Bread, Wine, Chocolate Reading Guide – AgBookClubA heartfelt lament for the homogenisation of our taste buds. The fish tasted wonderful, but what made my eyes widen was the peculiar taste of the wine. It wasn't bad — on the contrary — just unusual. When I asked if I could buy some in the local shop, the fisherman laughed. My rare wine would — I like to think — have delighted Simran Sethi whose book takes the form of a heartfelt lament about the steady homogenisation of our taste buds under the impact of a globalised market economy. All the world over, she writes, we are increasingly compelled to eat the same food.
Chocolate Espresso Sourdough Bread - Chestnuts, Raisins, and Walnuts
Bread, Wine, Chocolate Reading Guide
At the same time, many people — when they have the option — are reaching for organic produce at the grocery store. More often, a growing number of us are attempting to make educated choices when it comes to what we put on our plates and in our bodies. Our food future — rife with the challenges of global warming, a monopolized seed market, deforestation, overharvesting, and more — looks bleak indeed. How do we take steps to redefine a system that has set us up to fail, not just ourselves and our loved ones, but also every living being involved in the journey from soil to supermarket? While the book is partly an investigation of our food-production systems, its narrative is not framed by industrialized agriculture though the mainstays of rice, corn, and wheat account for more than two-thirds of our caloric intake. Agrobiodiversity includes the plants we harvest and the animals we eat, but it also includes the bees that helped those plants to grow. Of course, the loss we face is bigger than the Big Mac.