The Bottom Line
- Tempting descriptions of heirloom varieties, heritage breeds, and wild foodstuffs
- Geographic groupings
- Clear historical context
- Repetive nature of essays
- Limited recipes
- Unclear sources and ordering information
- A must-browse for anyone interested in heirloom varieties, heritage breeds, and wild foodstuffs
- Broad collection of the rich culinary heritage background of the U.S.
- Excellent primer on Arc of Taste, Seed Savers, and other organizations dedicated to preserving traditional food ways
Guide Review - Renewing America's Food Traditions
Each essay focuses on a single item, which allows each story to be told in a focused way. This is a very good thing, because many of the stories contain fascinating bits of American history. Unfortunately, the stories are so similar in structure (ingredient was plentiful and valued, something caused its demise, it is now being saved to one degree or another) that the essays can start to seem repetitive if read in succession.
Yet that shouldn't detract from each essay, chock full of thought-provoking information and capable of inspiring internet orders of Red Flint corn hominy and more.