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Hunger pains: Life inside foodbank Britain

by Kayleigh Garthwaite

We know the statistics, but what does it feel like to be forced to turn to foodbanks for help? What does it take to get emergency food, and what's in the food parcel? This is a powerful insight into the harsh...


Following Fish

by Samanth Subramanian

In India's long and diverse coastline, fish inhabit the heart of many aspects of life: food of course, and also culture, commerce, sports, history, and society. Journeying along the edges of the peninsula, Samanth...


Taste of the Nation: The New Deal Search for America's Food

by Camille Bégin

The role of taste in a culinary transformation


Dear County Agent Guy: Calf Pulling, Husband Training, and Other Curious Dispatches from a Midwestern Dairy Farmer

by Jerry Nelson

A funny, warm, and winning collection of stories about life on a South Dakota dairy farm, from a writer whose voice Garrison Keillor described as coming from “the true heart of the Midwest.”


The Farm on the Roof: What Brooklyn Grange Taught Us About Entrepreneurship, Community, and Growing a Sustainable Business

by Anastasia Cole Plakias

The founders of Brooklyn Grange, the world’s largest green rooftop farm, share their inspirational story of changing the world through entrepreneurship.

 

In their effort to build the world’s first and...


The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Securit

by Eric Toensmeier & Hans Herren

With carbon farming, agriculture ceases to be part of the climate problem and becomes a critical part of the solution

Agriculture is rightly blamed as a major culprit of our climate crisis. But in this groundbreaking...


Unnaturally Delicious

by Jayson Lusk

The food discussion in America can be quite pessimistic. With high obesity rates, diabetes, climate change, chemical use, water contamination, and farm animal abuse, it would seem that there wasn't very much...


Sweet as Sin: The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became America's Favorite Pleasure

by Susan Benjamin

READERS WITH AN INTEREST IN THE HISTORY OF FOOD

AND AMERICANA WILL SAVOR THIS CULTURAL HISTORY

There’s more to candy than its sugary taste. As this book shows, candy has a remarkable history, most of it sweet,...


Miraculous Abundance: One Quarter Acre, Two French Farmers, and Enough Food to Feed the World

by Charles Hervé-Gruyer, Perrine Hervé-Gruyer & Eliot Coleman

The Bec Hellouin model for growing food, sequestering carbon, creating jobs, and increasing biodiversity without using fossil fuels

When Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer set out to create their farm in an historic...


Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm - from Scratch

by Lucie B. Amundsen

How a Midwestern family with no agriculture experience went from a few backyard chickens to a full-fledged farm—and discovered why local chicks are better.

When Lucie Amundsen had a rare night out with her...


Seed Sovereignty, Food Security: Women in the Vanguard of the Fight against GMOs and Corporate Agriculture

by Vandana Shiva

In this unique anthology, women from around the world write about the movement to change the current, industrial paradigm of how we grow our food. As seed keepers and food producers, as scientists, activists,...


Forked: A New Standard for American Dining

by Saru Jayaraman

A restaurant critic can tell you about the chef. A menu can tell you about the farm-sourced ingredients. Now who's going to tell you about the people preparing your meal? From James Beard Leadership Award winner...


Paprika, Foie Gras, and Red Mud: The Politics of Materiality in the European Union

by Zsuzsa Gille

In this original and provocative study, Zsuzsa Gille examines three scandals that have shaken Hungary since it joined the European Union: the 2004 ban on paprika due to contamination, the 2008 boycott of Hungarian...


To Eat Or Not To Eat?  The Meat And Beans Group - Food Pyramid

by Baby Professor

What do meat and beans do to your body? Here, your child will learn why you always tell him/her to eat the green beans. Filled with pictures and as few text as possible, learning is made fun and easy. Learning...


To Eat Or Not To Eat?  The Vegetable Group - Food Pyramid

by Baby Professor

Improve how your child responds to vegetables by making them look fun to eat and delicious. The purpose of this educational book, then, is to expose a child to beautiful vegetables and make him/her curious enough...


Dude Making a Difference: Bamboo Bikes, Dumpster Dives and Other Extreme Adventures Across America

by Rob Greenfield

How far would you go to save the planet? One man’s cross-country journey to radical sustainability.


Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace

by Vandana Shiva

World-renowned environmental activist and physicist Vandana Shiva calls for a radical shift in the values that govern democracies, condemning the role that unrestricted capitalism has played in the destruction...


Hamburgers in Paradise: The Stories behind the Food We Eat

by Louise O. Fresco

For the first time in human history, there is food in abundance throughout the world. More people than ever before are now freed of the struggle for daily survival, yet few of us are aware of how food lands...


Growing Tomorrow: A Farm-to-Table Journey in Photos and Recipes: Behind the Scenes with 18 Extraordinary Sustainable Farmers Who Are Changing the Way

by Forrest Pritchard, Deborah Madison & Molly M. Peterson

Meet the local farmers who feed America—in stories, photos, and 50 recipes!

When Forrest Pritchard went looking for the unsung heroes of local, sustainable food, he found them at 18 exceptional farms all over...


American Organic: A Cultural History of Farming, Gardening, Shopping, and Eating

by Robin O'Sullivan

In 1947, when J. I. Rodale, editor of Organic Gardening, declared, "the Revolution has begun," a mere 60,000 readers and a ragtag army of followers rallied to the cause, touting the benefits of food grown with...