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The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☉ The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved Author Sandor Ellix Katz – An instant classic for a new generation of monkey wrenching food activists Food in America is cheap and abundant yet the vast majority of it is diminished in terms of flavor and nutrition anonymous an An instant Will Not MOBI ð classic for a new generation of monkey wrenching food activists Food in America The Revolution eBook ì is cheap and abundant yet the vast majority of it is diminished in terms of flavor Revolution Will Not MOBI ï and nutrition anonymous and mysterious after being shipped thousands of miles and passing through inscrutable supply chains and controlled by multinational corporations In our system of globalized food commodities convenience replaces uality and a connection to the source of our food Most of us know almost nothing about how our food is grown or produced where it comes from and what health value it really has It is food as pure corporate commodity We all deserve much better than that In The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved author Sandor Ellix Katz Wild Fermentation Chelsea Green profiles grassroots activists who are taking on Big Food creating meaningful alternatives and challenging the way many Americans think about food From community supported local farmers community gardeners and seed saving activists to underground distribution networks of contraband foods and food resources rescued from the waste stream this book shows how ordinary people can resist the dominant system revive community based food production and take direct responsibility for their own health and nutrition.

10 thoughts on “The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved

  1. Daphne Stanford Daphne Stanford says:

    An absolutely inspiring piece of informative literature about the state of real food in the US these days with an admittedly cheesy title but don't let that distract you The author who is part of an 'intentional community' an agrarian cooperative in Tennessee discusses the state of real milk cheese bread and the old ways of harvesting seeds actually becoming a 'political act' these days because of large seed companies and their attempts to control our ability to grow food of all things A very inspiring and educational albeit shocking book My favorite part was the recipes

  2. Stephanie Solomon Stephanie Solomon says:

    This book has taken over my life It is exactly the kind of food politics I want to think about talk about be activated by and be inspired by

  3. Amy Layton Amy Layton says:

    What an informative book  Food and land politics is one of my new favorite subjects and this book elaborates on both of those so much  There was so much that I learned and I already thought that I knew than the average person  Inside this book are tips about foraging finding and feasting  Katz also provides various recipes interviews and excerpts to elaborate upon each chapter's point  He discusses the veganvegetarianomnivore dilemma water as a life source the reasons why we ferment and pasteurize  He discusses health and medicine in a way that is at times contradictory but ultimately satisfyingKatz elaborates upon all the struggles the general population has and probably doesn't know they have with the government and its manner of dealing with food  There are so many laws and permits surrounding farms and transportation and selling that it's nearly impossible for farmers to sell their own food nearly impossible for homey bakers and cheese makers and milk sellers to set up shop  However be warned that the further on you go in this book the grossed out you will be if you're from the same culture as I am  There's talk about not only eating bugs but brains and eyeballs too  In detail  So just a warningBut for the rest of it I was impressed with the amount of people he has talked to on these subjects and how vastly different they all were  As it would turn out many people are discussing these very problems despite being from varying paths of life  And that just goes to make a point towards what he's saying we have become so far removed from how we interact with our food from its source that we have lost all notions of where to even begin  This is a great book that covers a variety of topics and is perfect for anyone who wants to get a little bit closer to the earthReview cross listed here

  4. Grace Grace says:

    With a couple exceptions I overall loved this book I’ve been interested in food and agriculture since I read Fast Food Nation many years ago and this book is full of ideas and examples of how people buck the corporate food system From raw milk road kill seed saving community gardens foraging for wild foods I think everyone could find something to inspire them as a result of this book I have sought out raw milk but I don’t think I’ll be scraping animals off the road anytime soon I have been gardening for a few years now always with open pollinated varieties and after reading the chapter on seeds I was inspired to not only collect seeds for myself which I’ve done and will now do even of but to mail seeds to a bunch of interested friends The mark of a great book for me is one that not only speaks to me but spurs me to perform concrete actions no matter how smallSo my one issue with this book was the short discussion around invasive plants My review for the book The Rambunctious Garden sums up my feelings on this topic I think Katz approached this from an emotional perspective euating people who favor native plants to fascists and I favor an ecological perspective when it comes to invasive vs native plants This short section was sorely lacking in acknowledging the harm that invasive plants have done to indigenous ecological communities in favor of this idea that “all plants are good plants if you just change your attitude about them” and I very much disagree Definitely one to check out if you’re interested in agriculture food gardening I can also recommend Wild Fermentation by the same author as I’ve been working my way through trying out different ferments he’s generally a lot of fun to read if these topics interest you

  5. Janelle Janelle says:

    Yes I read another food book but this one is a little edgier than the others The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved goes beyond the usual local food CSA boycott industrial food mindset Michael Pollan Barbara Kingsolver Mark Bittman I would describe them as food activists but the kind who work the system Sure they grow their own food and aren't doing a lot of supermarket shopping which is radical compared to the industrial food norm but frankly those authors sounded uite tame compared to this guy Katz talks about buying raw milk illegally it's actually legal in my state but not in most making pate out of weeds harvesting roadkill and cooking with cannibis Skin cancer? Try a poultice of sauerkraut He also wrote a book about fermented food and uses it for healing not just eatingI'm not ready to implement a lot of what he talks about but I feel good just knowing that the underground food movements are alive and well

  6. Nikki Nikki says:

    I recently came upon a bibliography of books on food with a common theme of sustainability I think it was in the New York Times Magazine perhaps I got a bunch of them out of the library Some are excellent and others not so much or just weren't for me One of those is The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved The writing didn't draw me in and perhaps my lifestyle is just too different from Katz's for his book to resonate with me I did learn some things from the sections I read such as that Maine is one of a relatively few states to allow the sale of unpasteurized apple cider Raw milk is also available at my local meatdairy market But this one's going back to the library unfinished; your results may differ

  7. Sheryl Sheryl says:

    Gosh it took me forever to finish this bookI think I started it in February or something I don't know why it took me so long except that I got hung up on the chapter about factory farmingthe same thing happened when I was reading The Omnivore's Dillema but once I got past that it was smooth sailingSandor Katz is just a very inspiring guy and his personal anecdotes are what really make this book compelling Most of the underground food movements he talks about I already knew about but his first hand stories made them very real to meAnd each chapter has a long list of additional sources to find out I'll be adding a bunch of things to my book listThis book will make you angry but it will also inspireRead it

  8. Allison Allison says:

    This book rocked my world I've read a lot of books about food politics Many of them depress the hell out of me They offer all problems and no solutionsThe Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved changed that Each chapter focuses on one problem with our current industry And each chapter offers examples of actions being taken to change it From buying local food to growing your own to finding raw milk this book suggests ways to make positive change by just paying attention to what we are eatingThis is a book that I will read over and over again and probably find new inspiration each time

  9. Mark Braunstein Mark Braunstein says:

    “What is for supper?” is a short uestion with a long history of many answers “Why is it for supper?” is recently and less freuently asked One long answer is The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved a fresh evaluation of how the other half of America eats that is the other half of one percent Sandor Ellix Katz examines our food choices challenging us as would a moral philosopher and inspiring us as might a romantic poet But unlike poetry and philosophy his texts are thoroughly researched and extensively footnoted Scholarly without being stuffy he ponders the social ethical and environmental conseuences of the foods we choose to eat of the foods we choose not to eat and of even our very acts of choosing Food for thought about foodEach chapter offers a wholesome essay that can be read independently of the others Though inexpensive for a book of nearly 400 pages its binding is especially durable If separated physically from the whole the leaves of each chapter stay bound together This reviewer speaks from experience having extracted entire chapters in this manner to distribute among friendsSuch portability is an appealing feature precisely because the topics are so diverse that few readers could possibly find the entire book relevant to their lives Chapters such as these Seed saving as political statement Seeking and drinking raw cow’s milk as acts of civil disobedience The corporate takeover of natural foods and the USDA makeover of organic foods Whole food as healer and processed food as killer Medicinal herbs including marijuana as not just alternatives to pharmaceuticals but their very basis Pure and free water as birthright now imperiled by pollution and privatization Gardening as a means of reclaiming Eden Vegetarianism as an act of compassion in contrast to carnivorous crueltyVegetarians will be especially sensitive to and maybe even appreciative of the author’s discussion of vegetarianism Katz a lapsed vegetarian weighs the significance of life as a vegetarian among omnivores The reasons for his own vegetarian apostasy are especially edifying The chapter “Vegetarian Ethics and Humane Meat begins almost with a confession I love meat The smell of it cooking can fill me with desire At the same time everything I see hear or read about standard commercial factory farming and slaughtering fills me with disgust Whether filled with desire or with disgust the author writes with humility and clarity And charity He continues “I hold great respect for the ideals that people seek to put into practice through vegetarianism”Katz acknowledges that vegetarians will brand “humane meat” a contradiction of adjective with noun yet he nobly and duly presents the gist of vegetarian ethics and effectively distills into a few pages what we’d expect from an entire book Or two entire books In an auspicious convergence for the ethics of eating the year 2006 heralded publication also of The Way We Eat and of the bestselling The Omnivore’s DilemmaNo one philosopher has better earned the title as “animal rights ethicist” than has Peter Singer Yet in The Way We Eat co authored with animal rights attorney Jim Mason Singer suggests we might condemn less and praise the view that it is ethical to eat animals who have lived comfortable lives Somewhat synonymous with what Katz calls “humane meat” Singer and Mason anoint the appellation “conscientious omnivore” A new ethnic cuisine Ethic cuisineThis emerging moral vocabulary is one whose etymologies can be attributed to vegetarian evangelists and animal liberationists Their shouts of protest and their cries of lamentation have been heard Many meat eaters grown uneasy with their own complicity now seek the lesser of several evils Michael Pollan the elouent author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma too deserves credit for expanding this lexiconPollan however is less forthright about his own omnivorism than is Katz Instead Pollan applies his considerable intelligence merely to rationalize and bolster his considerable decadence For Pollan meat’s taste trumps its waste Rather than renounce meat as a superfluity he chooses to denounce its cruelty So thanks to Pollan and to his readers whom he has rallied to the cause many herds of open pasture cows and many flocks of free range hens are now being spared the horrors of the feedlot and the factory farm But that is small comfort to the cows and the hens still prodded on their death march to the slaughterhousePollan hunted a feral pig to write about it Katz slaughtered a farm raised pig to eat it For Katz writing is an afterthought to eating as when he describes in necessary detail the physical difficulties of slaughtering a pig or a chicken And Katz's book in contrast to Pollan’s is one of few about food in which narrative use of the first person is welcomed and warranted This is because Katz’s life experiences and his resulting perspectives both are so very uniue For instance Katz expresses disillusionment with the pharmaceutical industry yet he admits to his dependence upon their pills and potions for treatment of his AIDS He even chronicles the long struggle of his unsuccessful attempt to survive and function without those pills and potions Such candor about being poz is rare and a testament to the author’s integrity Let’s hope that Katz copes well with AIDS and that he lives a long and healthy life long enough to complete his third book and fourth and fifth and sixth – Mark Mathew Braunstein

  10. Christina Christina says:

    As a result of reading this book I changed what kind of milk I buy Overall the book's activist than I am I'm not likely to take up dumpster diving as a means of food acuisition It's been good to be reminded though of the size and pervasiveness of the corporate food conglomerate From Roundup Ready to terminator seeds to suing farmers who save seeds to the buying power of large corporations not only driving small local farms out of business but determining what people should eat and it's rather scary Eating small and local is even important than you thought

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