Locavore Adventures ($22.95, 240 pp), by Jim Weaver, is part recipe book, part memoir. It recounts the story of Weaver's time as a restaurant owner angered with the middleman's negative interference with the quality of his produce orders. Weaver soon discovered the Slow Food Movement, which promises "to preserve and protect local foods and local food traditions" as part of its message. The book chronicles his journey in the movement, and his efforts to build a strong, locally-grown food culture.

Rutgers University Press, 100 Joyce Kilmer Ave., Piscataway, NJ 08854, www.rutgerspress.rutgers.edu

Published by WholeFoods Magazine Online (online 6/27/12)