What’s on your reading list this fall? If you’re interested in the latest developments and stories about food, here are a few books worth checking out. And if you’re looking for something a little different, scroll down for a link to more great recommendations.
American Catch by Paul Greenberg
If you enjoyed Paul Greenberg’s Four Fish, it’s definitely worth checking out his book on sustaining local seafood, American Catch.
In 2005, five billion pounds of seafood were imported into the United States. Greenberg takes a deep look into the seafood hubs of the U.S. and attempts to explain why 91 percent of the seafood North Americans eat is, in fact, imported. Through analyzing current crises, oil spills, and mining projects, Greenberg present solutions for a more sustainable future.
Eat Up: The Inside Scoop on Rooftop Agriculture by Lauren Mandel
Every urban grower – and wanna be urban grower – is thinking up these days. If you have ever dreamed of transforming your roof into a green space, this may just be the expert guide for you. In Eat Up Mandel has compiled case studies, resource checklists, and interviews with experts in order to help you transform a rooftop into a fully functioning green space and food source. There are three sections covering rooftop gardens, rooftop farms, and the rooftop agriculture industry that cater to various scales, goals, and skill levels.
The Market Gardener by Jean-Martin Fortier
Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a 1.5-acre farm in Quebec, Canada run by Jean-Martin and Maude-Helène Fortier. Through their low-tech, high-yield cultivation practices they provide produce to more than 200 families. This book focuses on their methods of growing better rather than growing bigger.
To Eat with Grace, a selection of essays and poems from Orion Magazine
Orion Magazine has selected past articles and poetry that best exemplify what eating with grace truly means—staying connected with fellow humans. Personal relationships and connections can sustain eaters just as much as the food one eats. To Eat with Grace shows how there are many different ways food can nourish the body.
Then what goes better together than food and travel? Here are two that will inspire you to both try something new and see your local fare with a new appreciation.
Green Kitchen Travels: Vegetarian Food Inspired by Our Adventures by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl
Frenkiel and Vindahl journeyed around the world with their daughter Elsa in search of delicious, nutritious vegetarian and vegan food. From hunting for vegetarian restaurants in Beijing to bean sprout pad thai for lunch in Thailand, this book is a compilation of their experiences with easy-to-find ingredients and simple recipes.
In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker’s Odyssey by Samuel Fromartz
From Berlin to Kansas, Fromartz searches for the perfect loaf and shares his love for bread. He chronicles his experience in France working at a boulangerie, where he created a deeper understanding of bread from seed to table. During his travels he met with historians, farmers, sourdough biochemists, millers, and more. This book is a result of his journey and takes a deep look into the story of handmade bread.
If you love food – and love to keep up on the latest in food politics, policy and ideas – you will find more interesting books about food in this list of recommendations from Food Tank:
Food Tank’s Fall Reading List: 20 Great Books About Food