Terra Madre: Forging a New Global Network of Sustainable Food Communities by Carlo Petrini
The idea and noble cause of the book deserves praise, but the book itself does not. As you probably already know, I am a huge supporter of local and organic foods as well as encouraging others to grow and raise their own food. Being an Eco-Farmer, I care for organic happy livestock as well as growing a lot of my own food. Normally books like this are right up my alley. Not so with this one. I have had the book for two months now and it just shouldn't take that long to read something so tiny. It is boring. Utterly mind numbingly boring. It's really too bad. If the author could have written this in a more engaging way, I think it would have caught more attention. The more attention paid to supporting slow food, local food, and organic food - the better.
I don't want to say not to get this book, but on the other hand, I really can't say you should get it either. There are many other green movement books available that are much better and as a result, very popular. Michael Pollan being one of them as well as Barbara Kingsolver. Just searching for their books, will lead you to many other similar types of books. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser is a long time favorite of mine. If you haven't yet had the opportunity to read it, I strongly suggest you give it a try. It is not about slow food. It's about fast food. But reading it will most likely make you want to eat slow food and appreciate it's value.
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