Issues and More Info

Slow Food is a movement out to change the way we think about food, agriculture, the land, and even (depending on who you talk to), life. It is about celebrating traditional lifeways and embracing the newest advances in sustainable design and technology, about taking pleasure in life’s most simple moments and about transforming life as we now know it. Slow Food Oberlin has no long term projects yet, but we are open to being a stage for any kind of project that you wish to tackle in regards to our local food system.

The list of links to the right is a good starting place for learning more about what Slow Food is and about some of the issues confronting the food system. Below are some books and documentaries which are at least somewhat related to what Slow Food is trying to do. Leave your own suggestions in the comment section below!


Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Perennial, 2008

Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, Michael Pollan, Random House, 2002

Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood, Taras Grescoe, Bloomsburg USA, 2008

Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food, Wendell Berry, Counterpoint Press, 2009

Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty, Mark Winne, Beacon Press, 2008

Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Food, Gary Nabhan, W. W. Norton & Company, 2002

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, William McDonough & Michael Braungart, North Point Press, 2002

A Cook’s Journey: Slow Food in the Heartland, Kurt Michael Friese, Ice Cube Press, 2008

Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket, Brian Halweil, W.W. Norton and Company, 2004

Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer, Novella Carpenter, Penguin Press, 2009

Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser, Harper Perennial, 2005

Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, Marion Nestle, University of California Press, 2002

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, Michael Pollan, Penguin (Non-Classic), 2009

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, Peter Menzel and Faith D’Alusio, Material World, 2007

Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America’s Farmers’ Markets, Deborah Madison, Broadway, 2008

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan, Penguin, 2006

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, Harold McGee, Scribner, 2004

The Pleasures of Slow Food: Celebrating Authentic Traditions, Flavors, and Recipes, Corby Kummer, Chronicle Books, 2008

Renewing America’s Food Traditions: Saving and Savoring the Continent’s Most Endangered Foods, edited by Gary Nabhan, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2008

Slow Food: A Case for Taste, Carlo Petrini, Columbia University Press, 2004

Slow Food: Collected Thoughts on Taste, Tradition, and the Honest Pleasures of Food, Carlo Petrini, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2001

The United States of Arugula: The Sun-Dried, Cold-Pressed, Dark-Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution, David Kamp, Broadway Books, 2006


Food Inc – A raw look at our industrial food system and its effects on our society

King Corn and Big River – follows the path of industrial corn production and its impacts on the American agricultural system

The Botany of Desire– based on Michael Pollan’s book

Future of Food – looks at the relationship between government and big agriculture, especially GMOs

Fresh – features the problems of today’s system and some of the people working on the solutions

Lunch Line or Two Angry Moms- focuses on school lunch reform

Eating Alaska – trying to eat local in Alaska

Grown in Detroit – a girl’s alternative school shows how urban agriculture can be a solution to many problems


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