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Understanding Food

Elizabeth Perry "theologian, librarian, know it all"
The list author says: "This list will help elaborate upon modern food. Food history, ecology, cooking, nutrition, agricultural policies all play a role in educating people about themselves. We are what we eat.

Additional ecological history lists will follow."
This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader
This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader
"Wonderful autobiography of a New Yorker who tries heroically to grow all her own fruits and vegetables along the Hudson River.  Great descriptions of organic gardening alongside insightful and educated political rants, recipes for fresh food, and heartwarming stories about her interactions with her local community.  Author was a professor of nutrition and ecology in NY."
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
"Michael Pollan is a must for anyone interested in where our food comes from."
Second Nature: A Gardener's Education
Second Nature: A Gardener's Education
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
"I recommend all by this author, but have previewed the three I have enjoyed reading."
Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition, and Health, Revised and Expanded Edition (California Studies in Food and Culture)
Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition, and Health, Revised and Expanded Edition (California Studies in Food and Culture)
"Politics, politics, politics.  That's really what determines what we eat as a nation.  This one will get you mad and revved up."
What to Eat
What to Eat
"Nestle is another figurehead in food and nutrition writing. NYU Professor, I believe."
Diet for a Small Planet
Diet for a Small Planet
"the original treatise for the generation of the sixties"
The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why
The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why
"A reference book that provides a few pages of information on each food you should be eating including nutritional information, selecting and storing and some on preparation."
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
"read anything and everything by this passionate author."
The Ecology of Eden: An Inquiry into the Dream of Paradise and a New Vision of Our Role in Nature
The Ecology of Eden: An Inquiry into the Dream of Paradise and a New Vision of Our Role in Nature
"- have not yet read -"
Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, And Fair
Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, And Fair
"The slow food movement offers assistance to those trying to learn and grow from the information presented in this list."
Fast Food Nation: What the All-American Meal Is Doing to the World
Fast Food Nation: What the All-American Meal Is Doing to the World
"More of a downer than the uplifting alternatives presented, but because its a best seller you are more likely to find opportunities to talk about this work.  As a grassroots movement, good local food will need the support of community members.  This book opens a gateway for sharing your passion about food, public health and the environment with others."
Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
"This takes on food from the perspective of physical anthropology. What do our guts tell us about what we eat?  How do different foods (raw and cooked) affect the human body?"
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
"I loved this autobiography of an urban farmer in Oakland, CA.  An interesting look into animal husbandry, which is only part of one woman's challenging project raising her own food in a city."
What Are People For?: Essays
What Are People For?: Essays
"The American muse for modern food writers."
Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats
Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats
"A little on the fringe in terms of diet restriction advice, but very good scientific explanation of the composition of food alongside great recipes."
Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century (California Studies in Food and Culture)
Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century (California Studies in Food and Culture)
The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter (Hardcover)
The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter (Hardcover)
A History of Food
A History of Food
"- have not yet read -"