In a journey that takes us around the world, Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love is an exploration of our favorite foods and how to save them.
I really enjoyed this book. Aside from being an exploration into basically all of my favorite food groups (except the octopus, which seemed random anyway), the book is chock-full of really valuable nuggets of information about how our eating habits have evolved over time and the multitude of ripple effects those changes have set off. While I wish that some of those nuggets had been better developed and organized, the book was a call to action for eaters everywhere that was easy to connect to.
I also really enjoyed the voice of author Simran Sethi. Her frank and personal tone makes it easy to care about the subjects she discusses, even as she delves fearlessly into the technical aspects of the production of these foods. While in some places it felt awkward to be inserting personal narrative into the story of the cacao plant, it ultimately became endearing and made me invest more into her stories.
The one thing I wish Sethi had addressed further in this book was how to take action to change our eating patterns and support the biodiversity that we've been destroying. Tell me where I should be buying coffee that is grown right and benefits the farmers. Tell me how to tell where the beer I'm drinking gets its hops. Tell me how to be a part of the positive change, not just how to taste these wonderful things (again, except octopus. Shudder.).
Definitely worth a read if you're someone who has ever enjoyed any of these foods / beverages. Which is everyone who has ever eaten. It'll make you think harder about your role in the food chain and in the world, and that's never a bad thing.