The Third Plate - Dan Barber

The Third Plate

By Dan Barber

  • Publication Date: 2014-05-20
  • Genre: Social Science
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 18 Ratings)

Book Overview

“Not since Michael Pollan has such a powerful storyteller emerged to reform American food.” —The Washington Post

Today’s optimistic farm-to-table food culture has a dark secret: the local food movement has failed to change how we eat. It has also offered a false promise for the future of food. In his visionary New York Times–bestselling book, chef Dan Barber, recently showcased on Netflix’s Chef’s Table, offers a radical new way of thinking about food that will heal the land and taste good, too. Looking to the detrimental cooking of our past, and the misguided dining of our present, Barber points to a future “third plate”: a new form of American eating where good farming and good food intersect. Barber’s The Third Plate charts a bright path forward for eaters and chefs alike, daring everyone to imagine a future for our national cuisine that is as sustainable as it is delicious.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Users Reviews

  • Interesting read but inaccuracies make me question the author

    By s ann
    This book is an incredibly fascinating read and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in our current food culture. I gave it 3 stars because I'm not a huge fan of his writing style (it's a little ADHD for me) and also for some inaccuracies that make me question the truth in some of his statements. Most notably among the inaccuracies (so far, I'm still reading), he claims that because of the monoculture farming practices in the Plains states and the increase in average farm size plus the decrease in total farms, the U.S. census shows these factors contributing to a decrease in population in said states. Being from Oklahoma, comfortably situated in the Southern Plains, and watching the dramatic growth of Oklahoma City in the last decade, I wondered if the state as a whole was decreasing in population in the more rural areas. I checked a few separate reports and just as I imagined, Oklahoma has encountered a growth rate of 8.7% in the last fifteen years (the national average was -0.7% in the same time period). Extending my curiosity, I checked the growth rates for all the Plains states for the last three years, from Texas up to North Dakota, and they've all experienced growth above the national average. If the author can be so far off on hard facts, why should I believe anything else he has to say? And do publishers not fact-check high profile books anymore?
  • Amazing

    By benhider
    A really Fantastic read for the home cook, home gardener or wannabe farmer. Barber brings you along on an informative journey through both the history and current trends in growing and caring for food. Loved every chapter!