Welcome to the Slow Food Study Guide. This guide serves as an introduction to some of the library's resources on this topic, and links to some other online sources that we think might interest you.
The Slow Food movement began in Italy in 1986, and spread to North America in 2000. In Canada, the Slow Food Movement has been active for over ten years, with especially strong presences in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. There is a Winnipeg chapter of the Movement, and a link to their site is posted a little further down this page.
Within this guide you will find information on topics such as sustainability, local growing and eating, advocacy groups, and other initiatives connected with this movement. This guide is a starting point; a collection of resources which will help you get started with your research--as such, it is not definitive.
Doing research is a time-consuming process. We are happy to help you with this process, so please ask!
Slow Food Nation: Why our food should be good, clean and fair.
This book is by Carlo Petrini, the founder of the Slow Food Movement. It is in the stacks at the Brandon branch of the Western Manitoba Regional Library, or available by inter-library loan from any other branch. Its call number is 641.013 Pet.
You might also be interested in some of these books, which address the concepts of the Slow Food Movement, and are available to patrons of the Western Manitoba Regional Library:
Michael Pollan: In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
Mark Bittman: Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating
Alisa Smith and J. B. Mackinnon: the 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating
If you are interested in finding other books, follow the tips below:
* Use the library catalog to search for books in our collection. * You can search by keyword. * Try to keep your search general to start, and narrow as you go. *Try using alternate keywords, or synonyms. * Some of the items in our catalog have a table of contents, or brief abstract in the long record. * Click on the title of any item in our catalog to see more information.
We can help you make the most of your catalog search session, so ask us how!
Electronic books are also accessible via the library's catalogue, by clicking on the eLibraries Manitoba link on the left side of the library's homepage. That will take you to the eLibraries site, where you can search for digital media resources like this one:
The Slow Down Diet by Marc David presents an eight-week program allowing readers to shed excess pounds, with the new understanding that fully enjoying each meal is an important part of optimal health. Marc David presents a new way to understand our relationship to food, focusing on quality and the possibilities of pleasure in eating to transform and improve metabolism.
You may also search for ebooks directly in the library's catalogue. Clicking on ebook links there will connect you with the eLibraries Manitoba site.
Official site for Canada's Slow Food movement. Includes listings for regional groups (Convivia), an event calendar, and a list of the 13 uniquely Canadian foods that this organization has worked to preserve in the Ark of Taste.
* Books/Monographs - try the Library Catalog first. * Newspaper Articles - try the Newspaper Databases * Journal Articles - try the Databases.
* A specific Journal or a specific Newspaper - try the "Journal/Newspaper Title" field in the Advanced Search screen, but use this only when you know the EXACT title of the newspaper or journal you wish to search for.
Make sense? If not - we're always here to help.
Use AND, OR or NOT to narrow or broaden your search.
ie. Canada AND Manitoba (this gives you only results that have both words somewhere in the record = FEWER results)
Canada OR Manitoba (this gives you results that have either of your search terms = MORE results)
Canada NOT Manitoba (this gives results that have the first word but not the second word, anywhere in the record = FEWER results)
"Advanced Search" is useful when combining search terms, or performing complex searches.
You can also search the library's Ebscohost database for articles about the Slow Food Movement. Online resources like Ebscohost are common to libraries, and can provide you with more options for researching your topic.
What is an Ebscohost database, and what is it used for?
To get materials for your research. Ebscohost provides a platform for searching online content that is quite often not freely available on the Internet at large. Databases can have journal articles, books, newspapers, or other types of documents. Each database may have more than one kind of material – journal articles AND books, for example. Sometimes databases contain a copy of the document that you can read online (this is called full-text), and sometimes databases have only a description of an item, meaning you still have to locate the item yourself (this is called a citation). If you need help accessing an article, please see us for assistance.
Why use databases?
Lots of reasons – let’s consider a few.
1. You will get materials that are not available for free on the internet.
2. You can search a subject specific database – meaning we have may have databases that deal only with the subject areas in which you are interested, be that Native Studies, or History, or Newspapers, or whatever. This can help you do research much more quickly.
3. To find specific types of materials – books titles or reviews, articles from magazines, scholarly (ie. "peer-reviewed") articles, and so on. Journal articles and newspaper articles are not usually found in the standard library catalogue.
For example: in the Advanced Search screen, using the search terms "slow food" and Subject Terms in the dropdown menu yields results like these:
"Slow Food Revisited" from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Information "Slow" from Natural Life magazine "Savouring the Seasons" from Native Peoples Magazine
Terra Madre brings together those players in the food chain who together support sustainable agriculture, fishing, and breeding with the goal of preserving taste and biodiversity. This includes food communities, cooks, and researchers who are working in this field (no pun intended).
The Slow Food Foundation is a non-profit organization that coordinates numerous projects that uphold Slow Food ideals and endeavours. This site also lists all the Ark of Taste products, searchable by country, and outlines various initiatives like A Thousand Gardens in Africa and Earth Markets.
This video expands the concept of Slow Food into other areas of life, emphasizing "slowness" and mindfulness as desirable goals. TED Talks Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life.
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