Friday, March 19, 2010


What Is Slow Food Anyway?
                                                                                                                                                                    Slow Food is a resistance movement founded in 1986 by Carlo Petrini in response to the opening of a McDonald's in the Piazza di Spagna in Rome.

Now a nonprofit organization, Slow Food counts members in more than 50 countries. Local chapters in the United States often host events such as picnics featuring local foods prepared by chefs, or Slow Food Hudson Valley’s recent support of the No Farms No Food Rally in Albany, New York.

By the way, if you are interested in letting your New York State State Legislators know that you do not want dramatic cuts made to Farm, Food and Farmland Programs click here.

Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of buying food, preparing it, and enjoying the fruits of that labor. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world who link the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.

Preserving and promoting local and traditional food products, along with the culture of their lore and preparation, this is ultimately what makes food pleasurable. A homegrown cook without culinary school training, I love to preserve the flavors of my life in beautiful jars, the way I was taught by my mother and grandmothers. It's a traditional process, it is a part of my heritage, and so in a way it is Slow Food.

To read the first chapter of Michael Pollan's book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma," which explains where food comes from, check out:

To find out more about the Slow Food Organization, check out:

Slow Food’s Hudson Valley branch can be found here: