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Slow Food Revolution: A New Culture for Eating and Living

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Founded in Italy in 1986 by charismatic Italian gourmand Carlo Petrini, Slow Food has grown into a phenomenally successful movement against the uniformity and compromised quality of fast food and supermarket chains. With nearly 85,000 members in 45 countries around the world, Slow Food has developed from a small, grassroots group into the most influential gastronomic movem...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by Rizzoli (first published January 1st 2005)
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This book gives some interesting background information on the emergence of the Slow Food movement and its founder, Carlo Petrini. It's heartening to see a grassroots movement like Slow Food take off and become a big deal. My only complaint is that I wanted to hear more about how everyday people can get involved with Slow Food, whereas this book talked more about the galas, parties, and famous people associated with the movement. That and I feel like I could never afford some of the crazy foods...more
Of all the Slow Food publications, this one is the best to understand how Slow Food came about. However, I don't know if it's the translation from Italian to English or just Petrini's writing style, but the writing is dense. A lot of detail as well. Really worth the read for those interested in the topic or those who are interested in social revolutions, but others might not find it at all interesting.
Dec 15, 2007 molly marked it as could-not-finish
Honestly? I got to page 12. That's how bad the writing and/or translation was. I'm interested in the Slow Food movement, but will find out information from a source that can actually write. There were so many organization and individual names listed by page 5 that I wanted to throw the damn thing across the room. Plus, the authors can't keep a train of thought going for more than a paragraph at a time.
This book was constructed as a chronological timeline of events that led to the establishment of the movement, with little anecdotes dispersed in between. If you want to know more about the revolution and the philosophy behind it (rather than Italian legislation and politics), begin from the end and read the testimonials by local farmers, fishermen, winemakers from around the world.
This book was a history of the Slow Food movement, complete with many many many specific details about the political origins of Slow Food and its development to the global organization promoting heirlooom foods and breeds. I skimmed the last two thirds of the book. Trying to finish it was keeping me from reading.
Everyone who knows me knows how much I enjoy a slow cooked home meal or just good food in general. I grew up eating at the dinner table every night even if only one parent was present and only hot dog macaroni concoction. If its made with love that's all that really matters. I believe in the Slow Food Revolution.
Well, I can't exactly call this read. I more like flipped through it. I love food books and I love books about food politics, but I found this one to be kind of boring/pretentious. I might check it out again sometime to give it another try but it is due today.
The language and material was hard to get through some times; it wasn't an easy bedtime book. However, the information was fascinating! Reading through the Presidia in the back was particularly interesting.
If you're looking for Slow Food inspiration, then this is not the book for you. If you have a passing interest in the politics in Italy a few decades ago, it might be.
Chris Wells
I like the ideals of the movement, but this history was a little too boring for me. I couldn't really finish it.
Aug 13, 2009 Tara marked it as to-read
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For some reason, even though I am so interested in the topic, I can not deal with reading this book.
A bible for the movement - but definitely more or a history book than an engrossing read
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Carlo Petrini, an Italian sociologist, is the founder of the international movement Slow Food (1989).
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