28 March 2009

Author Ann Vileisis: "Food Has Stories"

Posted by John Freeland

Ann’ book, Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back is available at Amazon. What intrigues me is the idea that “food has stories.” That means food is not just about plants and animals raised for consumption, but also about people, places, motives, risk, success, failure, redemption, and (hopefully) new lessons and insight.

Ann’s other book, linked in the sidebar, is Discovering the Unknown Landscape: A History Of America’s Wetlands. It is about America’s long, often troubled relationship with wetlands. Again, the the history consists of many rich and complex stories.