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Food for Thought Before You Eat

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to become more knowledgeable about food, you’ll want to explore these books recommended by the Food Tank (foodtank.org), an organization dedicated to improving food systems around the world. (See our website, www.energytimes.com, for more of the group’s book suggestions.)

40 Chances

Howard G. Buffett, challenged by father Warren to “accomplish something great,”
tackles hunger and poverty around the world.

Simon & Schuster

Blessing the Hands That Feed Us

Vicki Robin goes locavore by eating food sourced from within ten miles
of her Washing­ton State home for one month.

Viking

Cows Save the Planet

Judith Schwartz takes a “soil’s-eye view” of problems
currently facing the environment—and comes to an optimistic conclusion.

Chelsea Green

The Good Food Revolution

Former pro basketball player Will Allen and his organization, Growing Power,
start an urban farm in Milwaukee.

Gotham

Food Policy in the United States

From international trade to labeling issues, agricultural economist Parke Wilde
explains the complex field of US food policy.

Routledge

66 Square Feet

Blogger and cook Marie Viljoen documents life in her tiny Brooklyn rooftop garden
through words and pictures; includes recipes.

Stewart, Tabori & Chang

The No Nonsense Guide to World Food

Wayne Roberts shows how corporations influence the global food
system and presents alternatives.

New Internationalist

Three Squares

Abigail Carroll chronicles American eating habits from colonial times through
today and describes what mealtimes might look like in the future.

Basic

From the Ground Up

In a book that’s part memoir, part organic farming guide, Jeanne Nolan presents her
experiences in creating gardens across Chicago.

Spiegel & Grau

 

 

More Food Tank Book Picks

 

Eat Drink Vote

Well-known nutrition expert Marion Nestle and The Cartoonist Group
use illustrations to explain the food system.

Rodale

 

Gaining Ground

Agricultural greenhorn Forest Pritchard looks for sustainable ways to save his family’s Virginia farm.

Lyons

 

Soil and Sacrament

Immersion journalist and religious pilgrim Fred Bahnson examines the links
between food and faith by visiting four gardens.

Simon & Schuster

 

The Modern Peasant

Small-scale producer Jojo Tulloh takes an in-depth look at the shifting
landscape of food production in London.

Chatto & Windus

 

What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?

Tony Juniper measures the economic value of "natural services"
such as water recycling and carbon absorption.

Synergetic

 

First Food

Sunita Narain and Vibha Varshney present 100 recipes that showcase
the immense biodiversity found throughout India.

Centre for Science and the Environment

 

Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land

Drawing on his travels through desert lands worldwide, Gary Paul Nabhan
provides advice on farming techniques adapted to arid regions. Chelsea Green

 

Food DIY

Tim Hayward provides illustrated instructions for making smoked salmon, sausages and other foods.

FIG TREE

Grand Forks

North Dakota food critic Marilyn Hagerty reviews 128 restaurants,
including Grand Fork’s first Taco Bell.

Anthony Bourdain/Ecco


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