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Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love Hardcover – Nov 10 2015

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (Nov. 10 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061581070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061581076
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #420,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“[Simran Sethi] looks at ways in which monoculture and an increasingly standardized global diet put food systems in peril and leave crops vulnerable to blight and climate change.” (Wall Street Journal)

“In Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, Sethi describes how, in recent years, environmental and economic forces have decreased biodiversity and threatened the existence of some of our favorite foods and beverages.” (Boston Globe)

“Our tables … are never really of, or for, one, as Sethi elegantly shows us.” (NPR)

“Bread, wine, chocolate-three things many of us refuse to live without. But, as Simran Sethi tells us in her new book, Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, we might have to.” (Acquired Taste)

“Read this wonderful book and you will become immersed in the intricate worlds of no less than six (delicious) foods and drinks. It is about our relationships with the life forms that sustain us—and how we might learn to approach those relationships with far more love, compassion, and good taste.” (Naomi Klein, New York Times bestselling author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine)

“Simran Sethi’s passionate book on food and biodiversity reminds us how healing food can be. The world is on our plate.” (Deepak Chopra, M.D.)

“A powerful reminder that we can eat in ways that don’t cause damage to the planet or its poorest people--and that can delight us, not just fill us up. Don’t read it on an empty stomach!” (Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy)

“A passionate plea to save and restore the things most precious about our food—its myriad flavors and its connection with nature. As global economic forces slowly squeeze the uniqueness out of what we eat, Simran Sethi explores the delicate culinary delights that offer hope, and deliciousness, for the future.” (John McQuaid, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat)

“A stirring call to arms for anyone who loves food!” (Andrea Reusing, James Beard award-winning chef and author of Cooking in the Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes)

“Should be required reading for culinary students, journalists, scholars and citizens who care about what they put into their mouths and what we’re doing to Mother Earth. Sethi is the kind of writer who can coat the bitter pill in honey and we all just swallow and say thank you.” (Linda West Eckhardt, James Beard award-winning cookbook author, Editor/Founder of Everybody Eats News)

About the Author

Simran Sethi is a journalist and an associate at the University of Melbourne's Sustainable Society Institute and the former host of the PBS Quest series on science and sustainability. Her work has appeared on NBC Nightly News, PBS, Oprah, MSNBC, the History Channel, and NPR. She was the national environmental correspondent for NBC News, the anchor/writer of Sundance Channel's first dedicated environmental programming, and the host of the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary A School in the Woods.

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5.0 out of 5 starsA delightful globetrotting pursuit of the stories behind the "foods we love" and a discovery of the beauty of biodiversity.
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2.0 out of 5 stars... a book about the slow loss of foods we love, and the threats to biodiversity
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