Book Review by Jeanne Santangelo
After generations of decline, the number of people in Marin, California who grow food to share or who consider themselves small farmers is increasing. The book “Growing Roots: The New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks, and Food Activists” includes interviews, stories, photos and recipes from several dozen of America’s youngest and most passionate organic farmers, foodies and locavores — exponents of a new food culture. Author Catherine Leiner crisscrossed the continent in cities, suburbs and rural areas and selected a cross section of farmers, food writers and activists such as Anna Lappé, writer, and Elspeth Hay, NPR, who are walking the talk. It is no surprise that many live in Northern California.
Meet Andrew Coté, owner of the Silvermine Apiary in Norwalk, Conn., test his couscous salad with honey and pistachios or roasted chicken with ginger-honey glaze.
Read “All About Almonds” and meet Benina Marie Burroughs, an almond farmer in Merced, then test her almond pie crust that can be made without wheat flour.
Interviews include Tucker Hemquist of Skipstone Ranch (olive oil) in Geyserville; Alex Hill, a mycologist, and Jamie Peterson of Peterson Winery in Geyserville; Jeremiath and Emilee Gettle of Bakercreek Heirloom Seed Company, who publish “The Heirloom Gardener” in Mansfield, Mo.
These are folks who, like Jeremiath Gettle, are “so thankful to be able to work at my dream job.” Or like Adan, Omar and Pilar Truhillo in Chimaya, N.M., siblings who “work to keep the tradition of the Acequias alive” using traditional methods on land their ancestors farmed for hundreds of years. Try their red chili enchiladas and Desert Biscochitos.
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