We all know that fast food is king all over the world, but have you ever wondered what exactly slow food is and why it matters?
In our busy and exhausted era, Giselle Kennedy Lord from Slow Food USA stops by the podcast to explain why today it’s more important than ever to take the time to slow down and share a meal with other people. She shares why taking the time to cook and eat a proper meal has huge benefits for our physical and mental health and our planet’s biodiversity.
We dig into the tangible benefits of food culture, why food has such a powerful place in our memories, and what exactly was Anthony Bourdain’s biggest contribution to our understanding of the world.
Whether you’re looking to create more time for shared meals and travel in your life or searching for powerful ways to bring your community together, this episode is packed with the insight and inspiration you need to relate to food in a new light.
- Slow Food USA’s Website
- Slow Food’s Instagram
- Slow Food’s Facebook
- Slow Food’s Twitter
- Find a Slow Food chapter near you
- For a deeper history of fast food in America, Giselle recommended reading “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser
- Giselle firmly believes that food smells are deeply tied to our memories and scientific research supports this idea!
- We both had fond memories of Anthony Bourdain’s shows
- His visit to Vietnam, in particular, included some poignant observations about the empathy-building benefits of travel alongside former president Barack Obama
- Slow Food is working to preserve important ingredients and recipes through their Ark of Taste
- Here is some more info on the fascinating traditional method of preserving persimmons in Japan, that Giselle mentioned, Hoshigaki
- Giselle respects Lebanese cookbook author Barbara Masaad and recommends her cookbooks highly
- She also specifically praised Masaad’s philanthropic cookbook, “Soup for Syria: Recipes to Celebrate Our Shared Humanity”
- Giselle dreams of one day performing Love is a Battlefield by Pat Benatar
- Until that day, “Hypnotize” by Biggie Smalls is the song that will never fail to get her singing on the dance floor (fair warning that this song has explicit lyrics)
- Slow Food is celebrating 30 Years of Slow Food. Here’s where you can learn more: https://slowfoodusa.org/30-years/