Much like scents, flavors can have remarkable powers over our minds. Even a small taste of just the right flavor can, as Proust so eloquently described – at length – in his À la recherche du temps perdu, unlock a veritable treasure chest of memories. For myself, it’s the flavors from my childhood that seem […]
One of the things I look toward with greatest anticipation each time I visit England are the opportunities these journeys provide to indulge in a wide range of direct-from-the-farm foods. I can’t speak for what’s to be found in “the City” as I’m rarely there, but in the countryside where I generally find myself, the availability, quality, and variety of locally grown or raised foodstuffs is truly delightful.
Thus I was particularly pleased to discover this week, thanks entirely to Mark Avery’s Sunday Book Review, a new book from Elliott & Thompson that had not yet come to my attention : Charlie Pye- Smith’s “Land of Plenty; A Journey Through the Fields and Foods of Modern Britain.”
It was back in 2014 while attending the 2014 convention of the Entomological Society of America being held that year in Portland, Oregon that I first became aware of both the possibilities for, and scope of interest in, entomophagy. Intrigued by its traditional practice as well as by its potential for sustainability if expanded to a large scale, since that time I have never passed up an opportunity to learn more about it.
Mr. Estabrook focuses this inquiry into pigs on their place in our modern world with particular emphasis on how they are now raised and processed into food, and contrasts that with ways that might be better for both the pigs as well as those who eat them.