Friday, February 27, 2009

Books we Recommend

Read up on sustainable agriculture, the local food movement, whole foods, organic agriculture, food systems, and more! These books have been placed in loose categories to try and serve as a guide... but many of these books have all kinds of crossover between nutrition, gardening, cooking, food politics and local food and on.

Got a book to suggest? Email us!

 Food/ Food Culture/ Nutrition:
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (also gardening/ politics.)
Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket by Brian Halweil
 Food in History by Reay Tannahill in 1973
Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Plank (Nutrition) 
The Happiness Diet:  Tyler Grahm and Drew Ramsey MD. (Nutrition)
In Defense of Food , by Michael Pollan
Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally by Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon

Gardening and Working With Nature: 
Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David R. Montgomery
 Four Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman
Second Nature by Michael Pollan

Politics of Food :
In Defense of Food , by Michael P
Full Moon Feast: Food and Hunger For Connection by Jessica Prentice
In Defense of Food , by Michael Pollan
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Culinary/ Cookbooks
The Art of Simple Food A cookbook by Alice Waters
Food52: Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs
How to Pick a Peach;The Search for Flavor From Farm to Table: Russ Parsons



  1. Hi, tried to email, but my computer is doing weird things. Anyway, I have two books that I'd like to recommend: Barry Estabrook's Tomatoland, which documents environmental and worker abuses related to winter tomato production in Florida and Tanya Denckla Cobb's book Reclaiming Our Food. She's a UVA professor who had documented the myriad ways that people are changing the food system all across the country. Excellent read with lots of inspiration.

  2. Thanks Tora! I am looking forward to seeing Tanya at the state food security summit next month! Great recommendations!