The Slow Food movement was created in 1989 in response to a McDonald’s restaurant being opened in Rome, Italy adjacent to the Spanish Steps. Protesters showed up with bowls of pasta, chanting “We don’t want fast food… we want slow food!” Today, Slow Food has over 150,000 members and is active in more than 150 countries, including national associations in Italy, the U.S., Germany and Japan. There are more than 170 chapters and 2,000 food communities in the United States alone!
Local foodies will be delighted to know that Slow Food Nations is gathering leaders and eaters, farmers and chefs, educators and families for a weekend of tastings, tours and talks July 13-15, here in Denver. For three days, Larimer Square will become the center of the North American slow food universe. Of course, the library has what you need to become part of the Slow Food movement!
Slow Food: the Case for Taste is one of first titles which explored slow food, recalling the origins, first steps, and international expansion of the movement from the perspective of its founder. It also includes discussion of the organization's goal of engendering social reform through the transformation of attitudes about food and eating.
Food & Freedom: How the Slow Food Movement is Changing the World Through Gastronomy is also by one of the Slow Food movements founders, Carlo Petrini. A hedonist’s guide to feasts and food fellowship, the author also takes real delight in political argument as befitting an Italian familiar with European ideologies. Political activists both young and old might find this useful reading.
Run Fast, Eat Slow: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes is a cookbook for runners which shows how fat is essential for flavor and performance and that counting calories, obsessing over protein, and restrictive dieting does more harm than good. Packed with more than 100 recipes for every part of your day, mind-blowing nutritional wisdom, and inspiring stories from two fitness-crazed women that became fast friends.
Not only athletes can benefit from slow foods! If you’ve been looking for a different way to trim down, give The Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy, and Weight Loss by Marc David a look. This is an engaging, practical, step-by-step book about how good nutrition is way more than the food we eat. It details how thoughts, feelings, stress, relaxation, pleasure, awareness, our personal story and so much more literally and scientifically impact how the body digests, assimilates, and burns calories.
Ready to up your food activist game? No One Eats Alone: Food as a Social Enterprise is by Michael S. Carolan, a professor of sociology at Colorado State University. This title takes on no less a subject than the human connections that undergird the global food system.While it doesn’t completely negate the individual’s responsibility regarding food, Carolan’s book emphasizes that packaging, marketing, economy, and a sea change in way of life are critical factors in the reason that people make poor diet choices.
Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution traces the journey of NASA atmospheric scientist Peter Kalmus to cut his fossil fuel use to 1/10th of the average American, all while boosting his happiness and raising a family in a typical California suburb. Kalmus reveals how he stopped trying to convert climate change deniers with facts, and instead embarked upon a mission to become the change he wanted to see in the world, including growing and preparing his own food. This is also available in DVD format through Prospector Interlibrary Loan.