The Slow Food Movement is the world's most unusual food club. It was conceived in 1986 by Carlo Petrini, after learning that a Macdonalds was to open at the base of the famous Spanish Steps in Rome. As the name suggests the organisation was founded to counter the fast food culture. So at a conference in 1989, what had started as an amusing idea, became a world wide movement that now has 30,000 members in fifteen countries, including Britain and the United States. As well as acting as a club for like-minded food enthusiasts, it publishes four issues of Slow, the movement's elegant, full colour, quarterly magazine and the incomparable series of guides to osterias and wines. With over 600 pages Italian Wines 2001 is the English language version of Vini d'Italia, a guide which is now in its 14th year in Italy and 8th year in Germany. Italian Wines 2001 is the largest and most comprehensive overview of top quality Italian wine making available anywhere in the world. It is unique in its extensive coverage, region by region, of the country's wines and profiles of the producers. This is the bible for all lovers of Italian wine, wine buyers and restaurateurs.