After 15 years living in Mixtec Indigenous civilization in the mountains of southern Mexico, Phil and Kathy Dahl-Bredine have facilitated the Mixtec campesinos of the Center for Integral Campesino Development of the Mixteca to express this rich cultural alternative. This bi-lingual book, Milpa! From Seed to Salsa, features the brilliant photography of Judith Haden, recipes from dozens of campesina chefs organized by Susana Trilling, and narratives from indigenous villages. It speaks of the manner in which this ancient/modern civilization plants and works, celebrates and governs itself, its rich cuisine and its vision of its place in the grand scheme of the planet Earth.
This colorful challenge to the dominant values of Western civilization helps us reflect upon the values that can assure a future for this planet that is the common home of our various civilizations. The book contains a prologue by indigenous campesino leader Jess Leon Santos, a Goldman prize recipient, and an afterword by noted agroecologist, Miguel Altieri.