might now be regained, Kitchen Literacy promises to make us think differently about what we eat.

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