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The Ark of Taste: Delicious and Distinctive Foods that Define the United States

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by Giselle Kennedy Lord and David S. Shields
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Written under the auspices of Slow Food USA, The Ark of Taste highlights more than seventy ingredients which represent the best of local American foods. In the face of homogenized supermarket offerings, it’s a tribute to the best of local fields and fisheries.

Whatever you think you know about varieties of American produce, you’re likely to be surprised, perhaps even by something that’s cultivated just a few miles away (Hello, Long Island Cheese Pumpkin!). Authors Giselle Lord and David S. Shields are both specialists in regional food history who have broadened their scope to tell us about pink champagne currants and the Jimmy Nardello frying pepper, American Guinea hogs and Kiawe honey.

The histories of many of these ingredients emphasize just how mobile and adaptable plants and animals are, becoming something new in order to thrive in a new place. Together with profiles of growers, and an occasional recipe, Lord and Shields paint an exciting picture of abundance and diversity that should be encouraged to thrive.

Hardcover. Color illustrations throughout.

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