Renewing America's Food TraditionsRenewing America’s Food Traditions – Saving and Savoring the Continent’s Most Endangered Foods

Gary Paul Nabhan; Editor Forwarded by: Deborah Madison

Renewing America’s Food Traditions is a beautifully illustrated dramatic call to recognize, celebrate, and conserve the great diversity of foods that gives North America its distinctive culinary identity that reflects our multicultural heritage. It offers us rich natural and cultural histories as well as recipes and folk traditions associated with the rarest food plants and animals in North America. In doing so, it reminds us that what we choose to eat can either conserve or deplete the cornucopia of our continent. While offering a eulogy to a once-common game food that has gone extinct—the passenger pigeon—the book doesn’t dwell on tragic losses. Instead, it highlights the success stories of food recovery, habitat restoration, and market revitalization that chefs, farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and foresters have recently achieved. Through such “food parables,” editor Gary Paul Nabhan and his colleagues build a persuasive argument for eater-based conservation.

The Ark of Taste is an online catalogue created by Slow Food, and Nabhan’s book highlights its essence. The Ark is growing day by day, gathering alerts from people who see the flavors of their childhood disappear, taking with them a piece of the culture and history of which they are a part. Enjoy this video:

Hotchkiss Library, Oct 13, 6:30PM

Potluck – Get inspired by the book’s recipes!

Special Guest: Mark Waltermire, Thistle Whistle Farm

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