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Why I am a member of the Slow Food movement

Posted Jul 08 2009 11:39am


Before being a beauty editor, I used to be a food editor and before that I was a part-time personal chef. Food is just part of who I am. I’m always thinking about food or I’m thinking about a new recipe. I receive four or five weekly newsletters and I’m always hunting for the next great food and flavour combination.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … if grocery shopping was an Olympic sport, I’d represent my country well!

I’d love to say that I’ve inherited my love of good food at home, but it’s something that I learned as an adult.

Of course, there is nothing quite like having to write about food to really become an expert on the subject and this is a luxury I’m very grateful to have had.

I’ve known about the Slow Food movement for a few years now (I discovered the organization while writing the third edition of my food guide), but it’s only now that I decided to make the time to join. There has been a chapter in Canada for a few years now and I feel fully ready to become more active in spreading the word and helping readers understand why it’s important to make time for slow foods and real foods as opposed to fast foods and junk foods.

Slow Food, like so many other good things in this world, finds its roots in Italy! The movement was created in 1986 by Italian food writer Carlo Petrini as a protest against the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Rome in 1986.

I really don’t have a good explanation as to why it took me so long to join, but I think my need to find a more balanced life has also pushed me into moving forward and taking the plunge. I really felt ready to become more active in the movement that praised good quality food and that praised the pleasure of sharing food with people. Regardless of the amount of chaos that has happened in the last few years, I’ve managed in some way to never forget to feed my body with high quality ingredients. I also wanted to be part of an organization where I can mingle with other people who also want to take certain aspect of their lives “slowly”.

I once made a joke with a guy I was seeing who asked me how come I always had sautéed onions in my fridge because “normal” people don’t have sautéed onions on hand … I explained that I sauté when I’m happy and I sauté when I’m sad. Regardless of my state of mind, I’m always more than happy to cook.

Slow Food is not only about sitting around a big table and eating elaborately prepared dishes with other foodies, Slow Food is also all about celebrating fresh, seasonal produce, local growers, recipes that have been handed down by a grandmother or a mother and artisans who have a passion for their craft … basically it’s the celebration of “REAL GOOD” food.

Another real aspect of Slow Food is that in the end it will save our planet because it’s a very eco-friendly way of living … if you buy from local growers you reduce the need for food to travel long distances and you also are eating food that is fresher because local growers can allow fruits and vegetables to mature a little longer in the soil. Don’t get me wrong, I would go into panic mode if I could no longer buy exotic fruits at my local grocery shop, but when it comes to fruits like apples … I’ll buy locally grown fruits over exports.

I’m sure that there will be many food events to share with you and many recipes and food ideas to talk about.

I hope you’ll keep reading about my Slow Food adventures!

I’ve read many testimonials in favour of the Slow Food movement and I’ve read feedback from many happy members, but the following testimonial is of Royal proportions:

“I am an enormous admirer of the Slow Food Movement and of the remarkable work it has done to encourage sustainable agriculture, to increase appreciation of good food and to celebrate and share the knowledge - often developed over millennia - of the traditions involved with quality food production.”

– HRH Charles, the Prince of Wales

If you want to know more about a local chapter of this food movement, you can find details on their Web site: Slow Food


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