Our fixation with food is at an all time high: we take photos of our food and share them on social media; we obsess over cooking shows and favorite chefs and those who consider themselves “foodies.” At odds with this phenomenon is the fact that the most delicious, diverse varieties of food and drink are being slowly and unfortunately irrevocably lost. In the last century we have lived--and eaten-through the most dramatic shifts ever experienced in food and agriculture.
These changes are insidious: buried in our soil, tucked in beehives and hidden in cattle feedlots.They start with microorganisms invisible to the naked eye and echo through through every link in our food chain--from seed to pollinator, from plant to fish to animal, impacting every part of the system that makes food possible.
Ninety five percent of of the world’s calories now come from only 30 species, and a closer look at America’s cornucopia of grocery store options reveals that our foods are primarily made up of corn, wheat, rice, palm oil and soybeans. Not only in the U.S but throughout the world diverse foods are being replaced with monodiets of monocrops.
In Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of the Foods We Love, Winston-Salem native, eco-hero and food educator Simran Sethi reveals what we are losing, how we are losing it, and the inspiring people and organizations working to rescue the foods we revere, crave and have yet to even taste. After journeying to six continents in pursuit of endangered tastes and investigating the loss of biodiversity from soil to plate, the author tells her story through her book using taste as the lens through which to explore how to better save--and savor--what we eat.
Simran Sethi will be discussing her new book Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of the Foods We Love, Thursday, January 7th @ 6:30 pm at Temple Emanuel, 201 Oakwood Drive, Winston-Salem
Simran Sethi is presented by the Forsyth County Public Library, Temple Emanuel and Bookmarks.
Bookmarks, a literary arts nonprofit, will provide books for sale at the event. All proceeds will benefit Bookmarks' Authors in Schools program which reaches 5,500 students, ages three through college, in the Triad area annually.