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I nt r oduct i on Cookbooksar e gener al l yr oot ed i n a par t i cul art heme,cui s i ne,orpl ace. Thi scookbooks eekst o pr ov i de a s naps hotofwhatcooki ng and eat i ng l ooksl i ke i n Gr i nnel l ,i nt hi spar t i cul armoment–a momentt hati scons t r uct ed byi ngr edi ent s ,t i me,s pace,and peopl e. Much ofourdai l yl i f ei scent er ed ar ound f ood.Howev er ,f ood pr oduct i on and pr epar at i on i sof t en a s ubt l e,uns een pr oces s .Too of t en,eat i ng becomesa neces s i t y,ev en an i nconv eni ence,r at hert han a wayt o gr ound ourl i v es .Thi scookbooks eekst o puti nt ent i onal i t ybacki nt o cooki ng and eat i ng. Some oft he r eci pescont ai ned i nt hi scookbookar e nat i v et ot hi spl ace, butmanyar e a pr oductofmov ementand ofar r i v al .Though i ti ss omet i mesdi f f i cul tt o det er mi ne wher e ex act l yr eci pescome f r om,t hi scookbooks eekst ot r ace t hem t hr ough t i me and s pace.Yet ,t he or i gi ni snot neces s ar i l ywhati si mpor t ant ,butr at hert he pr oces st hathasconnect ed t hem t o Gr i nnel l .Reci pesdo notneed t o or i gi nat ei n Gr i nnel li n or dert o hav ea v er yr eali mpacton pl ace. The pr oces sofmaki ng and eat i ng f ood i spar t i cul ar l yconduci v et o cons t r uct i ng communi t y.Mos toft he r eci pesi nt hi sbookhav e been made and eat en wi t hf r i ends ,of t en i n ourown hous e.When we t houghtabout how pl acebas ed educat i on connect swi t h ourex per i encesatGr i nnel l , cooki ng and eat i ng t oget hers t ood outasa s hi ni ng ex ampl e. I n herbookAni mal ,Veget abl e,Mi r acl eBar bar a Ki ngs ol v ers ays ,“ f ood cul t ur ei nt he Uni t ed St at eshasl ong been cas tast he pr oper t yofa pr i v i l eged cl as s .I ti snot hi ng oft he ki nd.Cul t ur ei st he pr oper t yofa s peci es ”( 16) .She r i ght f ul l ypoi nt soutt hatf ood cul t ur es houl d be s een asa commons-one t hatmus tbe pr es er v ed and s har ed.Bypai r i ng r eci pes wi t hs t or i es ,we hope t o br i ng cooki ng t ol i f e;we hope t o under s t and t he wayspeopl es hape f ood,butal s ot he waysf ood s hape peopl e. Thr ough t he l ensofcooki ng,we wi l lex pl or e whatwe bel i ev et o be t he f ourpi l l ar sofpl acebas ed educat i on:t he l ocal ,i nt er gener at i onalknowl edge,ex per i ent i all ear ni ng,and ecoj us t i ce.Rat hert han el abor at i ng upon t hes e pi l l ar si nt hi st ex t ,we bel i ev ei twi l lbe mor ef r ui t f ult oi nt er s per s e t hem wi t h ourr eci pest o gi v et hem gr eat ercont ex t .

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