In Slow Food Nation, Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini describes how we can take back control of our food by outlining three central principles that are the focus of the Manifesto of Quality that was announced at the 2006 Salone del Gusto: food must be good (healthful and delicious); it must be clean (produced sustainably in ways that respect the environment), and it must be fair (produced with respect for social justice). Petrini also advocates for teaching gastronomy in our schools so children understand where their food comes from and can learn to make informed choices about what they buy and what they eat.
Instead of consumers, Petrini persuasively proposes that we should become co-producers, active participants in the production of our food. As the Manifesto states, “everyone can contribute to Good, Clean and Fair quality through their choices and individual behavior.”
With publication of Slow Food Nation, Carlo Petrini also launches a year-long campaign that will culminate in Slow Food Nation in San Francisco in May 2008. Slow Food Nation’s mission is to change America’s consciousness of how food is produced and distributed. A four-day eco-gastronomic gathering that will feature tastings, demonstrations, lectures, an international film festival, and a market of artisanal American foods, Slow Food Nation promises to be an important, exciting, and provocative event.
“A worthy successor to Brillat-Savarin, Carlo Petrini has reinvented the idea of gastronomy for the twenty-first century. An important book.”
– Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore’s Dilemma
“Carlo Petrini is one of the most important thinkers of our time, not only about what to eat, but also about how to live. This book is essential reading for anyone who cares about social justice, the environment, and the fundamentals of a good meal.”
– Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation
“This is the argument I have been waiting for-—an irrefutable demonstration that making the right decision about food can change the world.”
– Alice Waters, from the foreword
Slow Food Nation is now available; click on the image above, or visit your local bookstore.