Locavore Adventures

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Locavore Adventures

One Chef's Slow Food Journey

By Jim Weaver; Carlo Petrini (Foreword by)

Rivergate Books, Paperback, 9780813551708, 240pp.

Publication Date: February 15, 2012


America's fast food culture reflects not only "what "we eat foods that are processed and packaged for convenience but also "how "we eat munching as we multitask and not really tasting the super-sized meals we ingest. But in recent years, a more thoughtful philosophy about food has emerged. Developed in Italy, where fresh ingredients and artisanal techniques are prized, the Slow Food movement has rapidly gained a following in North America. The skeptics among us might wonder if it is possible truly to enjoy a Slow Food lifestyle one based around local, seasonal ingredients in our fast-paced world.

In "Locavore Adventure"s, acclaimed New Jersey chef and restaurateur Jim Weaver shares his personal story of how he came to solve this problem building a local slow food culture that is ecologically responsible and also yields delicious results. Weaver tells of his odyssey founding the Central New Jersey chapter of Slow Food, connecting local farmers, food producers, and chefs with the public to forge communities that value the region's unique bounty. More than forty recipes throughout the book, from Hot Smoked Brook Trout with Asparagus Puree and Pickled Cippollini Onions to Zuppa di Mozzarella, will inspire readers to be creative in their own kitchens. "Locavore Adventures" is a thoughtful memoir about growing a sustainable food culture and a guide to slowing down, savoring locally grown food, and celebrating life.

About the Author
Weaver attended the University of Central Florida and Rollins College where he studied management at the prestigious Crummer Graduate School of Business. He teaches supervision, management, and public safety courses at both alma maters as well as numerous other colleges and universities. He served with the Orlando Police Department in Orlando for 25 years, retiring at the rank of Deputy Chief of Police. He is presently on staff at the Criminal Justice Institute at Valencia Community College.

Carlo Petrini, born in the small northern Italian town of Bra in 1949, is the founder and international president of the Slow Food movement, committed to the promotion of "good, clean and fair food." The author of several books, he contributes regularly to Italian dailies and magazines on matters related to gastronomy and food politics. To write Terra Madre, he collaborated closely with Carlo Bogliotti, an editor of the Slowfood magazine and governor of the Slow Food Italy association.