Why does food taste better when you know where it comes from? Because historyaecological, cultural, even personalaflavors every bite we eat. Whether itas the volatile chemical compounds that a plant absorbs from the soil or the stories and memories of places that are evoked by taste, layers of flavor await those willing to delve into the roots of real food. In this landmark book, Gary Paul Nabhan takes us on a personal trip into the southwestern borderlands to discover the terroirathe ataste of the placeaathat makes this desert so delicious. To savor the terroir of the borderlands, Nabhan presents a cornucopia of local foodsaMexican oregano, mesquite-flour tortillas, grass-fed beef, the popular Mexican dessert capirotada, and corvina (croaker or drum fish) among themaas well as food experiences that range from the foraging of Cabeza de Vaca and his shipwrecked companions to a modern-day camping expedition on the Rio Grande. Nabhan explores everything from the biochemical agents that create taste in these foods to their history and dispersion around the world. Through his field adventures and humorous stories, we learn why Mexican oregano is most potent when gathered at the most arid margins of its rangeaand why foods found in the remote regions of the borderlands have surprising connections to foods found by his ancestors in the deserts of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. By the end of his movable feast, Nabhan convinces us that the roots of this fascinating terroir must be anchored in our imaginations as well as in our shifting soils.Chapo was passing around the tortillas and the remains of the afternoona#39;s salad of mackerel, celery, onions, cilantro, mayonnaise, salsa, and lime juice. ... Arena#39;t we going to at least make some ceviche? ... aFAsjate, gringito, us fishermen get tired of eating fish day after frickina#39; day. ... He yodeled out a grito, then began to sing an old cowboy ballad about a horse race, aEl Moro de Cumpas.a PerrA³n winked at me. aWe need the remaining limones for MY FIRST (AND LAST) RODEO 109.
|Author||:||Gary Paul Nabhan|
|Publisher||:||University of Texas Press - 2012-02-29|