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The Chesapeake Table

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, 200 pages

44 color photos

ISBN:
9781421426891
September 2018
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The Chesapeake Table

Your Guide to Eating Local

TABLE OF CONTENTS

There was a time when most food was local, whether you lived on a farm or bought your food at a farmers market in the city. Exotic foods like olives, spices, and chocolate shipped in from other parts of the world were considered luxuries. Now, most food that Americans eat is shipped from somewhere else, and eating local is considered by some to be a luxury. Renee Brooks Catacalos is here to remind us that eating local is easier—and more rewarding—than we may think. There is an abundance of food all around us, found across the acres and acres of fields and pastures, orchards and forests, mile upon winding mile of rivers and streams, ocean coastline, and the amazing Chesapeake Bay.

In The Chesapeake Table, Catacalos examines the powerful effect of eating local in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Hooked on the local food movement from its early days, Catacalos opens the book by revisiting a personal challenge to only buy, prepare, and eat food grown within a 150-mile radius of her home near Washington, DC. From her in-depth, on-the-ground study of food systems in the region, Catacalos offers practical advice for adopting a locavore diet and getting involved in various entry points to food pathways, from shopping at your local farmers market to buying a community-supported agriculture share. She also includes recipes for those curious about how they can make their own more environmentally conscious food choices.

Introducing readers to the vast edible resources of the Chesapeake region, Catacalos focuses on the challenges of environmental and economic sustainability, equity and diversity in the farming and food professions, and access and inclusion for local consumers of all income levels, ethnicities, and geographies. Touching on everything from farm-based breweries and distilleries to urban hoop house farms to grass-fed beef, The Chesapeake Table celebrates the people working hard to put great local food on our plates.

Renee Brooks Catacalos, the former publisher of Edible Chesapeake magazine, served as deputy director for Future HarvestChesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. She is currently a member of the Steering Team for the Chesapeake Foodshed Network, a regional food system initiative working to catalyze connections and collaborations that build a sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and equitable regional food system in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

"Renee Brooks Catacalos has been, and continues to be, a tireless advocate for the local food traditions of the Chesapeake Bay region. She is also a brilliant writer with a razor-sharp focus and the ability to bring to life disparate aspects of the Chesapeake, including the simple joys of home-cooked local food. This book is a welcome addition to the body of work on our magnificent Bay."

"After many years of walking the walk and sharing her passion for local and sustainable food practices in various outlets, Renee Catacalos brings all of this knowledge together in one beautiful package. The Chesapeake Table is a must-have resource, complete with delicious recipes, showing how eating locally and sustainably is possible."

"A delectable love poem to locally grown food and the people who produce it, Renee Brooks Catacalos's book makes a compelling argument for strengthening the local economy and community health by eating primarily what's grown in the Chesapeake Bay foodshed. Buy this book and digest its message that 'all our daily choices count.'"

"Renee Catacalos has done a great service to the cause of local foodways in the mid-Atlantic by writing this book, a thorough, informative, and wide-ranging look at how we eat now—and how, with more support, more food hubs, and continued awareness of the ecological and social issues that affect our ever-widening food stream, we might eat in the future."

"Renee Catacalos has long been a champion of the edible resources and character of the Chesapeake watershed. Her book beautifully ties cultural, historical, and natural resources into a poetic volume that ennobles the people of the greater Chesapeake, giving an appreciation for the sustainable and local in one of America's most ancient and proud foodscapes."

"There is so much to admire and discover in Renee Catacalos's quest for the best local foods and small-scale producers in the Chesapeake foodshed. She is the Chesapeake locavore food maven who informs your food choices to sustain the Chesapeake."

"From produce to poultry to policy, The Chesapeake Table takes you on a thoroughly delicious and instructive journey through one of America's greatest and most diverse foodsheds. Fact-packed and certified to satisfy, this book has everything you'll ever need to eat local and to eat like a local."

"Reading this book was an absolute delight. Renee Brooks Catacalos shows not only that eating local is possible but that it is pleasurable, too, as you go foraging locally to savor the 'tastes of the region.' Read it and then seek and find local food."

"The Chesapeake Table is a delightful guide full of vital tips for those committed to cherishing and conserving the local bounty of our prized mid-Atlantic region. Renee Catacalos reveals a substantial understanding of heritage, politics, and advocates from the perspective only a true local could offer to her readers."

"With her deep roots and knowledge, there is no better guide to our evolving food system than Renee Catacalos, who weaves together history, policy, and inspiring stories to create the new bible for how every person makes a difference in growing a vibrant, inclusive, and equitable food system for all."

"Fascinating and delectable. If you live in the mid-Atlantic—and you eat—then read this wonderful book."

"The Chesapeake Table is a wonderful resource of history, personal stories, and actionable information on how communities live in better harmony with their food systems and one another. Catacalos makes an invaluable contribution to the robust local food discourse while placing an important spotlight on the Chesapeake Foodshed."

"We at the Chesapeake Foodshed Network couldn't be more excited about CFN Steering Team member Renee Brooks Catacalos' book coming out this fall, "The Chesapeake Table: Your Guide to Eating Local.""

"Renee Brooks Catacalos knows a thing or two about local food... The Chesapeake Table: Your Guide to Eating Local, will be released in October and outlines why she's been hooked on the local food movement from the start, which foods you can only find in the Chesapeake region, and how you can benefit from the fruits—literally and figuratively—of local farmers' labors."

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