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Feeding the City

by Sara Roncaglia

Every day in Mumbai 5,000 dabbawalas (literally translated as "those who carry boxes") distribute a staggering 200,000 home-cooked lunchboxes to the city’s workers and students. Giving employment and status...


Food, Farms, and Community: Exploring Food Systems

by Lisa Chase & Vern Grubinger

How food systems reflect our values and contribute to our economy, environment, and culture


Portland: A Food Biography

by Heather Arndt Anderson

More than just food carts and microbrews, Portland has a story to tell. Its culinary history sings the song of the salmon-people, the pioneers and immigrants, each struggling to make this strange but inviting...


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

by Deirdre Heekin & Alice Feiring

Named one of the Best Wine Books of 2014 by The New York Times, An Unlikely Vineyard tells the evolutionary story of Deirdre Heekin's farm from overgrown fields to a fertile, productive, and beautiful landscape...


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...


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...


Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation

Robyn Lawley Eats

by Robyn Lawley

Robyn Lawley is a self-confessed foodie - in addition to being an international supermodel for the likes of H & M and Ralph Lauren.

When she's not gracing the cover of Vogue or modelling swimwear or walking the...


Loving the Earth

by Carlo Petrini

An extraordinary collage of conversations between Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food, and a gallery of influential personages to mark the tenth anniversary of Terra Madre, the global network of food communities...


Food on the Rails: The Golden Era of Railroad Dining

by Jeri Quinzio

Food on the Rails traces the rise and fall of food on the rails from its rocky start to its glory days to its sad demise. Looking at the foods, the service, the rail station restaurants, the menus, the dining...


Small Batch: Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Spirits, and the Return of Artisanal Foods

by Suzanne Cope

Small Batch details the history and changing social implication of artisanal foods, from the days of early American settlers to the present explosion of small-batch and artisanal food businesses. Interviewing...


Savoring Alternative Food: School gardens, healthy eating and visceral difference

by Jessica Hayes-Conroy

Advocates of the alternative food movement often insist that food is our "common ground" - that through the very basic human need to eat, we all become entwined in a network of mutual solidarity. In this challenging...


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...


Writing in the Kitchen: Essays on Southern Literature and Foodways

by Tara Powell, David A. Davis & Jessica B. Harris

Scarlett O’Hara munched on a radish and vowed never to go hungry again. Vardaman Bundren ate bananas in Faulkner’s Jefferson, and the Invisible Man dined on a sweet potato in Harlem. Although food and stories...


Got Milked?

by Alissa Hamilton

Refuting the milk industry’s overwhelmingly popular campaign—“Got Milk?”—which has convinced us that milk is essential, this scientifically based expose proves why we don’t need dairy in our daily...


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...


Agrarian Crisis in India: The Case of Bihar

by F. Tomasson Jannuzi

Although much has been written on agrarian reforms in India, there are few in-depth studies of specific states and none concerning the relevance of agrarian reforms to the economic development and political...


The Emergent Agriculture: Farming, Sustainability and the Return of the Local Economy

Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative, Low-Budget Homesteading Solutions

Brunch: A History

by Farha Ternikar

Brunch is the decadent meal of the week; a mix of the savory and salty, sweet and indulgent. Not exclusively an American phenomenon, brunch is also shared in South Asia, the Middle East, and parts of Europe....