The Taste of Place (Paperback)

A Cultural Journey into Terroir (California Studies in Food and Culture #20)

By Amy B. Trubek

University of California Press, 9780520261723, 318pp.

Publication Date: August 17, 2009

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How and why do we think about food, taste it, and cook it? While much has been written about the concept of terroir as it relates to wine, in this vibrant, personal book, Amy Trubek, a pioneering voice in the new culinary revolution, expands the concept of terroir beyond wine and into cuisine and culture more broadly. Bringing together lively stories of people farming, cooking, and eating, she focuses on a series of examples ranging from shagbark hickory nuts in Wisconsin and maple syrup in Vermont to wines from northern California. She explains how the complex concepts of terroir and goût de terroir are instrumental to France's food and wine culture and then explores the multifaceted connections between taste and place in both cuisine and agriculture in the United States. How can we reclaim the taste of place, and what can it mean for us in a country where, on average, any food has traveled at least fifteen hundred miles from farm to table? Written for anyone interested in food, this book shows how the taste of place matters now, and how it can mediate between our local desires and our global reality to define and challenge American food practices.

About the Author

Amy B. Trubek is Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont and previously taught at New England Culinary Institute. She is the author of Haute Cuisine: How the French Invented the Culinary Profession and of numerous articles that have appeared in The Boston Globe, Gastronomica, and other publications.

Praise For The Taste of Place: A Cultural Journey into Terroir (California Studies in Food and Culture #20)

“A collection of eclectic information that satisfies, at least temporarily, the most inquisitive and academic of gourmands.”

— The Wine News

“Blends . . . history, economics, and other scholarly disciplines with engaging stories of Americans who are trying to recreate or retain local flavors.”

— Philadelphia Inquirer

“A must-read for anyone interested in the future of domestic culinary taste.”

— Imbibe Magazine