Author Gary Paul Nabhan will be in Tucson this Friday to talk about his book Desert Terroir. If you've ever considered getting your mind blown by a storyteller who easily weaves ethnobotany, food, culture, history and humor into one tight fabric, you might want to attend.
Nabhan will speak at 7 p.m., Friday, May 18 at Antigone Books. From a description on the Antigone website:
"Terroir" is a term used to describe how characteristics of the land affect the flavors of the foods produced from it — the "taste of the place." Why does food taste better when you know where it comes from? Because history — ecological, cultural, even personal — flavors every bite we eat. Whether it's the volatile chemical compounds that a plant absorbs from the soil or the stories and memories of places that are evoked by taste, layers of flavor await those willing to delve into the roots of real food. In this landmark book, Gary Paul Nabhan takes us on a personal trip into the southwestern borderlands to discover the terroir that makes this desert so delicious.