Cover photo of Heyser Farms by Kristi Bahrenburg Janzen
Coming in September 2018 from Johns Hopkins University Press!
In The Chesapeake Table, Renee Brooks Catacalos examines the powerful effect of eating local in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Hooked on the local food movement from its early days, Catacalos opens the book by revisiting a personal challenge to only buy, prepare, and eat food grown within a 150-mile radius of her home near Washington, DC. From her in-depth, on-the-ground study of food systems in the region, Catacalos offers practical advice for adopting a locavore diet and getting involved in various entry-points to food pathways, from shopping at your local farmer’s market to joining a CSA. She also includes recipes for those curious about how they can make their own more environmentally conscious food choices.
Introducing readers to the vast edible resources of the Chesapeake region, Catacalos focuses on the challenges of environmental and economic sustainability, equity and diversity in the farming and food professions, and access and inclusion for local consumers of all income levels, colors, ethnicities, and geographies. Touching on everything from farm-based breweries and distilleries to urban hoophouse farms to grass-fed beef, The Chesapeake Table celebrates the people working hard to put great local food on our plates.