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

by Camille Bégin

The role of taste in a culinary transformation


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...


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...


Beyond Fair Trade: How One Small Coffee Company Helped Transform a Hillside Village in Thailand

by Mark Pendergrast

In 2006, prominent businessman John Darch met with a man named Wicha Promyong. That meeting led to the establishment of an equal partnership business venture—a partnership that goes beyond fair trade and shows...


The Lifelong Impact of 4-H: Stories from Texas

by Toby L Lepley & Martha E Couch

Heartwarming, surprising, and inspirational: this collection of thirty-one stories from families and individuals whose lives have been touched by 4-H covers more than a century of history in Texas. It traces...


The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins

by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

Matsutake is the most valuable mushroom in the world—and a weed that grows in human-disturbed forests across the northern hemisphere. Through its ability to nurture trees, matsutake helps forests to grow in...


Food Pedagogies

by Elaine, Dr Swan, Rick, Dr Flowers & Michael K, Professor Goodman

In recent years everyone from politicians to celebrity chefs has been proselytizing about how we should grow, buy, prepare, present, cook, taste, eat and dispose of food. In light of this, contributors to this...


Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)

by Neal Baer, Marion Nestle & Mark Bittman

Sodas are astonishing products. Little more than flavored sugar-water, these drinks cost practically nothing to produce or buy, yet have turned their makers--principally Coca-Cola and PepsiCo--into a multibillion-dollar...