Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should be Good, Clean, and Fair - Carlo PetriniNew York: Rizzoli, 2007, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Faint stain to the top panel, a decent copy otherwise.
Signed by the author, without dedication, on the title page without provenance. Includes: Appendix;
From the cover: I am a gastronome. No, not the glutton with no sense of restraint whose enjoyment of food is greater the more plentiful and forbidden it is. No, not the fool who is given to the pleasures of the table and indifferent to how the food got there. I like to know the history of a food and of the place that it comes from; I like to imagine the hands of the people who grew it, transported it, processed it, and cooked it before it was served to me. I do not want the food I consume to deprive others in the world of food. I like traditional farmers, the relationship they have with the earth, and the way they appreciate what is good. The good belongs to everyone; pleasure belongs to everyone, for it is in human nature.
In Slow Food Nation, Carlo Petrini describes a plan for how we can take back control of our food. The central three principles are these: Food must be good (healthful and delicious), it must be clean (produced sustainably in ways that are sensitive to the environment), and it must be fair (produced with respect for social justice).
Petrini sets out new courses for fixing the food system and devises a vocabulary that supplies fresh perspective. Schools should teach gastronomy the science of all knowledge revolving around food. Instead of consumers, today we should become co-producers, active participants in the communities that link us to those who produce our food. He suggests a dialogue between realms between the modern industrial complex and traditional agrarian methods and culture.
In his travels around the world, Petrini has witnessed first-hand the many ways different peoples have dealt with food issues both disastrously and successfully. He relates these stories throughout the book so that these real struggles can point toward solutions for the future.
Ultimately, Slow Food Nation offers hope. It lays a foundation upon which we can build a new system and a new world where food can reconnect us not just to the earth but also to each other.