Reading List

This is just a list of books that I’ve read that are somewhat on the topic of this blog and have influenced me. They are some of the books on the topic of food and economy that have influenced me. It’s a somewhat short list and other books that I want to read, which are probably good resources, are not yet included. They will be added as I read them.

I’ve found all of these books at the Upper Skagit Library and I urge you to check your local branch or do an interlibrary loan. If you want to purchase any of the titles, my first recommendation is your local bookstore or Powell’s Books online. Yes, Amazon has its roots in Seattle, but Powell’s is a wonderful independent new and used bookstore based in Portland.

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser

Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

Renewing the Countryside: Washington by Ingrid Dankmeyer

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio

Supersize Me by Morgan Spurlock (film)

End of Suburbia by Gregory Greene (film)

Fields of Plenty by Michael Ableman

Gardening When It Counts by Steve Solomon

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond

Against The Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization by Richard Manning

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee


4 responses

5 09 2007

Three more books worth reading:
Hope’s Edge: the Next Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Harvest for Hope by Jane Goodall

5 09 2007

Great contributions to the list! Thanks, Jane. 🙂

25 05 2009
Julie Reinhardt

Great list, Saara! Here are a few favorites of mine I think you will enjoy (if you haven’t already read them since you posted your list):

Holy Cows & Hog Heaven, by Joel Salatin
Pasture Perfect, by Jo Robinson (she’s from Vashon!)
The Farmer and the Grill, by Shannon Hayes

Great blog -looking forward to reading more.

13 04 2010
jill zarzeczny

This is a great list and a great site. I look forward to keeping up with it more.
I’m sort of doing a local foodshed theme (north olympic peninsula area) on my blog.

Other books:
The Unsettling of America – Wendell Berry
Gardening West of the Cascades – Steve Soloman
Market Gardening – Elliot Coleman
Everything I want to do is Illegal – Joel Salatin

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