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The author of the book: Preeti Simran Sethi
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Date of issue: November 10th 2015
ISBN 13: 9781504645164
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Award-winning journalist Simran Sethi explores the history and cultural importance of our most beloved tastes, paying homage to the ingredients that give us daily pleasure, while providing a thoughtful wake-up call to the homogenization that is threatening the diversity of our food supply.Food is one of the greatest pleasures of human life. Our response to sweet, salty, bitter, or sour is deeply personal, combining our individual biological characteristics, personal preferences, and emotional connections. Bread, Wine, Chocolate illuminates not only what it means to recognize the importance of the foods we love, but also what it means to lose them. Award-winning journalist Simran Sethi reveals how the foods we enjoy are endangered by genetic erosion-a slow and steady loss of diversity in what we grow and eat. In America today, food often looks and tastes the same, whether at a San Francisco farmers market or at a Midwestern potluck. Shockingly, 95% of the world's calories now come from only thirty species. Though supermarkets seem to be stocked with endless options, the differences between products are superficial, primarily in flavor and brand.Sethi draws on interviews with scientists, farmers, chefs, vintners, beer brewers, coffee roasters and others with firsthand knowledge of our food to reveal the multiple and interconnected reasons for this loss, and its consequences for our health, traditions, and culture. She travels to Ethiopian coffee forests, British yeast culture labs, and Ecuadoran cocoa plantations collecting fascinating stories that will inspire readers to eat more consciously and purposefully, better understand familiar and new foods, and learn what it takes to save the tastes that connect us with the world around us.
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Read information about the authorSimran Sethi is a journalist and educator focused on food, sustainability and social change. She is the host, writer and creator of The Slow Melt , a podcast about chocolate. Named the environmental “messenger” by Vanity Fair and designated one of the top eight women saving the planet by Marie Claire, Simran is the author of the award-winning book Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, about the story of changes in food and agriculture told through bread, wine, chocolate, coffee and beer. The text was named one of the best food books of 2016 by Smithsonian. She is an associate at the University of Melbourne’s Sustainable Society Institute in Australia and a recent visiting scholar at the Cocoa Research Centre in St. Augustine, Trinidad.
Simran is the contributing author of Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy. She has also contributed entries to the following anthologies: Thirty-Year Plan, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Communication, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues and Global Chorus: 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet. Her work has appeared in publications including Smithsonian, The Wall Street Journal, NPR’s The Salt, The Washington Post, The Guardian, VICE Munchies, Lucky Peach, Guernica, The Dallas Morning News and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Additional information can be found at www.simransethi.com and at www.theslowmelt.com.
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