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Q. How can Americans learn—or relearn—to start cultivating that sense, a taste of place?

A. You can actually see that happening right now. I think all the efforts to localize the food system and to support smaller-scale farming could be understood as embracing a taste of place; so could community supported agriculture (CSA), farmers’ markets and farm-to-table movements. Figure out one or two foods or drinks—like wine, cheese or bread—that are considered very particular to where you live and really investigate them. Find out more about the food’s history. Talk to the people who make it. Take the time to savor it and to really consider what it tastes like. Think while you’re eating it and have a conversation about it.

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