Slow Food Doesn’t Mean Waiting Forever

16 05 2009

Slow FoodSlow food? You mean like food you have to wait forever for? Or food that you have to chew 50 times before you can swallow?

Apparently I’ve been wrong about slow food for a long time. Slow food doesn’t mean waiting forever to eat, which is good because when I get the hunger cranks, I end up fishing around for something half-eaten in my backpack. Not okay.

I heard that South Village was holding a book launch for the Chinese version of Carlo Petrini’s latest book — Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, and Fair, and I decided to check it out. You see, Petrini is the founder of the “slow food movement.” Apparently it was a response to plans to build a McDonald’s near the Spanish Steps in Rome back in 1986.

But the real reason I wanted to visit South Village, was that proprietor Lulu Han was cooking up a slow food feast.

Lulu explains that slow food is about choosing food that is good for you and good for the planet. She uses fresh, local, seasonal ingrediants, only a little oil and some simple spices: mint, basil, corriander, sea salt.

Best of all, it’s not “slow” at all — she managed to cook up ten dishes that fed about 50 people in just a couple hours. Okay, maybe she had some help too… But still! Very impressive. And delicious!

The head of South Village, Lulu Han explains her ideas about slow food and the food that she has cooked for the book launch.

The head of South Village, Lulu Han explains her ideas about slow food and the food that she has cooked for the book launch.

You can hear the full interview, and a discussion of all things SLOW, in the May 16th, 2009 edition of Feast Meets West. You can find the link for the Saturday lineup next to “Saturday” in the upper-left-hand corner of the Radio Taiwan International home page.) The links are good for one week.

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