Published on July 2nd, 2013 | by Mary Gerush0
My Top Five Farm And Food Summer Reads
Earlier this year, I introduced you to the founding ladies of Food Tank — a young think tank founded to build community and develop sustainable solutions to some of our most significant present-day environmental challenges, like agricultural sustainability, food insecurity, and obesity.
These Food Tank pioneers recently shared a list of 13 farm and food books ripe for summer reading. Of their 13 recommendations, 5 rest comfortably atop my way-too-long reading list. If you want to learn more about farms and food and how you can eat better, add these titles to your favorite book store’s shopping cart and curl up on your sofa with a fresh green smoothie for a good read.
- Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan. I’ve just started reading this book. It speaks to the beauty, culture, and tradition of cooking — taking simple ingredients and grounded techniques to transform food into something soulful. Pollan is one of the best writers I’ve ever been introduced to.
- Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America by Wenonah Hauter. This is on my Amazon wish list, and I plan to make it mine soon. Knowing more about the realities of our food systems is frightening, but I’d rather know than not. Hauter’s goal is to help us understand how our food system really works. We need that transparency.
- American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half Its Food (And What We Can Do About It) by Jonathan Bloom. I learned of Bloom’s research and book one morning as I walked my neighborhood listening to a food podcast. I was dumbfounded to learn that Americans waste 40% of the food we buy. If you want to learn more, read his book.
- The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! by Carleen Madigan. Living in Dallas, I’m intrigued by urban farming. And because I live on a plot with little room for herbs and veggies. I need all the help I can get figuring out how to grow successfully in my small space.
- The Essential Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal. Ditto my comments on selection number four.
Reading books like these has transformed my approach to food. I know more. I grow more. I eat better. I waste less. And I get to share what I learn with you guys (and vice versa). So pick up a book or two and share what you learn!