Deeply Rooted Book Reading at Incanto [events]

Bad boy chef Chris Cosentino's restaurant Incanto, in San Francisco's Noe Valley, hosted a book reading last night from author Lisa Hamilton's. Hamilton's latest book, Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farming in the Age of Agribusiness (buy at Amazon), is both a clear-eyed look at the small-scale farmer's place in contemporary American society, and a case for recalibrating their position and movement to reclaim the influence and value they once had.

The crowd of about 70 publishing insiders, family-farmer proponents, and friends of Hamilton and Incanto sat for a reading from the book — Hamilton (stunning and statuesque, in that "I'm really passionate about farming" way) gave a heartfelt retelling of her experience with Virgil Trujillo, a ranchlands manager at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.

Afterwards, over Cosentino-prepared canapes (halibut ceviche served in appetizer spoons, and pesto, parmesan and pine nut-dressed linguine pre-wrapped around forks) and Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel (presided over by farmer and vintner Will Bucklin), the guests mingled and enjoyed themselves. Deeply Rooted is positioned as an important new book about sustainable food in America, and, after having heard Hamilton read it, we're inclined to agree.

—Cammie Nguyen

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