Sunday, August 5, 2012

Bookworm Days of Summer - Updated!

I have recently read and enjoyed:
Folks, this Ain't Normal by Joel Salatin - very interesting and one of his only books our library system had, but I found it very interesting.
Eating for Beginners  by Melanie Rehak - loved this book! This was such a good book, and a very quick read.
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson - just got from the library today, but I'm excited to read this epic work that spawned so much of the environmentalist movement in America today.
Rachel Carson and her Book that Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor - (children's picture book)
I read this to E and she liked the illustrations. We talked about the title a little bit, but the rest of the story was a bit over her head. I would recommend for 2nd-5th grade or for a quick summary of the life and work of Rachel Carson.  I found a lot of parallels in her fight and the fight that is still going in America today.

Previous Post: (I'm working on adding great links for more information/where to purchase some of these great works.)
Over the past month or two we have been reading a lot about the industrial food chain in America. Sadly, we have been very repulsed by much of what we've learned about how our food is made/grown, treated/processed, monitored/inspected, and shipped/stored. The result of industrial processing is a food chain stretching over 1500 miles and we've decided that we owe it to ourselves to do better.
So, having said too much already, here are some of the books that we have read and loved that have changed our way of life and point of view regarding food in America. These are just a few of the books we are working through and we will add to the list as we come across more great reads.
The result of all this reading is that we now know too much to go back to the way we used to eat. We hope you'll check some out and perhaps be inspired (or disgusted as the case may be) and informed enough to perhaps make some changes of your own.

Recommended Book List:
Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-mile Diet  - Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon (This is the book that started it all for us b/c as we read it we both realized how little we knew about TN agriculture and what actually could and could not be farmed in TN.)
The Omnivore's Dilemma - Michael Pollan
Food Rules - Michael Pollan (This book can be read in less than an hour most likely and it's a great place to begin. It will probably cause you to begin wondering where your food really comes from and you may even find yourself putting a bit more thought into the proverbial question of what's for dinner.)
In Defense of Food - Michael Pollan
Real Food by Nina Planck - (Loved the chapter on real milk! She also has a newer book, Real Food for Mother and Baby, that I haven't read, but it certainly looks interesting.)
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Barbara Kingsolver (A combination of narrative about a year of eating locally, informative essays about political issues related to food, and simple recipes, this book is a must read for anyone considering a locavore diet to any great extent.)
Robbing the Bees - Holley Bishop
Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (Fantastic book for anyone interested in making cheese.)
Super Baby Food - Ruth Yaron (My favorite book about homemade baby food. It's doesn't discuss local food per se, but it is very anti-industrial and pro-natural and homemade baby food and thus a real treasure.)

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