Jim Hightower has written an inspiring and positive call-to-arms called The Upchuck Rebellion. This article gives voice to the hope I have been feeling as I notice the social trend toward organic food, buying local, and supporting sustainable agriculture through the Slow Food movement. I hope you will read it, and share the link on your blog or in your emails.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending a lecture and book signing with author Frances Mayes, promoting her new book A Year In The World; Journeys of a Passionate Traveller. The local library was packed for the event, even on a rainy night, and they had to bring out extra chairs for the crowd. Frances' famous book Under The Tuscan Sun and its sequels celebrated that region of Italy and its glorious food traditions. Her new book is also a travel memoir, detailing her travels in the Mediterranean where she and her husband Ed rented homes and learned to cook the food and shop the local markets of some dozen places including Spain, Greece, Crete, Morocco, and Turkey.
One of the highlights was her reading of a chapter in which a woman of Fez, an ancient city, cooked a dish called a tagine. With the soul and talent of a poet, Frances Mayes made us all feel that we were there on the sun-baked roof tops, inihaling the aromas at the spice shop, and navigating the crowded streets dodging potholes and donkeys. Throughout her book, food figures prominently as an introduction to local life. I can't wait to read more.
Meanwhile, I am typing this on my new iMac computer. I won't bore you with the technical details, but I was able to rescue the data off my old hard drive, (including some photos for a few Rookie Cookery entries I was planning), and soon I should be back up to speed here in cyberspace.