Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods

Edible is an amazing book perfect for anyone who cares about delicious, safe, sustainable food.  If you want to fully appreciate the food community, no matter where you live, I encourage you to read Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods by Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian.

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Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods

Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods

From the Back Cover:

A gorgeous full color celebration on North America’s local food heroes and traditions, Edible is for anyone who cares about delicious, safe, sustainable food being cultivated and created every day by people in our own communities. The book offers engaging, inspiring profiles of farmers, artisans, chefs, and organizations that are making a difference, and shares eighty seasonal recipes that highlight the very best local foods across the country.

EdibleTitle: Edible (Amazon Link)
Subtitle: A Celebration of Local Foods
Authors: Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian
ISBN: 978-0470371084
Publisher: Wiley (April 19, 2010)
Pages: 336 pages (Hardcover)

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Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods Review

Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods is a compilation of the people and organizations that have played a major role in the local food movement.  It spans from one from coast to another and every region in between. There is a short forward and introduction that discusses the inspiration behind both the magazine and the book.  The authors break the country down into 6 sections and discuss each region in depth. Within this compilation of stories there are a ton of pictures that show some of the ‘food heroes’ hard at work.

A Look at Regional Foods

Each regional section begins with a short history lesson which I found extremely educational. I grew up in New England.  It was a well known joke that gardeners spent much of their time just digging up the rocks to make room for the plants. I never stopped to think about how all those rocks got there (glacial movement).  Or why we have so many lakes. It makes sense that this book dives into these topics.  To understand the types of food that will grow in a region, you have to first understand the climate and geology.

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Full of Personal Stories

Each chapter (region) highlights 7 or 8 farmers, chefs, organizations, or people and 2 to 3 pages are dedicated to the story of each one.  It is a very personal touch. As a result, you really start to gain insight into how and why they choose to do what they do.

Food is such an integral part of our lives.  However, few people stop to think about where their food comes from.  Nor how it got to their plates, who cooked it, or how it was grown. After reading Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods, you will (hopefully!) understand all of these things just a little bit better!

A Guide for Food Explorers

At the end of each chapter there is a page listing other people, places and things in that region that are worth mentioning. Because of this, I definitely think food explorers would love it for their next vacation planning session. Check out this section before you choose where to go. Try and enjoy some tasty regional food while you are gone!

The last 100 or so pages are dedicated to some wonderful recipes and full color pictures that will make your mouth water! I can’t wait until fall so I can try the Creamy Pumpkin Grits with Brown Butter!

I absolutely loved Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods and recommend it to anyone who wants to fully appreciate the food community, no matter where you live!

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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!

Want to fully appreciate the food community? Read the sustainable food book Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods by Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian.

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