Synopses & Reviews
Among all the "food nations" of North America--ranging from Clambake Nation to Chile Pepper Nation--Salmon Nation is the richest in mushrooms, berries, wild roots, fish, and shellfish. Native American traditions are at its core, but other culinary accents--from Spanish to Japanese--have added to the mix. A project of the Renewing Americas Food Traditions (RAFT) consortium, this book describes over 180 species of local plants and animals--many now at risk, others recovering, and all deserving of recognition--that have formed the basis of food traditions in the Pacific Northwest. To identify the traditional foods of Salmon Nation, RAFT brought together farmers, chefs, fisherfolk, food historians, orchardists, ethnobotanists, conservation activists, nutrition educators, and wild foragers in an unprecedented effort to assess the current state of foods unique to the Pacific Northwest. The result is, for the first time ever, a comprehensive list of the foods that have nurtured the cultures of Salmon Nation over the centuries.
Renewing Salmon Nation's Food Traditions
describes a treasure trove of regional plants and species some at risk, others recovering. We hope that it can serve as both a reference guide and a historical inventory of species that were once abundant in Salmon Nation.
At the back, this handbook also features a resource guide a listing of nurseries and seed companies serving the region. With this information in hand, it is up to us to bring these fruits, vegetables, herbs, and shellfish back into widespread cultivation. Farmers can help by growing these varieties, and chefs and retailers can join in by featuring them on restaurant menus and at grocery store.