"An ideal addition to any coffee-table book collection, this tome features gorgeous sepia-tone photographs and evocative writing that take readers on a journey through Tuscany by way of food."
"You find yourself fully immersed, taking in all the interconnected moments of life that have been compressed into the image, and above all else, slowing down. And by this feat the book perfectly communicates and exemplifies the Slow Food movement that this region birthed.
It is a wonderful celebration of a lifestyle that links the food we eat with the community in which we live."
"At first glance, this photographic gallery of daily life in Pistoia may be mistaken for a journey back in time. The sepia-toned photographs of rural people tending a vineyard or a chicken or a hand of cards, of local butchers and cheese makers, tell the story of artist and filmmaker Gayeton's journey forward into a community still connected to its land. It is a place where olives are still picked by hand, a peasant wisdom sometimes wins out over modern technology, and the production of food and culinary tradition is integral to the character of its people.
Gayeton expresses and celebrates the intimacy of that relationship with his stunning photographs that are artfully annotated in playful script, making each photograph a story of its own."
SLOW: Life in a Tuscan Town is a fine achievement blending a personal journey into Tuscany with discussions of the basics of the Slow Food movement. Words and pictures are used to create a narrative on this movement,, journeying from a small town outside of Florence where mushroom hunters and sheep farmers dominate to recipes, handwritten travel notes, culinary facts, and more.
The visual and written approach is homestyle culinary history at its best: perfect for any international cooking library."
"Gayeton's book is full of characters such as Cecchini, each captured in stunning sepia photographs. The danger of a visually dazzling large-format book such as Slow is that the nuances of the story are eclipsed. Gayeton is adamant that Slow is not a coffee-table book where you can dip in and out, but rather a story with a beginning, middle and an end. Perhaps it can be both — and just like slow food, it takes time to get to that moment of understanding. But you are better off for having made the extra effort."
"There are two kinds of food books—those that take on a sauce-splattered patina and a permanent place above the stove, and those that sit on the coffee table, a visual reminder to guests that their host is serious about food. SLOW is definitely among the latter, although it stands out primarily because it's impossible to blithely flip through.
Douglas Gayeton has created a new kind of food book, one that demands that readers stop on every page, examine each arresting photo carefully and find the hidden gems lurking within the frame. He does this by literally writing the stories of Tuscans atop sepia-toned photographs catching them in the act of raising, foraging for, preparing and eating food. Not every image depicts the act of consuming (we also meet a cobbler, a few chatty men on a street corner and a handful of other locals), but the most engrossing are those that capture culinary artisans--butchers, pasta masters, winemakers, all trapped in time and bound by tradition. It's as good of a gift as any we can think of, although don't expect the recipient to look up for a while."
"In an absorbing culinary and cultural journey, well-known photographer and multi-media artist Douglas Gayeton illustrates the underlying essence of the slow-food movement and the authentic nature of domestic Italian life.
He presents expressive and anecdotal photographs, stories, and carefully selected text to slowly introduce us to thte locals of Pistoia, a region in Tuscany, Italy, whose lives are interwoven in the process of growing, preparing, and eating food. Everyday rhythms of life become fascinating as we meet and learn about each family member and friend, local baker and butcher, local cheese maker and chocolate maker. With each story, their connections to the land and resulting thousand-year old traditions rae revealed, giving us precious insight into a more organic way of living.
Beginning with a single photographs as his guide, Gayeton's person search for his Italian family proves amusing and passionately genuine. Each photograph is taken in an effort to define and give life to every individual; by fusing multiple photographs together he creates a panoramic perspective, showing us in one image what we would normally experience over several seconds or minutes in real time. In this way, Gayeton's method of documenting a moment in time, while telling a story, creates a book that is rich and compelling.
"In Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town, filmmaker, photographer and writer Douglas Gayeton has created an unusual visual foray into Pistoia, a small Italian town near Florence where he went in search of a soulful connection with the culture, the people, the land—and his own life. With introductions by Carlo Petrini (founder of the Slow Food movement) and renowned chef Alice Waters, Gayeton's personal photographic journey comprises sepia-toned images of Pistoia's people, places and food—pictures that are layered composites of multiple photographs taken over minutes and hours. Compressed in this way, Gayeton's insightful pictures form a timeline and tell a story more effectively than any single still photograph could do.
The images are made even more powerful and memorable through the author's moving, often amusing anecdotal essays and the captions, quotes, commentary and recipes that are hand-scrawled upon the photos. Slow celebrates an intimate connection with a rural Italian landscape and the people living upon it, who are engaged in the timeless pleasures of growing, preparing and eating good, wholesome food.
What makes Gayeton's photographs remarkable is that they are comprised of multiple photographs taken over the course of times ranging from ten minutes to several hours. "With this process," says Gayeton, "I have managed to introduce the concept of time, both compressed and exploded, into my work." Slow Food guru Alice Waters contributes the introduction. After reading and looking through this book, you may want to give serious thought to heading for Tuscany."
In fact, when we held Slow Food's first major event in the US this past September, Slow Food Nation in San Francisco attended by 85,000 people, we supported the first exhibition of Gayeton's photographs. The tremendously positive response to the show received leaves us no doubt that his plans to publish them in a book will also find a wide and passionate audience.
We look forward to following the book's progress and would love to have a look at it before it goes to press. Again, we wish you the best of luck with this project."
Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town is a photo book that feels like a warm, friendly, home movie by a talented artist who isn't afraid to share embarrassing moments as well as authentic insights. It's quite delicious in a visual, visceral and cerebral sense."