America's Food Traditions is a beautifully illustrated
dramatic call to recognize, celebrate, and conserve the great diversity
of foods that gives North America its distinctive culinary identity
that reflects our multicultural heritage. It offers us rich natural and
cultural histories as well as recipes and folk traditions associated
with the rarest food plants and animals in North America. In doing so,
it reminds us that what we choose to eat can either conserve or deplete
the cornucopia of our continent.
This book offers the first-ever list of foods at risk in America (more
than a thousand), shows how all of us can personally support and
participate in such recoveries, and lists food festivals held across
the continent to honor and enjoy some of the country's most iconic
foods, from crab cakes to maple syrup and filé gumbo.
Organized by "food nations" named for the ecological and cultural
keystone foods of each region--Salmon Nation, Bison Nation, Chile
Pepper Nation, among others--this book offers an altogether fresh
perspective on the culinary traditions of North America.
and Savoring the Continent's Most Endangered Foods
Gary Paul Nabhan
Chelsea Green Publishing,