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Food and Urbanism: The Convivial City and a Sustainable Future

by Susan Parham

Cities are home to over fifty percent of the world's population, a figure which is expected to increase enormously by 2050. Despite the growing demand on urban resources and infrastructure, food is still often...


Commensality: From Everyday Food to Feast

by Susanne Kerner, Cynthia Chou & Morten Warmind

Throughout time and in every culture, human beings have eaten together. Commensality - eating and drinking at the same table - is a fundamental social activity, which creates and cements relationships. It also...


Seed Libraries: And Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People

by Cindy Conner

Community-based initiatives to preserve and protect our food supply


Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America

by Liz Carlisle

A protégé of Michael Pollan shares the story of a little known group of renegade farmers who defied corporate agribusiness by launching a unique sustainable farm-to-table food movement.

The story of the Lentil...


Global Food Security Governance: Civil society engagement in the reformed Committee on World Food Security

by Jessica Duncan

In 2007/8 world food prices spiked and global economic crisis set in, leaving hundreds of millions of people unable to access adequate food. The international reaction was swift. In a bid for leadership, the...


Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat

by John McQuaid

A fascinating and deeply researched investigation into the mysteries of flavor—from the first bite taken by our ancestors to scientific advances in taste and the current “foodie” revolution.

Taste has long...


The Vandana Shiva Reader

by Vandana Shiva & Wendell Berry

"Her great virtue as an advocate is that she is not a reductionist. Her awareness of the complex connections among economy and nature and culture preserves her from oversimplification. So does her understanding...


Food Sovereignty in International Context: Discourse, politics and practice of place

by Amy Trauger

Food sovereignty is an emerging discourse of empowerment and autonomy in the food system with the development of associated practices in rural and some urban spaces. While literature on food sovereignty has...


Power and Control in the Imperial Valley

by Benny J Andrés

Power and Control in the Imperial Valley examines the evolution of irrigated farming in the Imperial-Mexicali Valley, an arid desert straddling the California–Baja California border. Bisected by the international...


An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir

by Deirdre Heekin & Alice Feiring

An Unlikely Vineyard tells the evolutionary story of Deirdre Heekin's farm from overgrown fields to a fertile, productive, and beautiful landscape that melds with its natural environment.

Is it possible to capture...


Food and Drink in Antiquity: A Sourcebook: Readings from the Graeco-Roman World

by John F. Donahue

Interest in food and drink as an academic discipline has been growing significantly in recent years. This sourcebook is a unique asset to many courses on food as it offers a thematic approach to eating and drinking...


The Way of Tea and Justice: Rescuing the World's Favorite Beverage from Its Violent History

by Becca Stevens

What started as an impossible dream-to build a café that employs women recovering from prostitution and addiction-is helping to fuel an astonishing movement to bring freedom and fair wages to women producers...


Food Utopias: Reimagining citizenship, ethics and community

by Paul V. Stock, Michael Carolan & Christopher Rosin

Food is a contentious and emotive issue, subject to critiques from multiple perspectives. Alternative food movements - including the different articulations of local, food miles, seasonality, food justice, food...


Human Rights and the Food Sovereignty Movement: Reclaiming control

by Priscilla Claeys

Our global food system is undergoing rapid change. Since the global food crisis of 2007-2008, a range of new issues have come to public attention, such as land grabbing, food prices volatility, agrofuels and...


Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production

by Nicolette Hahn Niman

For decades it has been nearly universal dogma among environmentalists and health advocates that cattle and beef are public enemy number one.

But is the matter really so clear cut? Hardly, argues environmental...


Growing Grapes in Texas

by Jim Kamas & Larry A. Stein

In this complete and approachable manual on grape growing in Texas, Jim Kamas asks the essential question all potential growers need to answer: Why do you want to plant a vineyard? 

Outlining the challenges...


The Chain

by Ted Genoways

A harrowing investigation of the tortuous path our food products take—from slaughter to Spam

On the production line in American packing-houses, there is one cardinal rule: the chain never slows. Under pressure...


Consuming Culture

by Jeremy MacClancy

Why do some pregnant American women eat clay? Why do Cornish women blush at the mention of skate? What is the secret of a healthy diet in Papua New Guinea.

Consuming Culture is about why we eat what we eat--and...


Landscapes of Bacchus: The Vine in Portugal

by Dan Stanislawski

In a country of disparate parts and of long, unbroken historical experience, there may be one dominant feature, a clue to the character of its regions. In Portugal the vine serves as this clue.The vine has been...


Kentucky's Cookbook Heritage: Two Hundred Years of Southern Cuisine and Culture

by John van Willigen

Food is a significant part of our daily lives and can be one of the most telling records of a time and place. Our meals -- from what we eat, to how we prepare it, to how we consume it -- illuminate our culture...