The movement's stated mission of seeking food that is equally "good, clean & fair" cuts to the core of my food interests. Slow Food's claim "we believe that the food we eat should taste good; be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare, or human health; and that its producers should receive fair remuneration for their work" are words that flow just as freely from my own lips.
In the summer of 2008, I traveled alone (someone has to stick around to care for our little homestead, this being before we'd secured a trusty house-sitter!) to San Francisco for Slow Food America's "Come to the Table" conference. It proved to be a life-changing, immensely transformative experience, that won't soon be forgotten.
We're all about "slow" living, chez English. From drawn-out, rambly meals with friends, to spontaneous pancake breakfasts with my mom (we added fresh blueberries & wineberries from the yard to Hub's "pancakes of perfection" this past Sunday!), we adore taking time, care, love, attention, precision, and fascination with all things food related.
And so, in recognition of my slow food love affair, today I'm offering up The Pleasures of Slow Food, a gorgeous book loaded with recipes that take a bit of time, but are worth every delicious bite. To enter, simply list the food you love to make that takes a bit of extra time, love, and/or elbow grease. I'll offer mine: salted chocolate chip cookies. Not the sort of affair you whip up and consume in 30 minutes, these tasty morsels require the patience of 36 hours before their sweet salty goodness is yours. Do it, though. Bide your time, read a novel (this is my recent fascination), make some lemonade, count fireflies, and then, finally, eat your heart out.
The giveaway will run through next Monday, July 11th (which, incidentally, is my 35th birthday!), midnight EST. PLEASE leave a way for me to contact you, should you be the winner, via either an e-mail address, blog, or website. I'll randomly choose a winner (via the random widget) and post the winnings the next day.
I've had inquires about why I only open my contests to U.S. residents. The answer is that I'm just a simple, stay-at-home writer and mom, on a budget like so many others. If international folks would like to try their hand at winning, that's fine by me, just know that I might need you to go in on the postage with me, perhaps via Pay Pal, as one small measure wrote and suggested.
*If you'd like to read another "slow"-focused small measure post, check out this little ditty on "slow design" from awhile back.