Join photographer Scott Squire and writer William Emery as they meander—bewildered, impressionable, and wry—through the roads, back roads, and backwaters of America’s greatest agricultural valley. Leaving behind the packaged comforts of supermarkets and restaurants, the pair roamed California’s Central Valley in search of “edibilists,” or those engaged in the production of their own food.
Their travels take them from one end of California to the other, turning the familiar on its head—a jam maker advocating for “nonviolent agriculture,” medicinal Mien “bitter balls” offered at a roadside stand—and revealing the unexpected—artisan vegetable popsicles and a mysterious egret palace. Folklorists of food and questioners of its status quo, Emery and Squire exhort you: seek not the edge, but the edges.
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