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The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island Kindle Edition
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"This unique and fascinating memoir blends the history of Washington with the story of her family's migration from Mexico, highlighted by informed insights on ecology, economy and gastronomy."―Rigoberto González, NBC News Latino
"The Deepest Roots should inspire readers to expend elbow grease in working la tierra and seeking community with like-minded gente for healthier living."―Michael Sedano, La Bloga
"Alcalá takes the local food movement, so long the province of hippy gringos, and brings it home to the immigrant communities for whom it has so long been a fact of life."―Alejandra Oliva, Remezcla
"A layered experience of discovery, moving organically between personal stories, cultural history, and discussions of environmental policy. . . . Bainbridge Island is a perfect microcosm through which to explore the question of local sustainability. . . . It is a pleasant surprise to hear from some Whatcom County locals among Alcalá's interviews."―Lisa Gresham, Cascadia Weekly
"As important now as when it was first published in 2016, Kathleen Alcalá's book The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island recently released in paperback, allows the reader to come along as Alcalá explores the food culture of her home, Bainbridge Island, learns more about how to care for her health, and discovers the ways our collective fates are intimately connected."―1889 Washington's Magazine
"The Deepest Roots is a timely and charming book on how place-based foods infuse community by one of the finest writers ever to emerge from the Pacific Northwest."―Gary Paul Nabhan, author of Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Food
"A wildly ambitious book. By focusing on the food in one place, Alcalá is able to pull together cultural and cross-cultural experiences, environmental debates, and, perhaps most crucial for me, issues of economic justice that underpin all food production."―Ana Maria Spagna, author of Reclaimers and Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B01KW7IBHY
- Publisher : University of Washington Press; Illustrated edition (May 1, 2017)
- Publication date : May 1, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1520 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,780,586 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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You don’t have to know anything about the island to enjoy this book, though I guarantee you will know a lot about it when you’re done. Intimate details that immerse you in the place with all your senses, so that you might start to feel you are one of the neighbors, digging in to a community garden plot to brush the rich soil off of fresh carrots for a potluck dinner. As a wanderer who has connected deeply with the earth but never one particular place on it, I am in awe of this sort of rooting, and even inspired to one day create that for myself. For those of us without our own historical ties to one place or our food, this book provides a map to earning your belonging.
Alcalá’s lyrical writing paints a near romantic view of farming, food, and community, but she digs deeper and examines both the pleasures and the problems of farming and raising great food.
Alcalá draws her reader into the world that she loves. Every burst of joy is real.
The stories that she tells, all true, include the history of Bainbridge Island. From this she writes about what is happening now on the very popular island.
Life in a community is not simple. The issues caused by development, climate change, limited aquifers, zoning, competing uses are made compelling. Water, space, and how we allocate and use these lies at the heart of community discord. These issues reflect differing visions of the future. Disagreement does not mean that a vision is wrong, but the other issues that surround taking one path to the future over another have to be examined. Alcalá deftly does this.
The photographs by Joel Sackett adorn the cover, and are the best. The interior black and white photos, while lacking the vibrancy of Sackett’s eye for color, are full of life and show what Alcalá writes about. The love that people have of each other and what they do comes clearly through.
The resilience of people and the fragility of land come through on every page. This is a book that you will read again and again.