The Slow Food Story

The Slow Food Story : Politics and Pleasure

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The Slow Food movement was set up in Italy as a response to the dominance of fast food chains, supermarkets and large-scale agribusiness. It seeks to defend what it calls 'the universal right to pleasure' and promotes an alternative approach to food production and consumption based on the promotion of 'good, clean and fair' local products.

This is the first in-depth study of the fascinating politics of Slow Food, which in twenty years has grown into an international organisation with more than 80,000 members in over 100 countries. With its roots in the 1960s and 1970s counter-culture, Slow Food's distinctive politics lie in the unity between gastronomic pleasure and environmental responsibility. The movement crosses the left-right divide to embrace both the conservative desire to preserve traditional rural communities and an alternative 'virtuous' idea of globalisation.

Geoff Andrews shows that the alternative future embodied in Slow Food extends to all aspects of modern life. The Slow Food Story presents an extensive new critique of fast-moving, work-obsessed contemporary capitalist culture.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 19.05mm | 249.48g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745327443
  • 9780745327440
  • 922,835

Table of contents



1. Politics in Search of Pleasure

2. The Critique of 'Fast Life'

3. Terra Madre


4. Gastronome! The Arrival of a New Political Subject

5. The Return of the Producer...and the Death of the Consumer?

6. The Movement


7. Rediscovering the Local

8. Virtuous Globalisation.

9. Slow Food, Gastronomy and Cultural Politics


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Review quote

'A thoughtful account of how politics came back to eating' -- Steven Poole, The Guardian 'The best account so far of the history and animating ideas behind Slow Food. An indispensable introduction' -- Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto 'Shows us that the concept of Slow Food is not just a practical necessity for survival but offers a glimpse of a transformative change for the better in the way we live our lives' -- Neal Lawson, Chair of the political pressure group Compass 'The essential one-stop critical guide to the history, ideas, structure, and membership of the Slow Food movement' -- John Dickie, Reader in Italian Studies, University College London
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About Geoff Andrews

Geoff Andrews is the author The Slow Food Story (Pluto, 2008) and Not a Normal Country: Italy after Berlusconi (Pluto, 2005). He also writes for a range of newspapers, including the Financial Times, Open Democracy, and Soundings, for which he was an associate editor.
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