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Now Available: Growing Roots by Katherine Leiner

We’re excited to announce the release of Growing Roots: The New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks, and Food Activists, by Katherine Leiner – a book dedicated to the growing movement of young sustainable farmers and food activists in America.

Growing Roots is about a new revolution in food that involves young people who are living sustainable lives that revolve around healthy, natural food.

The book introduces us to farmers and beekeepers, fishermen and chefs, food activists and cheesemongers, and many, many more. We meet these fascinating young people from all across the nation through first-person profiles, along with brilliant photographs and delicious, simple recipes. They talk about raising grass-fed beef, lamb, and pork; growing vegetables and grains; keeping bees and making cheese; and their restaurants and their markets. Included are filmmakers, writers, and artists who change the way we look at what we eat and where our food comes from. In their profiles we learn how these young people got to where they are today, their backgrounds, their education, and their passionate relationship to food.

Michael Pollan says of the book, “Growing Roots introduces us to a few dozen young food pioneers through their words, photos and, even more usefully, through their recipes. Think of it as a community cookbook for the food movement.”

Katherine is already out and about promoting her book – you can view her extensive tour schedule here. Feel free to visit her website and the book’s Facebook page for additional information. Also, read an excerpt from the book here!


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