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
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Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods

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.

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)

Table of Contents

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

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