California leads the nation in the international slow food movement, whose goal is to foster regional and traditional cuisines while connecting to and honoring the local ecosystem. Think of terms of locavorism and the farm-to-fork concept.
Which is a lot to digest. Helping is "Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need to Get it Back" by Ann Vileisis (Island Press, $22.50, 360 pages).
Helping further will be Vileisis' free presentation, at which she will discuss "the story of American food from early colonial farmers to the advent of canning and processing, to today's huge industrial food producers." Appetizers and wine will be served at the pre-event reception.
The evening will start at 6:30 Oct. 12 at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, 1914 Alhambra Blvd.; (916) 455-2667, www.sacfoodcoop.com. The presentation is co-sponsored by Slow Food Sacramento, www.slowfoodsacramento.com.