Luis Sepúlveda

Carlo Petrini



© Slow Food © Ezio Zigliani



Born in 1949 in northern Chile, Luis Sepúlveda is the bestselling author of the longseller The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly, which sold over five million copies worldwide. He has many highly acclaimed literary awards to his name, among others the Primavera de Novela Prize, and has written short stories, novellas, plays, radioplays and essays. Due to his political activities in the students’ movement Luis Sepúlveda had to leave Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship. Since 1997 he lives in Gijón, Spain.


Carlo Petrini was born in Bra in the northwestern Italian region of Piedmont in 1949. He studied Sociology and is the founder and president of the Slow Food movement. After its phenomenal global expansion to over 100,000 members in 150 countries, Carlo Petrini created a number of other bodies on the same theme, including the Terra Madre network. In September 2013, he was awarded the Champions of the Earth Prize by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Carlo Petrini has written a number of highly-acclaimed books on the topic of food and the environment.



Is happiness still possible in these hectic times, as our daily routine moves ever further from its natural rhythm towards a world ruled by machines and technology? Is there still room simply to enjoy life?

In Un’idea di felicità (“An Idea of Happiness”), Carlo Petrini and Luis Sepúlveda say there is. All we need to do is take the time that is at our disposal and decide for ourselves what we want to do with it.

While sharing their respective views on topics like progress, living together, environment, politics, gastronomy and literature, both men plead for a life where humans and their needs are what really matters.

Discussing his varied experiences in the most diverse of places, the Chilean author Luis Sepúlveda concludes that despite our different customs and traditions, we are all in the end looking for happiness. Having taken many a heavy blow of fate, for Sepúlveda this is no trivial issue. For him as for Carlo Petrini, happiness is to be found living in accordance with nature, observing a healthy diet, slowing down and living life to the fullest.


The book sold over 30,000 copies in Italy so far and will be presented in Turin at the world’s largest food and wine fair, the Salone del Gusto, in October 2014.



The real treasure today is time. Un’idea di felicità shows us how to find it.

La Repubblica


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Un’idea di felicità

Milan: Guanda 2014, 168 p.

France: Métailié 2016 Germany: Oekom Verlag 2015Portugal: Porto Editora 2015 Turkey: Can



Books by Carlo Petrini (selection)

Cibo e libertà

Florence: Giunti-Slow Food 2013


Terra Madre. Come non farci mangiare dal cibo

Florence: Giunti-Slow Food 2009, 173 p.

Germany: Hallwag 2011, Gräfe und Unzer 2011

US: Chelsea Green 2010


Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, and Fair

(English edition)

Rizzoli 2007, 304 p.


Slow Food Revolution

(English edition)

Rizzoli 2006, 312 p.


Buono, pulito e giusto. Principi di nuova gastronomia

Turin: Einaudi 2005, 266 p.

Germany: Tre Torri 2007


Slow Food: The Case for Taste

Columbia University Press 2004, 155 p.


Slow Food. Le ragioni del gusto

Laterza 2003, 169 p.

German: Rotpunktverlag 2013


Slow Food: Collected Thoughts on Taste, Tradition, and the Honest Pleasures of Food

Vermont: Chelsea Green 2001, 287 p.


Atlante delle vigne di Langa

Slow Food Editore 2000, 351 p.


In Francia con l'Italia

Baldini e Castoldi Dalai 1998, 240 p.


La morra nel cuore del Barolo. Storie e immagini di una delle capitali del vino

GRH 1998, 183 p.