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Book Group: Food and Freedom, Liberated Gastronomy, by Carlo Petrini
February 4, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
The Slow Food Russian River Book Group will be reading Food and Freedom, Liberated Gastronomy and Liberating Diversity.
This is part I (pp. 1-72) and II (pp. 173–127) of the book Food & Freedom (Cibo e libertà). How the Slow Food Movement Is Changing the World through Gastronomy, by Carlo Petrini, Translated by John Irving (Rizzoli, New York, 2015).
Carlo Petrini is the author of Slow Food Nation and the founder of the Slow Food organization, which counts 100,000 members in 150 countries. Petrini was named a “Champion of the Earth” by the United Nations. and received the Sicco Mansholt Price for Slow Food’s contribution to sustainable agriculture. Sicco Mansholt was a farmer, a member of the Dutch resistance during the Second World War, a national politician and the first European Commissioner responsible for Agriculture.
To RSVP write the Book Group at Slow Food Russian River Book Group <firstname.lastname@example.org>. The book group is open to anyone who can read, loves cooking a dish, and likes a good conversation. You don’t need to be a member, although – of course – we hope that with time you will become one. Location in Sebastopol with RSVP.
The Book Group meets the first Thursday of the month, 7 – 9pm. It’s a convivial dinner. Please bring a dish for four and a beverage.
Inspiring the global fight to revolutionize the way food is grown, distributed, and eaten. In the almost thirty years since Carlo Petrini began the Slow Food organization, he has been constantly engaged in the fight for food justice. Beginning first in his native Italy and then expanding all over the world, the movement has created a powerful force for change.
The essential argument of this book is that food is an avenue towards freedom. This uplifting and humanistic message is straightforward: if people can feed themselves, they can be free. In other words, if people can regain control over access to their food—how it is produced, by whom, and how it is distributed—then that can lead to a greater empowerment in all channels of life. Whether in the Amazon jungle talking with tribal elders or on rice paddies in rural Indonesia, the author engages the reader through the excitement of his journeys and the passion of his mission.
Here, Petrini reports upon some of the success stories that he has observed firsthand. From Chiapas to Puglia, Morocco to North Carolina, he has witnessed the many ways different peoples have dealt with food problems. This book allows us to learn from these case studies and lays out models for the future.
• Review by Rachel Jagareski, August 27, 2015, on Foreword Reviews.
• A Preview of Carlo Petrini’s Latest Book: Cibo e libertà (Food and Freedom), May. 21, 2014, by John Irving, Slow Food Editore and translator of the book, on the Slow Food USA blog.
• Reviewed by Gretchen Wagner for San Francisco Book Review.
• Featured as one of 10 new books that celebrate the beauty of freedom now, on Beautiful Now.