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The Order of Loving Care

by Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry’s profound critique of American culture has entered its sixth decade, and in this new gathering he reaches with deep devotion toward a long view of Agrarian philosophy. Mr. Berry believes that...


Farming with Illustrations by Lucy Kemp-Welch

by W. M. Tod & Lucy Kemp-Welch

First published in 1928, this is a comprehensive guide to farming written by W. M. Tod and illustrated by Lucy Kemp-Welch. Originally intended for the general public, it offers would-be farmers instructions...


Farming

by Edward C. Ash

"Farming" is a comprehensive guide to farming, with chapters on every aspect including how to grow a range of vegetable produce, keeping all manner of livestock, maintaining machinery, common problems and pitfalls,...


Fifty Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio

by Rick Armon

Every craft beer has a story, and part of the fun is learning where the liquid gold in your glass comes from. In Fifty Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio, veteran beer writer Rick Armon picks the can’t-miss brews...


Beyond Beliefs

by Melanie Joy, PhD & Kathy Freston

Vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters can feel like they’re living in different worlds. Many vegans and vegetarians struggle to feel understood and respected in a meat-eating culture, where some of their most...


Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats

by Maryn McKenna

In this eye-opening exposé, acclaimed health journalist and National Geographic contributor Maryn McKenna documents how antibiotics transformed chicken from local delicacy to industrial commodity—and human...


A New Garden Ethic

by Benjamin Vogt

As human-made climate change and mass extinction impacts the world's ability to function, we will be called upon to garden the planet more actively. Native plants in home, business, and public landscapes will...


A New Garden Ethic

by Benjamin Vogt

As human-made climate change and mass extinction impacts the world’s ability to function, we will be called upon to garden the planet more actively. Native plants in home, business, and public landscapes will...


Solving the Problem of "Agriculture, Farmer, and Rural Area" by Rule of Law

by Ding Guomin, Gao Jianxun & Liu Yun

The core of three rural issues in China is the rights and interests of farmers, which could only be solved fundamentally by rule of law.


Sacred Soil: Biochar and the Regeneration of the Earth

by Robert Tindall, Frederique Apffel-Marglin & David Shearer

A fascinating description of how utilizing the biochar embedded in terra preta, the recently rediscovered sacred soil of the pre-Columbian peoples of the Amazon rainforest, can cut our dependency on petrochemicals,...


Hungry Britain: The rise of food charity

by Hannah Lambie-Mumford

Drawing on empirical research with the UK's two largest Food Banks, this book explores the prolific rise of food charity over the last 15 years and its implications for overcoming food insecurity.


Structure, Agency and Biotechnology

by Aristeidis Panagiotou

Structure, Agency and Biotechnology argues for the significance of sociological theory and highlights the insights it can offer to the study of agricultural biotechnology. Cautioning against a simplistic reading...


Global Agriculture and the American Farmer

by Kimberly Ann Elliott

The United States is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of a range of agricultural commodities, and the largest provider of foreign assistance, so U.S. policies have big effects on global food...


Land Justice: Re-imagining Land, Food, and the Commons

by Justine M. Williams & Eric Holt-Giménez

In recent decades, the various strands of the food movement have made enormous strides in calling attention the many shortcomings and injustices of our food and agricultural system. Farmers, activists, scholars,...


Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table

by Langdon Cook

From the award-winning author of The Mushroom Hunters comes the story of an iconic fish, perhaps the last great wild food: salmon.

For some, a salmon evokes the distant wild, thrashing in the jaws of a hungry...


Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America

by Michael Ruhlman

In Grocery, bestselling author Michael Ruhlman offers incisive commentary on America's relationship with its food and investigates the overlooked source of so much of it-the grocery store.

 

In a culture obsessed...


Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture

by Gabriel Thompson

Lives from an invisible community—the migrant farmworkers of the United States

The Grapes of Wrath brought national attention to the condition of California’s migrant farmworkers in the 1930s. Cesar Chavez...


The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South

by John T. Edge

“The one food book you must read this year."

—Southern Living 

One of Christopher Kimball’s Six Favorite Books About Food

A people’s history that reveals how Southerners shaped American culinary identity...


Eat the Beetles!

by David Waltner-Toews

Will eating insects change the world for the better??

Meet the beetles: there are millions and millions of them and many fewer of the rest of us — mammals, birds, and reptiles. Since before recorded history,...


The Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Meat

by Marissa Landrigan

Growing up in a household of food-loving Italian-Americans, Marissa Landrigan was always a black sheep—she barely knew how to boil water for pasta. But at college, she thought she’d found her purpose. Buoyed...