Food itself (organic, sustainable, local) is in the news. No longer are American fed by our own family’s farms; now our dinner is dished out by big agribusiness. Do factory farms make us sick? Does the American diet provide the nutrition we need? How do we fight the obesity epidemic for ourselves and our children?
Small farmers and food reformers are working to change the grip of big business on our appetites. Read more about how and why with these books from the JTCC Library.
Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan. The book that started it all! Pollan traces dinner back to its beginnings, in the field, in the stockyards, in the lab. He asks, “What should we have for dinner?”
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan. Collection of quick tips on what to eat and why.
Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with 75 Recipes by Mark Bittman. The author of “How to Cook Everything” takes a look at his own diet and changes it radically. Food Matters combines a no-nonsense diet guide with a healthy recipe collection.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver: Barbara Kingsolver (and her family) vows to eat within 100 miles of home for one year, and write about it. Dad and teenage daughter also contribute.
The Town that Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food by Ben Hewitt. Profile of the agri-entrepreneurs of Hardwick, who both created a sustainable food system and kick-started the local economy.