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

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Published May 15th 2008 by Chelsea Green Publishing
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Steven Peterson
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. . .suggests 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 bec...more
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......more
Jul 30, 2008 lia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: food lovers, gardeners, slow food types
Shelves: food-related
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 embarrassed..
It'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...more
Mar 14, 2011 Bookie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Gardeners
Recommended to Bookie by: Seed Savers Exchange
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.
Christina Mowers
Aug 07, 2011 Christina Mowers marked it as to-read
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.
Aug 24, 2008 Tara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Budding Culinary Anthropologists
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.
Brad Belschner
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Interesting, and only about 45 pages. Fun to read about America's Top Ten Endangered Foods (as well as America's Top Ten Success Stories!)
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.
Interesting information on individual ingredients that may be endangered, though I somehow wanted something more pulled together as one story.
Interesting, but not as engaging as I'd hoped. Still, worth looking into.
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Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally-celebrated nature writer, seed saver, conservation biologist and sustainable agriculture activist who has been called "the father of the local food movement" by Utne Reader, Mother Earth News, Carleton College and Unity College. Gary is also an orchard-keeper, wild forager and Ecumenical Franciscan brother in his hometown of Patagonia, Arizona near the Mexica...more
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