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The Slow Food Story: Politics and Pleasure

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The Slow Food movement was established in Italy as a response to the dominance of fast food chains, supermarkets, and large-scale agribusiness. Defending "the universal right to pleasure," it promotes food production and consumption based on "good, clean, and fair" local products. In twenty years Slow Food has grown into an international organisation with more than 80,000 ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published July 7th 2008 by Mcgill-Queens University Press
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Good, clean and fair. That's the motto of this movement. This book is more about the politics of this movement than a philosophical treatise.
The politics are interesting as they come from the far left in Italian politics. Originally from the counter cultural left it has turned into a parrallel movement. It is not against globalisation but rather for a human centered, enviroment centered localised form. It views the breakdown between producers of food and consumers of food as a dualism that that
Amanda Banks
Continuing my interest in learning about food, I picked this up to learn more about the 'slow food' philosophy. It's kind of like avoiding chain stores for consumer products: slow food is lovingly produced by skilled artisans making fair wages, is geographically/culturally specific (so a cheese would be different in every town, as a product of that particular place/culture), and uses sustainable, environmentally friendly methods. The philosophy promotes "good, clean and fair" food. I find this i ...more
A history of the slow food movement. Quick, and easily digestible (the book, not the movement.) Again, I read this one for class, and probably would not have picked it up for pleasure. It did provide me with a solid background on an important topic, though.
Honestly, it got rather boring. I suppose I just went to this book wanting something that it wasn't. I wanted to hear more about the philosophy in the history of the movement and not just the details of the people etc. Somehow this book is all about the movement and the growth of the organization without really giving more of a full picture of the philosophy that founded it.
I found the book became incredibly repetitive and didn't provide any content directly from the producers and consumers of Slow Food which is what I wanted to read about.
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