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Read online Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods Issuing a profound and engaging passionate call to us to re think our food industry Jim Harrison author of em The Raw and the Cooked em 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 em Los Angeles Times em 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 em The New York Times em 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 by Gary Paul Nabhan

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Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods
Title:Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods
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Category:food, non-fiction, environment, politics, cooking, health
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Gathering the Desert, Renewing America's Food Traditions: Saving and Savoring the Continent's Most Endangered Foods, Songbirds, Truffles, and Wolves: An American Naturalist in Italy, The Desert Smells Like Rain: A Naturalist in Papago Indian Country, Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine, Cultures of Habitat: On Nature, Culture, and Story, The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places (Concord Library), Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods, Enduring Seeds: Native American Agriculture and Wild Plant Conservation, Why Some Like It Hot: Food, Genes, and Cultural Diversity
One day while studying population maps with a colleague at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Nabhan recognized a surprising correlation between upheavals in human communities and the incidence of endangered species Where massive in migrations and exoduses were taking place more plants and animals had become endangered Locations with stable human populations sustained native wildlife more easily over the long term This revelation prompted Nabhan to spend the next three years studying relationships among cultural diversity community stability and conservation of biological diversity in natural habitats He concentrated on cultures of habitat human communities with long histories of interacting with one particular kind of terrain and its wildlife Here the author of The Desert Smells Like Rain has combined the eye of an ethnobiologist with chronicles from the Far Outside that realm in which diverse natural habitats and indigenous cultures coexist The result is a mosaic of essays that celebrates th vital connections between soul and space, b To the untrained eye b a desert is a wasteland that defies civilization yet the desert has been home to native cultures for centuries and offers sustenance in its surprisingly wide range of plant life Gary Paul Nabhan has combed the desert in search of plants forgotten by all but a handful of American Indians and Mexican Americans In i Gathering the Desert i readers will discover that the bounty of the desert is much more than meets the eye whether found in the luscious fruit of the stately organpipe cactus or in the lowly tepary bean br br Nabhan has chosen a dozen of the more than edible wild species found in the Sonoran Desert to demonstrate just how bountiful the land can be From the red hot chiltepines of Mexico to the palms of Palm Springs each plant exemplifies a symbolic or ecological relationship which people of this region have had with plants through history Each chapter focuses on a particular plant and is accompanied by an original drawing by artist Paul Mirocha Word and picture together create a total impression of plants and people as the book traces the turn of seasons in the desert, From mountain shrines to lowland oases ethnobiologist Gary Nabhan takes us on a series of journeys with contemporary Papago Indians the Tohono O odham or Desert People From these journeys we discover how much the Desert People know about the dynamics of their arid homeland in Arizona and Sonora Mexico The i Desert Smells Like Rain i offers insights into the natural history of desert plants and animals as it documents a dying agricultural tradition that has enriched the biological diversity of the Papago s seemingly harsh environment Drawing on his extensive scientific research and study of Papago folklore as well as his years of work among the Desert People in village gardening and nutrition programs Nabhan portrays a desert adapted way of life that has persisted despite the pressures of modern civilization br, After two decades in the Southwest studying plant use and cultivation by the native hunter gatherers and first farmers of the New World Gary Nabhan one of America s finest naturalists and nature writers turns his attention to the Old World walking the Franciscan Way nearly two hundred miles from Florence to Assisi Accompanied by a friend Nabhan enters the heart of the Tuscan and Umbrian countryside in order to read the landscape as one reads a sacred book slowly and with growing delight He talks with peasant farmers truffle sellers cooks and bakers all eager to share their plants seeds cooking methods and cultural insights with the American pilgrims br br Saint Francis has come to be a model for what it means to be human in the natural world and Nabhan takes him as a guide This journey becomes a spiritual quest as well as an ethnobotanical field trip Together with Nabhan we discover what is useful in the old ways what remains wild in the civilized world and what in ancient science has survived to make its way into contemporary culture