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Food for Thought August 20, 2008

Slow Food means more than taking your time with dinner. The movement, founded in Italy in the 1980s, advocates for “principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice,” in food production. In practice, this often means supporting locally grown food that taps into regional ecologies and eating traditions.

Bay Area residents will get a chance to taste these principles in action at Slow Food Nation, a sprawling American food festival taking place in San Francisco over Labor Day weekend. The event includes dinners, tours, exhibits, lectures and a concert. Learning more about the Slow Food movement is free at the library. Try some of these books for a taste of the current debate over food production and policies.

Kitchen Literacy

Kitchen literacy: how we lost knowledge of where food comes from and why we need to get it back / Ann Vileisis. 641.5973 V

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The omnivore’s dilemma : a natural history of four meals / Michael Pollan. 394.12 P

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Fast food nation : the dark side of the all-American meal / Eric Schlosser

394.1097 S

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The Slow food guide to San Francisco and the Bay Area : restaurants, markets, bars / Sylvan Brackett, Sue Moore, and Wendy Downing, with Slow Food USA. 647.9579 S


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