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From Einkorn Wheat to GMO

by Wayne Persky

This book takes a quick look at the relationship between the evolution of humans, agriculture, and crop biotechnology, including GMOs.  It discusses how we got to where we are now and why the trend is unlikely...


From Taverns to Gastropubs

by Christel Lane

The pub is a prominent social institution integral to British identity. From Taverns of Gastropubs: Food, Drink, and Sociality in England charts the historical development of the English public house from the...


Religion, regulation, consumption

by John Lever & Johan Fischer

This book explores the emergence and expansion of global kosher and halal markets with a particular focus on the UK and Denmark. Kosher is a Hebrew term meaning 'fit' or 'proper' while halal is an Arabic word...


Tomorrow's Table

by Pamela C. Ronald & Raoul W. Adamchak

"Tomorrow's Table" argues that a judicious blend of two important strands of agriculture--genetic engineering and organic farming--is key to helping feed the world's growing population in an ecologically balanced...


Organic Resistance

by Venus Bivar

France is often held up as a bastion of gastronomic refinement and as a model of artisanal agriculture and husbandry. But French farming is not at all what it seems. Countering the standard stories of gastronomy,...


The Evolved Eater

by Nick Taranto

From the co-founder of Plated, the home delivery food service, an inspirational business title that is a call-to-arms and investigation into the industrial American food complex.

In early 2012, Nick Taranto was...


The Rise of Yeast

by Nicholas P. Money

From breakfast toast to evening wine, yeast is the microscopic thing that we cannot live without. We knew what yeast did as an invisible brewer and baker long before we had a clue about the existence of microorganisms....


The Global History of Organic Farming

by Gregory A. Barton

Organic farming is a major global movement that is changing land-use and consumer habits around the world. This book tells the untold story of how the organic farming movement nearly faltered after an initial...


Fruitful Labor

by Mike Madison

As the average age of America’s farmers continues to rise, we face serious questions about what farming will look like in the near future, and who will be growing our food. Many younger people are interested...


Some You Win… Most You Lose!

by Ian Winter

Set in the late 1980’s and into the 90’s, “Some you win…Most you lose!” is a work of fiction based on fact. It and tells the story of a small but well-run farming enterprise caught up in a major deal...


Hippie Food

by Jonathan Kauffman

An enlightening narrative history—an entertaining fusion of Tom Wolfe and Michael Pollan—that traces the colorful origins of once unconventional foods and the diverse fringe movements, charismatic gurus,...


Beginning to End Hunger

by M. Jahi Chappell

Beginning to End Hunger presents the story of Belo Horizonte, home to 2.5 million people and one of the world’s most successful city food security programs. Since its Municipal Secretariat for Food Security...


Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics

by Anne Barnhill, Tyler Doggett & Mark Budolfson

Academic food ethics incorporates work from philosophy but also anthropology, economics, the environmental sciences and other natural sciences, geography, law, and sociology. Scholars from these fields have...


Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World

by Paul Shapiro & Yuval Noah Harari

Paul Shapiro gives you a front-row seat for the wild story of the race to create and commercialize cleaner, safer, sustainable meat—real meat—without the animals. From the entrepreneurial visionaries to...


Food and Place

by Pascale Joassart-Marcelli & Fernando J. Bosco

This text provides a comprehensive and critical exploration of food from the unique perspective of place. It shows that our experiences with food are deeply influenced by their cultural, social, economic, and...


I Am Not a Tractor!

by Susan L. Marquis

I Am Not a Tractor! celebrates the courage, vision, and creativity of the farmworkers and community leaders who have transformed one of the worst agricultural situations in the United States into one of the...


Kiss the Ground: How the Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body & Ultimately Save Our World

by Josh Tickell & John Mackey

Discover the hidden power soil has to reverse climate change, and how a regenerative farming diet not only delivers us better health and wellness, but also rebuilds our most precious resource—the very ground...


Dying to Eat

by Candi K. Cann, Gordon Fuller, Joshua Graham & Lacy K. Crocker et al.

Food has played a major role in funerary and memorial practices since the dawn of the human race. In the ancient Roman world, for example, it was common practice to build channels from the tops of graves into...


A Precautionary Tale

by Philip Ackerman-Leist & Vandana Shiva

Mals, Italy, has long been known as the breadbasket of the Tyrol. But recently the tiny town became known for something else entirely. A Precautionary Tale tells us why, introducing readers to an unlikely group...


Bittersweet Brexit

by Charlie Clutterbuck

Although widely criticised and hugely wasteful, The Common Agricultural Policy did at least afford British farmers a degree of support. Post-Brexit, that support will vanish - to be replaced with a woefully...