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Reflections on Chengdu

Reflections on Chengdu

Five years after the last Congress at Terra Madre in Turin in 2012, representatives of Slow Food gathered in Chengdu, China for the 7th International Congress.
These gatherings of people of all kinds, coming from close to 120 countries, are a good gauge of planetary health and just where we are with food’s role and impact. […]

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A journey to a market garden

A journey to a market garden Market gardener Lindsay Whalen sells her organic produce to the people of Manchester through her regular stall at Levenshulme market and her veg box scheme. Formerly the food writer for Ethical Consumer, Lindsay explains how she went from writing about food to growing it.

My journey to running my own market garden was meandering, but ultimately motivated by my desire for a food system that nurtures the health of our bodies and the land. I was the Food Writer at Ethical Consumer magazine for four formative years, before setting off into the world to learn those practical useful skills […]

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My #eatlocal challenge: week 3

My #eatlocal challenge: week 3

Week three of my #eatlocal challenge is now complete. I have now hobbled over the half way mark of my month supporting #menuforchange and am limping into the finishing stretch. You can learn more about this foolhardy endeavour source all my meals within 50 miles by reading my post from week one.
Last week […]

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My #eatlocal challenge: week 2

My #eatlocal challenge: week 2

I am now two weeks in to my #50milemeal month, consuming food sourced/produced within 31 miles, as part of Slow food’s #menuforchange. Last week I was butter making, bread baking and soliciting sea salt from strangers. You can read about my fledgling efforts in in My #eatlocal challenge: week 1. This week the novelty […]

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Totnes’s Inaugural Slow Walk

Totnes’s Inaugural Slow Walk

In 2005 my partner gave me Carl Honore’s book In Praise of Slow: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed (his Ted talk is here) To this day, I confess, I’ve never found time to actually finish it, but, I love the insights I gained and recognise the value of the […]

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LOVING HOLIDAY FOOD: THE AUGUST EDIT

LOVING HOLIDAY FOOD: THE AUGUST EDIT

We can’t believe it’s August already; summer seems to be flying by. Our minds are full of up-and-coming holidays, ice-cream and picnics, fish and chips on the beach and freshly baked cakes served with tea in gorgeous English china cups. Farmers markets and local food growers are bursting with wonderful produce that, quite surprisingly, doesn’t […]

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Chef Alliance meets Ark of Taste: Alison showcases Colonsay wildflower honey

Chef Alliance meets Ark of Taste: Alison showcases Colonsay wildflower honey

Slow Food Edinburgh and Chef Alliance teamed up at The Edinburgh Food Festival (26th – 30th July) to deliver a series of tastings and demonstrations highlighting Scottish foods listed in the Ark of Taste. We did a cookery demo and crucially also discussed the relevance of the Ark (other than to deal with the […]

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Wild maraschino cherries

Wild maraschino cherries

Since the beginning of my involvement with the slow food movement I have been reconnecting with the edible landscape around me and am consistently being amazed by the sheer abundance of nature. My favourite discovery of this summer has to be the wild cherry, a smaller and tarter relation of the popular cultivated variety. When […]

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The Importance of Women in Urban Agriculture

Think about your favorite homemade recipe. Perhaps it’s that savory stuffing that your mother recreates without fail every Christmas. Or, it’s the birthday cake that your mother tries to recreate, but which your grandma does best. My personal food memories from my childhood and home are extensive, but they all have one thing in common: […]

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Infuse and Enthuse

Infuse and Enthuse

I like to think of myself as a food explorer, think Indiana Jones of the edible world but with no fedora and a lot more carrots. When I’m not busy picking, preserving and purchasing kilner I can be found searching Google for my next edible project.
I am a firm believer that when it comes to […]

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