Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Thinking About Slow Food...

One of my favorite places for growing herbs. It is protected from the wind by the side of the house and faces south. Herbs love it here. This is my very favorite rosemary plant that I have been able to winter through one year. I'll have to see about this year... I have it covered and protected as much as possible.

It's time to get serious about ordering seeds. This year I would like to try my hand at some heirloom varieties. There are many excellent blogs to peruse on the subject of seeds. In the meantime, I become more and more interested in Slow Food. The first time I heard this term I could not understand what it meant, (I thought it was food that takes a long time to cook?) and I still don't have a real hold on it, but am beginning to think that it has a lot to do with what I have already been doing.

I have always cooked a lot from "scratch" and with lots of fresh foods. I try to eat as few processed foods as possible but I'm afraid if truth be told I still have a ways to go. I'm not an "activist" but do try to live my life in a responsible way, thinking of the environment and my impact on the earth. Again, I have a long way to go here too, especially when I read what others are doing. Boy, do I feel guilty sometimes. However, the best I can do is to be me and do as much as I can in my own small ways. One thing that I'm proud of is that I changed to using biodegradable kitty litter instead of the heavy old clay stuff. Anyway, getting back to my point... thanks to a book about Alice Waters and Chez Panisse Restaurant, I found the Slow Food USA site. I especially was drawn to this way of thinking:

"Slow Food is also simply about taking the time to slow down and to enjoy life with family and friends. Every day can be enriched by doing something slow - making pasta from scratch one night, seductively squeezing your own orange juice from the fresh fruit, lingering over a glass of wine and a slice of cheese...") particularly the part about lingering over a glass of wine, and how I do love cheese! All this has made me excited to choose which veggies I will plant this year.

As to the book about Alice Waters, I found it VERY enjoyable reading, and quite interesting about her life and restaurant. It did, however, make me exhausted just reading about all she does and continues to do. Not to be funny, but she does have a LOT on her plate (all good, slow food, of course). She has inspired me. I plan to read her new book about simple, Slow Food and how to live that way of life. Hopefully something will rub off on me! For anyone who enjoys reading about food and interesting people I highly recommend this book.


Katie said...

Hi Bev,

Thanks for the book review. After reading Michael Pollan's books, The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, I too am trying to enjoy "real" food more and stay away from items that aren't really food. This book looks like a great intro to the slow food movement!

Glad you're rosemary is making it through the winter. (It grows like a weed here in Northern California! But I shall think of you whenever I cut back the one planted in my south-facing front bed, knowing you have one just like it in Colorado). :0)

Katie at GardenPunks

Annie in Austin said...

This slow food thing is kind of funny, Bev - my husband and I started out that way 40+ years ago and kept doing it...sometimes we're on the cutting edge and sometimes people think we're nuts.

I hope your rosemary makes it!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Anonymous said...

I read these posts with interest and wanted to give you a little tip if you're in Europe. This site www.theplaceswelike.com has great recommendations in different european cities for food related places. They follow a similar 'slow' approach to the quality and nature of what we eat.

I have adopted some of the London places as my own..

Bev said...

My thanks to all of you for taking the time to view and comment on my blog. I appreciate your interest. I'm with you Annie, I've really been doing it for a long time but didn't put a name to it! Wow, how I would love to have rosemary growing like a weed! And I doubt that I will ever get to any of those restaurants in Europe... sigh!!