The eating local trend forges on; latest findings from the editors at the New Oxford American Dictionary claim that the word of the year for 2007 is "locavore."
Although it can be tough to eat local throughout the year for many of us here in the U.S., we can at least appreciate those chefs and food writers that bring us their behind the scenes insights and commentary about foods we might deem exotic but are local to other countries and cuisines. Getting back to basics by concentrating on eating traditional fruit and vegetables is another strong theme for suggested locavore reading this season.
In The Year of Eating Dangerously: A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes, Tom Parker-Bowles takes us on his year-long thrill-seeking odyssey in search of the world's most unusual and sometimes dangerous foods; eating such local favorites as insects and poison blowfish, all discussed with courage and good humor.
Noted locavore and food writer Michael Pollan brings us In Defense of Food: An Eater"s Manifesto, a book that gets into the importance of eating real food like fruits and vegetables. He also gets into the reasons why people have become so confused about their dietary choices.
Hit the rode with culinary globe trotter Anthony Bourdain, as he continues his eating quest in No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach, traveling from New Jersey to New Zealand while offering commentary on food from every corner of the world.
Alice Waters of Chez Panisse and Slow Food Movement fame brings us The Art of Simple Food: Notes and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution. Furthering her three decade endeavor to get all to eat locally and sustainably, the book is essentially about getting back to basics with tips on using more traditional cooking utensils with a focus on everyday recipes that use pure, clean and as many local ingredients as possible.
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