As most of us are going to spend our weekend indoors, Slow Food has come up with ideas for your slow weekend. There are plenty of books, movies, podcasts, online webinars that talk about food, our environment and the importance of having a good, clean and fair food system. Take this slow time to catch up on your reading, or to make your screen time more educational check out our top picks for this weekend.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
Ten years ago, Michael Pollan confronted us with this seemingly simple question “WHAT SHOULD WE HAVE FOR DINNER?” . The Omnivore’s Dilemma, through a brilliant and eye-opening exploration of our food choices, demonstrates that how we answer this question may determine not only our health but our survival as a species. Bringing wide attention to the little-known but vitally important dimensions of food and agriculture in America, Pollan launched a national conversation about what we eat and the profound consequences that even the simplest everyday food choices have on both ourselves and the natural world.
Food is Culture by Massimo Montanari
Food Is Culture explores the innovative premise that everything having to do with food―its capture, cultivation, preparation, and consumption―represents a cultural act. Massimo Montanari shows the evolution of food, which begins with the “invention of cooking, transforms into recipes and finally grows into a complex cultural product shaped by climate, geography, the pursuit of pleasure, and later, the desire for health. In his history, Montanari touches on the spice trade, the first agrarian societies, Renaissance dishes that synthesized different tastes, and the analytical attitude of the Enlightenment, which insisted on the separation of flavors. The author shows how food, once a practical necessity, evolved into an indicator of social standing and religious and political identity.
Rotten, documentary series on Netflix
Local farming is fading as profit margins decide what food makes it to our plates. The Netflix documentary series Rotten exposes the fraud, corruption, and the consequences on our health of today’s global food industry.
Chef’s Table, documentary series on Netflix
Chef’s Table goes inside the lives and kitchens of the world’s most renowned international chefs. Emmy-nominated documentary series focuses on culinary starts and their personal stories, inspirations, and unique styles. Each chef’s discipline and culinary talent is explored while he or she prepares an awe-inspiring creation.
Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg
Food Tank’s Dani Nierenberg chats with the most important folks in the food industry about the most important food news. She invites chefs, experts, and activists to outline their ideal food system—and how their projects are making a better food system more attainable.
The Real Food Podcast
The podcast is hosted by one of India’s most respected food writers Vikram Doctor. He explores the taste, the origins, legends and practical magic of ingredients and recipes that range from the everyday to the extraordinary. Through ancestral kitchens, gourmet restaurants, exotic vegetable farms, modern agriculturists, heirloom aficionados…
Learn recipes from Slow Food professionals
Slow Food’s Cooks Alliance chef Felice Miluzzi from Belgium every day shares with his followers a new delicious recipe and teaches how to prepare it.