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Renewing America's Food Traditions Saving and Savoring the Continent's 100 Most Endangered Foods

ISBN-10: 1933392894
ISBN-13: 9781933392899
Edition: 2008
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Description: Renewing the Food Traditions of North Americais a dramatic call to recognize, celebrate, and conserve the great diversity of foods that give North America the distinctive culinary identity that reflects its multi-cultural heritage. It offers us rich  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 5/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 9.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Renewing the Food Traditions of North Americais a dramatic call to recognize, celebrate, and conserve the great diversity of foods that give North America the distinctive culinary identity that reflects its multi-cultural heritage. It offers us rich natural and cultural histories as well as recipes and folk traditions associated with one hundred of 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. In addition, it offers a eulogy to a once-common game food that has gone extinct--the passenger pigeon--to underscore how rapidly a food species can be depleted if its habitat is destroyed and harvesting pressures are ignored. Rather than dwelling on the tragic losses, it highlights the success stories of food recovery, habitat restoration, and market revitalization which chefs, farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and foresters have recently achieved. Through such "food parables," editor Nabhan and his colleagues build a persuasive argument for eater-based conservation. Implementing that call to action, the Renewing America's Food Tradition collaborative involves some of the country's most inspiring and effective non-profit organizations in targeting hundreds of rare and neglected foods unique to North America for such restoration and recovery. They have been compiled into the first-ever comprehensive list of the wild and domesticated food varieties that are threatened or endangered in North America, including heirloom seeds, fruits, and nuts; heritage breeds of livestock and poultry; fish and game; and wild-foraged plants. In addition, this book offers a tool-kit to engage those who wish to personally support and participate in such recoveries, and a list of food festivals held across the continent to honor and enjoy some of the country's most iconic foods, from crab cakes to maple syrup and file gumbo. Organized by food nations named for the ecological and cultural keystone foods of each region--Salmon Nation, Bison Nation, Chile Pepper Nation, Cornbread Nation, among others--this book offers you an altogether fresh perspective on the culinary traditions of North America. After savoring this book, you will never look at the geography of food--or the necessity of conserving the biocultural foundation of culinary diversity--the same way again.

He is a prize-winning author & naturalist, lives in Tucson, where he is director of conservation biology at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum & cofounder of Native Seeds/Search.

Makal� Faber is the Director of Programs at Slow Food USA where she oversees five education, cultural, and agro-biodiversity programs: RAFT (Renewing Americas Food Traditions), Slow Food in Schools, Ark of Taste, Presidia, and Terra Madre.

Deborah Madison grew up in Davis, California and later attended the University of California. Madison worked in the kitchen at the Zen Center in San Francisco then left to cook at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Later, she returned to Zen Center to become the first chef at The Greens in Fort Mason. Madison has contributed articles to Saveur, Fine Cooking, Gourmet, Eating Well, and the Time-Life Cookbook Series. She has written "The Greens Cookbook" and "The Savory Way," which won the Cookbook of the Year Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Madison has also received the M. F. K. Fisher Mid-Career Award.

Foreword
Introduction
TheFood Nations of North America
About RAFT's Founding Partners
Acorn nation
Bison nation
Chestnut nation
Chile pepper nation
Clambake nation
Cornbread nation
Crabcake nation
Gumbo nation
Maple syrup nation
Moose nation
Pinyon nut nation
Salmon nation
Wild rice nation
Epilogue: gone but not forgotten; the continentwide extinction of the passenger pigeon
RAFT List of Foods at Risk in North America
RAFT Toolkit for Community-Based Conservation and Evaluation of Traditional Foods
Index

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