Today I picked up the bookThe Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food from the library. I have had it on reserve for a while now and have just been waiting anxiously for it to arrive. Now all I want to do is dig right in and devour all it has to offer! Food books have become a bit of an obsession. I am empowering myself with information. In every book, I have found something. Some thought to latch on to that just makes this whole process of knowing more about the food that I eat more real.
“You and I don’t get to sprawl across the sofa masticating pork rinds and watching American Idol unless someone else is growing the food.
As long as the corporations keep their end of the bargain, it’s a pretty sweet deal, presuming one overlooks the pallid, depleted nature of the foodstuffs they’re providing. But it’s becoming increasingly obvious that they won’t be able to hold up their end of the bargain forever or, if recent events are any indication, even for much longer. This leaves us facing a rather daunting truth: The fact is that we need to rethink our entire food-supply chain for reasons of economic security, health security, and even social security. We need to reinvent how we grow and distribute food; we need to re-scale and decentralize.” – Ben Hewitt, The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food
I am on page 23 now and will keep you posted as I go along. Another book on my shelf right now is Alice Waters and Chez Panisse but I have not had the opportunity to jump into that one yet.
Dinner tonight? Ziti noodles with tomato sauce from Brad’s Produce, homemade meatballs with meat from Sunny Hill Farm, a garden salad with bibb lettuce from the Bel Air Farmer’s market. Oh and I made another batch of granola bars. Dig in!