Slow Food at the Truckee Library
March 29, 2010
Last week in a column about cross-cultural reality checks, I featured two titles about food: and#8220;Hungry Planetand#8221; and and#8220;What the World Eats.and#8221; Since those books were published in the middle of the last decade, there has been a renewed emphasis on how our dietary choices effect our planet. In fact, it has spawned the Slow Food movement (with a branch in our area http://www.slowfoodlaketahoe.org) that is explained in the book and#8220;Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean and Fair,and#8221; the perfect antidote to our Fast Food Nation culture. The Slow Food Movement believes the food we eat should taste good, be produced in a way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health and food producers should receive fair compensation for their work.
In addition to and#8220;Slow Food Nation,and#8221; there are many other titles available in the Truckee Library that espouse a similar philosophy regarding the food we eat. Two titles published in the last few years are especially noteworthy, and#8220;The Omnivoreand#8217;s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Mealsand#8221; by food writer and UC Berkeley professor Michael Pollan and bestselling novelist turned farmer Barbara Kingsolverand#8217;s and#8220;Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.and#8221;
Pollan divides and#8220;The Omnivoreand#8217;s Dilemmaand#8221; into three parts, one for each of the food chains that sustain us: industrialized food, alternative or organic food, and food people obtain by dint of their own hunting, gathering or gardening. He follows each food chain literally from the ground up to the table, emphasizing our dynamic co-evolutionary relationship with the species we depend on. He concludes each section by sitting down to a meal and#8212; at McDonaldand#8217;s, at home with his family sharing a dinner from Whole Foods, and in a revolutionary and#8220;beyond organicand#8221; farm in Virginia. More recently, Pollan has written and#8220;In Defense of Food: An Eaterand#8217;s Manifestoand#8221; and and#8220;Food Matters: An Eaterand#8217;s Manual.and#8221; The simple thesis of and#8220;In Defense of Foodand#8221; is and#8220;Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.and#8221; And by food, he means what your grandmother served.
and#8220;Animal, Vegetable, Miracleand#8221; chronicles the year that Barbara Kingsolver, along with her husband and two daughters, made a commitment to become locavores and#8212; those who eat only locally grown foods. Warning: It will make you yearn to live in an area that is more hospitable to backyard gardening.
Another recent food memoir to hit the non-fiction bestsellers list, also written by a novelist, is and#8220;Eating Animalsand#8221; by Jonathan Foer. He makes the case for ethical vegetarianism in a very compelling way. Warning: You may never look at eating meat in the same way again.-
For those who prefer watching to reading, there are some great DVDs about industrial food production and high-tech farming available through the Truckee Library. Noteworthy titles include and#8220;Food, Inc.,and#8221; and#8220;The Future of Food,and#8221; and and#8220;Our Daily Bread.and#8221;
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Pajama Time, First Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. (all ages) Note: date change to April 15 for month of April
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Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael Jolly
Above the Fireplace: Sand Harbor in oils by Linda Dand#8217;Toole
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