Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back
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About the Author
Ann Vileisis is a writer and historian. She is the author of Discovering the Unknown Landscape: A History of America's Wetlands (Island Press, 1997), which won prestigious awards from the American Historical Association and the American Society for Environmental History. An avid gardener and cook, she lives on the Oregon coast.
"This book...gave me encouragement to keep on doing what I can to make our food world a happier, wiser, more truly sustainable one."--Deborah Madison "Real Simple "
"Kitchen Literacy goes to the heart of our disconnection from one of the most vital and intimate aspects of our lives--how we feed ourselves and our families. Accessible, entertaining, and enlightening, Ann Vileisis's new book has given us the historical context to understand what we have lost and how to bring food back to where it belongs--at the center of our families and communities."--Michael Ableman "farmer and author of Fields of Plenty "
"[Kitchen Literacy by Ann Vileisis] performs a valuable service in reminding readers that we were not always so clueless when it came to making food choices."--The Washington Post
"Vileisis's well-researched treatise will give those interested in local and organic foods, food processing and American culinary culture plenty to chew on..."--Publishers Weekly
"Kitchen Literacy provides a cautionary tale of how we got so far off the eaten path in the first place."--eatingwell.org
"Kitchen Literacy brings home just how essential it is for eaters to cultivate knowledge of their food."--American Scientist
"Vileisis gathers it all in one place, weaving a clear, easy-to-read tapestry whose meaning is plain by the end of the book: you are what you eat, so think about what you've been eating... This important and eye-opening book uncovers the machinery behind the modern food industry..."--Library Journal
"A 'must-read' for modern-day consumers in the post-family farm era."--Midwest Book Review