I met my husband to be just before Earth Day at a food coop organizational meeting with the students and the American Friends Service Committee at Caltech The book s story parallels our experiences with natural food, the back to the land movement and cooperative, democratic organizations I still cook whole grains and buy organic foods My son s first job while in high school was at a worker owned and run natural food store It was a nostalgia trip reading about our contemporaries The good things of the movement are still with us Alas, corporatization has gobbled up the independent brands and stores that created and promoted awareness of organic food even though it has increased availability. Hippie Food is rigorously researched and entertainingly written, but falls short significantly in recognizing the contributions of non whites in the popularization of brown rice and macrobiotics, vegetarianism and tofu.Author Jonathan Kauffman notes in the introduction of the book One of the uncomfortable, even painful, inadequacies of this movement, which became clear to me with each new chapter I researched, was how white it was.Over and over again, counterculture publications would ask Why aren t we reaching nonwhite audiences Many groups would make a cursory appeal and give up, or settle for one or two token members I would argue, to some extent, Hippie Food has ended up in the same boat It recognizes and perpetuates the problem in one book It points to the fact that the United States was 87 percent white in 1970, according to US Census data, as if to explain the lack of non white representation Statistical insignificance is historical insignificance, apparently Disappointing. James Beard Award NomineeAn Enlightening Narrative History An Entertaining Fusion Of Tom Wolfe And Michael Pollan That Traces The Colorful Origins Of Once Unconventional Foods And The Diverse Fringe Movements, Charismatic Gurus, And Counterculture Elements That Brought Them To The Mainstream And Created A Distinctly American CuisineFood Writer Jonathan Kauffman Journeys Back Than Half A Century To The S And S To Tell The Story Of How A Coterie Of Unusual Men And Women Embraced An Alternative Lifestyle That Would Ultimately Change How Modern Americans Eat Impeccably Researched, Hippie Food Chronicles How The Longhairs, Revolutionaries, And Back To The Landers Rejected The Square Establishment Of President Richard Nixon S America And Turned To A Idealistic And Wholesome Communal Way Of Life And FoodFrom The Mystical Rock And Roll Cult Known As The Source Family And Its Legendary Vegetarian Restaurant In Hollywood To The Diggers Brown Bread In The Summer Of Love To The Rise Of The Co Op And The Origins Of The Organic Food Craze, Kauffman Reveals How Today S Quotidian Whole Foods Staples Including Sprouts, Tofu, Yogurt, Brown Rice, And Whole Grain Bread Were Introduced And Eventually Became Part Of Our Diets From Coast To Coast, Through Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, And Vermont, Kauffman Tracks Hippie Food S Journey From Niche Oddity To A Cuisine That Hit Every Corner Of This CountryA Slick Mix Of Gonzo Playfulness, Evocative Detail, Skillful Pacing, And Elegant Writing, Hippie Food Is A Lively, Engaging, And Informative Read That Deepens Our Understanding Of Our Culture And Our Lives Today Reading Hippie Food was fascinating it revealed the history of so many of the food traditions that I have cherished for decades The histories go back to the late 19th century when earlier proponents of eating healthier food challenged the increasing control of industry over the foods that people ate He covers a lot of territory health and fitness aficionados who opened restaurants, how baking bread esp brown bread and providing free food was a revolutionary act the rise of brown rice and how that really changed the way people thought about food communes and food co ops, and how these things all form the foundation of the new hippie food we all eat today.Kauffman skillfully weaves the links of the interconnections of the stories in a way that flows naturally and is exciting to read He s got a great sense of humor as well with sly digs at some dietary experimenters incomplete, at best, knowledge of nutrition.People were creative, passionate and dedicated to changing the world through the way they eat and did the best they could to share their experiences and knowledge with everyone around them To be honest reading this book, I feel like I discovered the lost history of my people I want to get this book for so many people I know I recommend it to everyone Great I was there My boyfriend at the time pulled me into the basement Erewhon on Newbury St and stated we were on a bad eating trip I was young and must have looked stupid as Root gave me a long lecture on how to cook brown rice I had all of these cookbooks at one time I don t have an obsessive personality, so I used a part of each and still do To me the best part of that movement was back to the land , where I went and stayed with all my gardens We were so altruistic weren t we Am I glad the supermarkets now have little plastic containers of yogurt and organic vegetables because of our drive for a better world I guess Kauffman does a great job with his research It was interesting to hear the California back story What I say is, eat good food not necessarily exotic Thank you Johnathan Kauffman for thememories And you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here Talking Heads.This book, which I won from a goodreads giveaway explains how we in the USA, which is its focus got from a place of canned foods, casseroles and processed meats to a place where you can buy organic greens and tofu in Wal Mart and you can use Prime for discounts at Whole Foods It doesn t tell you how you should eat see Michael Pollen for that, he does a fine job but just tells the story of the misfits, hippies, health junkies, anarchists, body builders, Seventh Day Adventists and others who made it possible to eat real food, strange food and real strange food anywhere in the land of the free. I have been a self taught cook since the age of 12 Two of the cookbooks that were important to me as a young cook were early 1980s editions of hippie cookbooks, The New Laurel s Kitchen and Whole Foods for the Whole Family Before I ever baked a fluffy loaf of challah I struggled with a sticky loaf of whole wheat bread from Laurel s bread chapter So when I came across Hippie Food I was eager to read how those dense, earnest foods came to be Hippie Food delivers, with rambling chapters about co ops, back to the land farms, tofu, and macrobiotic foods I had always wondered what that was I heartily recommend it to anyone who has an enthusiasm for slightly out of the mainstream health foods and history. I received my copy free through Goodreads Giveaway. Wow This was an extremely informative and utterly fascinating read on the conception of hippie food Divided into chapters that included the birth of macrobiotic philosophy, organic farming, health food restaurants Moosewood, to food Co ops, this book explored the how, when, why, and where of all things hippie I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is the book I ve wanted to read for years on the food revolutions of the late 60s and the 70s, and how they gradually shifted the whole US food scene Kaufman interviewed the aging flower children and farmers and restaurateurs who were there, he s funny, and he managed to make an organized and entertaining book out of a baggy monster of material.
Jonathan Kauffman grew up in a lentil loving Mennonite family in Northern Indiana in the 1970s He went to college in the Twin Cities and then moved to San Francisco After working as a line cook for a number of years, he left the kitchen for what seemed at the time like the lucrative world of journalism Jonathan was a restaurant critic for 11 years in the Bay Area and Seattle East Bay Expr
- 352 pages
- Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat
- Jonathan Kauffman
- 18 March 2018 Jonathan Kauffman