Renewing America s Food Traditions Saving and Savoring the Continent s Most Endangered Foods Renewing the Food Traditions of North America is a dramatic call to recognize celebrate and conserve the great diversity of foods that give North America the distinctive culinary identity that refle

  • Title: Renewing America's Food Traditions: Saving and Savoring the Continent's Most Endangered Foods
  • Author: Gary Paul Nabhan
  • ISBN: 9781933392899
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Paperback
  • Renewing the Food Traditions of North America is 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 plantsRenewing the Food Traditions of North America is 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 atool 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.

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    One Reply to “Renewing America's Food Traditions: Saving and Savoring the Continent's Most Endangered Foods”

    1. I really like the idea of this book. I was hoping there'd be a little more to it though. When you first open it you realize that each "food nation" only focuses on a handful of foods. It doesn't exactly do the best job of summarizing traditional diets or bioregional lifestyles. There's some interesting history, nice photos and recipes that encourage people to try unfamiliar ingredients but putting all the emphasis on the most endangered foods rather than the most practical wasn't the best choice [...]

    2. The book's key focus is summarized on page xi, from a Foreword penned by Deborah Madison: "The Renewing America's Food Traditions (RAFT) collaborative. . ggests a different scenario, one in which foods that are old might well be new again; these unfamiliar products from our country's regional food traditions can be every bit as compelling as the exotic foods we import from afar." The Introduction laments the disappearance of food traditions--and with them, food sources, some of which have become [...]

    3. This isn't really a cookbook, but it has recipes. It is very much a reference book, meaning to serve as a record of endangered native foods of the U.S so I didn't read all of it. The country, for the purposes of the book, has been split up into "nations" according to the most plentiful food source. Apparently Pennsylvania is part of the Maple Syrup Nation. Each nation has a chapter, and each food in that chapter has 2 or 3 or 4 pages of pictures and history of the food, and a recipe for it but i [...]

    4. Lots of interesting info. There was something about the tone that seemed a bit off at times, such as continued reference to the 'slow food ark', and i don't think the food nations are as well defined as they make them out to be. but yeah lots of neat stuff. I didn't end up having time to read it page to page (checked it out from the library) but would be fun to try some of these foods I'm all for the mission the book promotes, which is basically protecting and conserving heritage foods and crops [...]

    5. This book almost fell into the 'it was amazing' five star category, that's how much I liked it. I had to read a book of Nabhams when I was in school and fell in love with his writing, but more importantly, his subject matter. He writes about native foods and spaces in a respectful, insightful way--I almost said loving, but then got embarrassedIt's broken down regionally (acorn nation, salmon nation--which may have lent to the four stars instead of five) and discusses and details foods at risk in [...]

    6. Renewing America's Food Traditions: Saving and Savoring the Continent's Most Endangered Foods is a great book. It discusses foods that were once plentiful and offers recipes for those ingredients. Most of the foods talked about are endangered but well worth reading about. After reading this book I hope people walk away with the passion to preserve America's most precious resource our land and the food we grow on it. America can be sustainable if we only put forth an effort.

    7. Many precious plants that formed our food web are now becoming extinct--some of these are right in my back yard. The Black Sphinx Date, for example, was brought to Arizona in 1917 from Arabia. It quietly grew among other palms in the Arcadia district of central Phoenix, until it became endangered. What will happen to this treasure if someone does not step up to save it?I value my copy of this book, signed by the author.

    8. Found this for a great price at half price books. Wanted to read it before but was unwilling to pay the B&N price. Not something you would likely read front to back, but pick up and read a portion here and there. Anyone interested in learning about regional food history, gardening with heirloom varieties, slow food, local food, etc would probably find this interesting.

    9. Very interesting look at historic regional recipes that are fading from the common knowledge. Recipes, pictures, maps, and anecdotes contain the information of a textbook with the look and feel of a coffee table or kitchen counter book. Pretty groovy.

    10. Free eBook here: environmentu/publicInteresting, and only about 45 pages. Fun to read about America's Top Ten Endangered Foods (as well as America's Top Ten Success Stories!)

    11. Interesting information on individual ingredients that may be endangered, though I somehow wanted something more pulled together as one story.

    12. beautiful book with eclectic recipes from many heritage and endangered food sources. Very informative and of interest to those interested in the locavore movement and sustainable agriculture.

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