Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Food

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jul 6, 2009 - Cooking - 336 pages
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“The first manifesto of the local food movement, and it remains one of the best—eloquent, bracing, and full of vital information.” —Michael Pollan

In the tradition of M. F. K. Fisher and Henry David Thoreau, Gary Paul Nabhan relates how his experience with food permeates his life as an avid gardener and forager, as an ethnobotanist and farmland conservation advocate, and as an activist devoted to recovering place-based heritage foods. Nabhan spent a year trying to eat only foods grown, fished, or gathered within 220 miles of his home—with surprising results.

Already considered a landmark in the locavore movement, Coming Home to Eat “makes us understand how finding and eating local foods connects us deeply and sensually with where we are [and] why the everyday choices we make about food are the most important choices we make” (Alice Waters, chef/owner of Chez Panisse).

 

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User Review  - jarvenpa - LibraryThing

A thought provoking book indeed. Disclaimer, I'm a vegetarian, so the sequences about slaughter of nicely raised critters just provoked in my mind "really, you don't need to do that!". But fascinating ... Read full review

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

The author tells a good story, bringing the characters to life, as he describes his year of eating locally. He would eat nothing for a year but that which was grown in his own locality - a difficult ... Read full review

Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
13
The Cruelest Months
31
Saguaro Fruit and Cactus Icons
103
Mesquite Tortillas and Duck Eggs
118
Tomato Hornworms and Summer Storms
133
Scouting for Wild Greens and Chiles
139
Seed Saving and Foraging in the Heartland
151
The Frontera Grill and the Frontiers of Technology
165
Sea Turtle Soup and ByCatch Stew
216
The Nomads Movable Feast and the Taste
224
Hunting Mushrooms and Grilling Salmon
238
Feasting with the Dead
244
The Reflective Months
255
The WTO in Seattle and the Spirit of St Louis
262
Hunting Quail and Stalking Scavengers
275
Mexicos Breadbasket of Toxins and Migrants
281

From Toxic Cornfields to Rattlesnake Roadkills
172
The Headwaters and the Foodshed
191
The Fertile Valleys and Their Wild Varmints
208
The Desert Walk for Heritage and Health
289
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About the author (2009)

Gary Paul Nabhan, a prize-winning essayist and agricultural ecologist, serves as a Distinguished Research Scientist with the Southwest Center at the University of Arizona. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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