Saturday, March 27, 2010

Book and TV Review: The Town That Food Saved & Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

I'm currently reading a book called The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food. I'm a couple of chapters in and it's talking about how we are facing a food crisis in the all too near future if we don't start decentralizing our food production, and then describes how one town in Vermont is DOING it. I like that it gives the problem and sounds the warning bells, but then also offers a solution so that it winds up being very positive.

Speaking of food, did anyone else watch Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution last night? It was very entertaining. He took some ideas from other shows, though. There's a show on BBC America, You Are What You Eat, where Gillian McKeith, a nutritionist, confronts people with what they eat in order to get them to change, and like Jamie she piles all the food they eat in one week all on a table at once. She can then point out that there aren't any veggies and everything is the same color, or whatever the issue is, just like Jamie did. Hmmm. (But I think what he's doing is great and I hope he is successful.) Gillian McKeith has also written a ton of books on nutrition if you're interested.

Brit Jamie Oliver is also following in the footsteps of our own Alice Waters, who advocated edible gardens in the schools and got the Berkeley school system to serve healthy food to their school kids. This is a fight worth fighting and I'm so glad more and more people are taking it on.

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