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Delayed Book Thoughts December 3, 2007

Posted by KG in Books, Food.

While tossing some arugula into a tupperware this morning (lunch), I realized that I hadn’t commented on one of the better books I’ve read recently, The United States of Arugula.  Unfortunately, it’s been about a month since I finished it and though I had some well-developed thoughts put together, my lack of follow-through means I’ve lost most of them.

What I remember: this whole local-regional-fresh-organic approach to American food is old news.  Locally sourced, seasonal ingredients have been popular with food-types  since M.F.K. Fisher, and before her time — pre-WWII — it wasn’t the preferred way to eat, it was the only way.   It’s interesting to see that as the idea of thinking about food as more than simple fuel has spread to common consciousness, a rusty old idea has been polished to look new. 



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