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The deepest roots : finding food and community on a Pacific Northwest island  Cover Image Book Book

The deepest roots : finding food and community on a Pacific Northwest island / Kathleen Alcalá ; photos by Joel Sackett.

Alcalá, Kathleen, 1954- (author.). Sackett, Joel, (photographer.).

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  • ISBN: 9780295999388
  • ISBN: 0295999381
  • Physical Description: xii, 344 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2016]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A Ruth Kirk book."
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
What we have always known -- To market -- School me -- Growing our own -- Feast or famine? -- What we can do together -- Otaku -- Last song.
Summary, etc.:
As friends began "going back to the land" at the same time that a health issue emerged, Kathleen Alcalá set out to reexamine her relationship with food at the most local level. Remembering her parents, Mexican immigrants who grew up during the Depression, and the memory of planting, growing, and harvesting fresh food with them as a child, she decided to explore the history of the Pacific Northwest island she calls home. In The Deepest Roots, Alcalá walks, wades, picks, pokes, digs, cooks, and cans, getting to know her neighbors on a much deeper level. Wanting to better understand how we once fed ourselves, and acknowledging that there may be a future in which we could need to do so again, she meets those who experienced the Japanese American internment during World War II, and learns the unique histories of the blended Filipino and Native American community, the fishing practices of the descendants of Croatian immigrants, and the Suquamish elder who shares with her the food legacy of the island itself. Combining memoir, historical records, and a blueprint for sustainability, The Deepest Roots shows us how an island population can mature into responsible food stewards and reminds us that innovation, adaptation, diversity, and common sense will help us make wise decisions about our future. And along the way, we learn how food is intertwined with our present but offers a path to a better understanding of the future.
Subject: Food supply > Washington (State) > Bainbridge Island > Anecdotes.
Local foods > Washington (State) > Bainbridge Island > Anecdotes.
Food supply.
Local foods.
Washington (State) > Bainbridge Island.
Genre: Anecdotes.

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