Coming Home to Eat
Coming Home to Eat
The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods
W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393323740, 336pp.
Publication Date: November 17, 2002
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Issuing a "profound and engaging...passionate call to us to re-think our food industry" (Jim Harrison, author of "The Raw and the Cooked"), Gary Paul Nabhan reminds us that eating close to home is not just a matter of convenience it is an act of deep cultural and environmental significance. Embodying "a perspective...at once ecological, economic, humanistic, and spiritual" ("Los Angeles Times"), Nabhan has dedicated his life to raising awareness about food as an avid gardener, as an ethnobotanist preserving seed diversity, and as an activist devoted to recovering native food traditions in the Southwest. This "inspired and eloquently detailed account" (Rick Bayless, Chefs Collaborative) tells of his year-long mission to eat only foods grown, fished, or gathered within two hundred miles of his home. "A good book for gardeners to read this winter" ("The New York Times"), Nabhan's work "weav es] together the traditions of Thoreau and M. F. K. Fisher in] a soul food treatise for our time" (Peter Hoffman, Chefs Collaborative).
About the Author
Gary Nabhan is the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona, as well as the permaculture designer and orchard-keeper of Almuniya de los Zopilotes Experimental Farm in Patagonia, Arizona. Widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the local-food movement and grassroots seed conservation, Nabhan was honored by Utne Reader in 2011 as one of twelve people making the world a better place to live. A recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award, his twenty-four books have been translated into six languages.