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The Slow Books curators have hand-picked recommended readings to add to your summer reading list! Below you’ll find a list of books that pair well with the issues that we’re talking about and celebrating each month at Slow Food.

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The Good Berry Cookbook: Harvesting and Cooking Wild Rice and Other Wild Foods

by Tashia Hart

One of the few foods in North America that is designated both Ark of Taste and Slow Food Presidia is Manoomin, or wild rice. Manoomin (pronounced muh-KNOW-minn) is a sacred and staple food for the Anishinaabe people of the Great Lakes region. Ethnobotanist Tashia Hart integrates wild ingredients of the north woods and culinary prowess to share an abundance of ways to work with wild rice in our home kitchens.

— Cedar Schimke


Recommendations by Margaret Woodruff

What Your Food Ate: How to Heal Our Land and Reclaim Our Health

by Anne Biklé and David R. Montgomery

To Boldly Grow: Finding Joy, Adventure and Dinner in Your Own Backyard

by Tamar Haspel

kitchens of the great midwest

by J. Ryan Stradal



Burnt Toast and Other Disasters: A Book of Heroic Hacks, Fabulous Fixes, and Secret Sauces

by Cal Peternell

If we’ve learned anything in the past few years of life during an altered reality of these modern times (a continuing global pandemic, seemingly unprecedented inflation, the onslaught of tragedies on the nightly news), it’s that sometimes there is a glimmer of brightness to be found in even the darkest of times. Cal Peternell, a Chez Panisse alum, will teach you how to spin any dish you think destined for the trash or compost bin, into a five star meal. With restaurant hacks, tips to spice up pantry staples and writing that will have you “loling” – this book is a delight. I particularly enjoyed his tips for popcorn-making (a cool summer night favorite snack of mine). 

— Katie Johnson



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