Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods

Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods

by Gary Paul Nabhan
     
 

In our molecules and in our dreams, we really are what we eat. Eating close to home is not just a matter of convenience -- it is an act of deeply sensual, cultural, and environmental significance. Gary Paul Nabhan's experience with food permeates his life as a first-generation Lebanese American, as an avid gardener and subsistence hunter-gatherer, as an ethnobotanist… See more details below

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In our molecules and in our dreams, we really are what we eat. Eating close to home is not just a matter of convenience -- it is an act of deeply sensual, cultural, and environmental significance. Gary Paul Nabhan's experience with food permeates his life as a first-generation Lebanese American, as an avid gardener and subsistence hunter-gatherer, as an ethnobotanist preserving seed diversity, and as an activist devoted to recovering native food traditions to restore the health of Native Americans in the Southwest. To rediscover what it might mean to "know your foodshed," he spent a year trying to eat only foods grown, fished, or gathered within two hundred miles of his home -- with surprising results. In Coming Home to Eat, Nabhan draws these experiences together in a book that is a culmination of his life's work -- and a vibrant portrait of our essential human relation to the foods that truly nourish us, affirming our bonds to family, community, landscape, and season.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393020175
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments13
Introduction17
ISpring: The Cruelest Months
1Eating My Way through House and Homeland31
2Purging the Canned, Making Room for the Fresh42
3Coping with Death, and the Life Thereafter55
4Riding the Dunes and Finding the Ghosts67
5Dead Chemicals or Peaches Eaten Alive84
IISummer: The Fertile Months
6Saguaro Fruit and Cactus Icons103
7Mesquite Tortillas and Duck Eggs118
8Tomato Hornworms and Summer Storms133
9Scouting for Wild Greens and Chiles139
10Seed Saving and Foraging in the Heartland151
11The Frontera Grill and the Frontiers of Technology165
12From Toxic Cornfields to Rattlesnake Roadkills172
IIIAutumn: The Feasting Months
13The Headwaters and the Foodshed191
14The Fertile Valleys and Their Wild Varmints208
15Sea Turtle Soup and By-Catch Stew216
16The Nomad's Movable Feast and the Taste of Island Chicken224
17Hunting Mushrooms and Grilling Salmon238
18Feasting with the Dead244
IVWinter: The Reflective Months
19Of Vinegars Fermented and Memories Curdled255
20The WTO in Seattle, and the Spirit of St. Louis262
21Hunting Quail and Stalking Scavengers275
22Mexico's Breadbasket of Toxins and Migrants281
23The Desert Walk for Heritage and Health289
Epilogue: Cornucopia of Native Foods Eaten within the Sonoran Desert/Gulf of California Foodshed305
Further Reading307
Sustainable Food Organizations311
Index317

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