Rethinking your plate? Eating local? Eating less—or cooking more?

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.

This article has 7 comments

  1. JillS.

    Enjoyed In Defense of Food immensely. Haven’t heard of some of these others. I will check them out – the Animal, Vegetable, Miracle sounds very interesting. Thanks for the list.

  2. Kara

    I actually just received ‘Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with 75 Recipe’ as a gift, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. All of these books look very interesting though, and I need to get on top of that!

  3. Suzanne

    I really liked “Food Matters.” I’ve read it twice! Mark Bittman has a straightforward writing style and his ideas make complete sense. His idea of Vegan Until 6 pm worked for him (lost 30 lbs!) There recipes are very interesting….like salty oatmeal for breakfast.

    Try one and see what you think!

  4. Suzanne

    Animal Vegetable Miracle has been very popular! Give it the Librarian 50 (read the first 50 pages or three chapters) and see what you think.

  5. Alana Brisbane

    I love reading food books as well, especially those that are related to one’s health. Personally I believe that everyone needs to be aware of their food intake to keep the body healthy.

  6. Sarah Brisbane

    Recipe books and anything that is considered as a reading material that contains food and health are something that attracts me. I keep a lot of food related books.

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