Kitchen Literacy

Kitchen Literacy

How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need to Get It Back

Book - 2008
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Publisher: Washington : Island Press/Shearwater Books, c2008
ISBN: 9781597261449
Branch Call Number: 641.5973 Vil
Characteristics: 332 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Sep 18, 2015

Well researched, with lots of endnotes and directions for further reading on the topic. I loved the first few chapters about what it was like procuring food from the colonial to turn-of-the-19th-century eras; these chapters were not only interesting, but provided a detailed look inside the 19th century kitchen that I haven't seen before in books of this genre. The remaining chapters (covering roughly 1900 to the present) were well done, but the history of the industrial agriculture complex has already been covered by lots of other books (Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It, The End of Food, etc etc). Unlike the bright packaging of cereals at the supermarket, Vileisis' treatment of this time period did not jump out at the reader from the sea of others


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