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Slow Food: The Case for Taste

by Carlo Petrini Foreword by Alice Waters Translated by William McCuaig Columbia University Press
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Hbk 176 pages
AU$102.00 NZ$106.09
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Slow Food is poised to revolutionize the way Americans shop for groceries, prepare and consume their meals, and think about food. The book not only recalls the origins, first steps, and international expansion of the movement from the perspective of its founder, it is also a powerful expression of the organization's goal of engendering social reform through the transformation of our attitudes about food and eating. As Newsweek described it, the Slow Food movement has now become the basis for an alternative to the American rat race, the inspiration for 'a kinder and gentler capitalism.'

The Slow Food Manifesto
Part 1: Appetite and Thought
The Origins
From "New Epicures'' to Ecological Gastronomes
An International Movement of Good Taste
Pleasure Denied, Pleasure Rediscovered
McDonald's Versus Slow Food
Part 2: In the Beginning, the Territory
Cultivating Diversity
At the Center, the Producer
The Rebirth of the Osteria
The Difficult Voyage
The Salone del Gusto
Part 3. Educating and Learning
The Praise of the Senses and the Paradox of Taste
In the Schools
From the Workshops to the Master of Food
The University
Part 4: The Noah Principle
Scenes from a Flood
The Ark and the Presidia
Quality, the Law, and Biotech
The Slow Food Award for the Defense of Biodiversity
Without Nostalgia: Acknowledgments
Part 5: Appendices
The Slow Food Italian Presidia
The Slow Food International Presidia
Slow Food Award Winners
A Chronology of Arcigola Slow Food

"Petrini--an Italian whose charming prose ripples with gustatory rapture and thrasonical outbursts--pleads with us to slow down"
Carlo Petrini is a food writer and the founder and president of the International Slow Food Movement. He lives in Bra, Italy. William McCuaig is a translator living in Toronto. Alice Waters is executive chef and owner of Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, CA.