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Come to the Table: Slow Food Way of Living

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Where do great meals begin? Come to the Table brings you straight to the source of wonderful flavors, beauty, abundance, and pride of place—the small farms of California and the people who tend them season after season.
Alice Waters, the celebrated chef and food activist, introduces a remarkable group of resilient fresh-food artisans who are committed to keeping our food s
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 16th 2008 by Modern Times
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I spotted this title in a Bon Appetite magazine and was delighted to discover that the bulk of the book consists of vignettes of thirteen family and community supported farms of diverse sizes and descriptions. The at-a-glance description of "going slow" includes buying organic (careful, this may not be what you think it is now that the word is trademarked), avoiding "genetically modified food" (easier said than done -- watch Food, Inc. or The Future of Food for more info), buying local (farmer's ...more
Jul 13, 2010 Gloria rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those interested in food purity, local economies, green issues
Shelves: non-fiction, cookery
This is a book that celebrates the local farmer, but more importantly, its intent is to educate consumers as to why they should buy locally and what the issues are facing small farms. It definitely highlights big government initiatives (problems and roadblocks) and why it is good for consumers and the earth to see small farms emerge again. It contains decent recipes, too, but the focus is rather political as it firmly pushes back on our fast food nation.
Aja Marsh
Mostly dedicated to stories of mostly west coast small family farms-- which is cool, I just expected it to be full of recipes. The handful of recipes are mainly a logical pairing to the stories, but none of them are particularly eye opening-- though I was curious about the two recipes that use pumpkin plant leaves and chili plant leaves--- interesting!!
This is a book filled with wonderful stories and great recipes.... the Chicken and Chile Leaves and Dutch-Oven Pot Roast with Root Vegetables are fantastic!

A treasure worthy of a place on your kitchen shelf-- just in time for Thanksgiving!

-Happy Eating!
This is a compilation of various stories behind sustainable family farms. I wouldn't buy it, but it made a nice library read. The reasons for CSAs are explained and the difficulty of being a farmer these days emphasized. Also, a few good looking recipes at the end.
Heather Wolfers
Reinforces my desire to someday own a little family farm. Makes me wish we had a longer growing season here in Colorado and a longer farmer's market. Reminds me of when we lived in France and would go to the outdoor market every week. Inspiring!
A beautifully designed book inside and out - even the paper feels good in my hands. Interviews and stories from small California farmers and food producers. The recipes at the end look great too.
Jennifer Miera
Been there. Done that. This book wasn't anything remarkable. Of course, I've been reading every book I can get my hands on about eating locally, sustainability and the like...
Delicious recipes mixed with great information about local organic farms around the U.S. providing fresh fruits and vegetables.
Twelve California farmers that are farming locally and organically share their reasons for making this their way of life.
Jun 14, 2009 Tricia added it
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Real folks working the land sharing their stories. Helps the reader understand the passion to farm. Great recipes shared by the farmers. good read!
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