Monday, January 14, 2008

Helpful Books You Should Read

I have been reading a lot about eating locally and seasonally lately and I thought it would be helpful to review some of the literature:

Plenty-This book was one of the first books I read as part of the eating local movement. I love that a couple wrote it together and brought a personal element to the challenges associated with eating locally. This book was easy to read, brought a lot of the policy issues to light about agribusiness and highlighted the planning necessary to thrive on a locally produced diet. My only concern is that they arbitrarily picked 100 miles for their diet parameter, which does not actually define a community and de-ephasizes the need for regional collaboration in the eating local movement.

On Food & Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
Warning: this is not a cookbook. This is the foodie bible. You will understand all elements (cultural, scientific, historical) of how we have defined food and meals throughout our history on this planet.

The Real Food Revival

This book has a lot of overlap with Michael Pollan's 'Omnivore's Dilemma', but I particularly like the organization of this book. It goes aisle by aisle in the grocery store and gives practical advice on how to eat seasonally and locally. There are great tips on navigating the grocery store and even your local farmer's markets.

More to come in a bit...