Community Table: Recipes for an Ecological Food Future
by the Ecology Center
Featuring a chapter by Long Beach Chef Paul Buchanan
Knowing we're at a turning point in food, politically, environmentally, and culturally, this project started by looking for solutions. What can we do now to shape our future? We then decided to take action, drawing together the most passionate farmers, chefs, and volunteers we could to literally bring people to the table to have a real conversation about where their food came from and what's happening in the world of it.
More than a cookbook, this is a manual for an abundant and thriving ecological food future. Community Table: Recipes for an Ecological Food Future reflects The Ecology Center's commitment to building a culinary community that engages consumers, farmers, chefs, and purveyors equally, and celebrates the beauty of connecting around the table. Community Table celebrates the farmers and chefs who model how to prepare and enjoy delicious food while also respecting our shared ecosystem.
Throughout 2016, The Ecology Center invited Community Table Accord chefs and farmers to develop a series of curated dining experiences. Centered around the organization's 10 Principles of a Regenerative Food System, these committed chefs and farmers shared the story of food from farm to plate. Each dinner provided a space for community education as well as inspired dialogue around the challenges and solutions inherent in our food system.
This extraordinary series was documented to create a one-of-a-kind cookbook. This book celebrates a year’s worth of incredible dinners through a deep exploration of our food landscape. Chefs, farmers, and purveyors share their role in the food system to build awareness and demonstrate opportunities for all to make a change. This is The Ecology Center's first of what they hope will be many manuals to be written, so that together we can continue to improve our food system and celebrate those who lead the way.
From seasonally-inspired recipes to sourcing suggestions to addressing the importance of polyculture farming,Community Table merges diverse recipes and resources with actionable tips and solutions. In doing so, the table is set for an abundant and nourishing future that celebrates delicious food and the inherent interconnectedness of our ecosystems.