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Good Food Books for National Book Month

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Good Food Books for National Book Month

October is National Book Month sponsored by the National Book Foundation. This annual event encourages readers of all ages to enjoy books, and during the month, the National Book Foundation also announces its National Book Awards.

Because I am very involved with my local library (I am a Library Commissioner), I thought I would combine my interests and provide you with a list of some of my favorite sustainable food and farming books.

First off, I love anything by Michael Pollan, but especially The Omnivoreís Dilemma. In it Pollan outlines the food chains that feed us from industrial food to organic and even foraged food. He talks about ďour national eating disorderĒ and the seeming contradiction of our many diet crazes and the current obesity epidemic. He also points out that all food originates with plants, animals and fungi and now, much of what is eaten isnít really food and the role that agribusiness plays in our food system.

For a quick read, check out Pollanís Food Rules: An Eaterís Manual that outlines simple rules for eating wisely, and is less than 150 pages.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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7:01AM PDT on Oct 26, 2010

Thanks. My mom we like this info.

11:17PM PDT on Oct 24, 2010

thanks sounds like an interesting list of books.

12:27PM PDT on Oct 23, 2010

I wish I had more time to read books---it is one of my favorite things to do in the world---A cuppa tea, a couple of lighted candles in the room, a cozy corner and a good book. Bliss !!

1:00PM PDT on Oct 22, 2010

The Gospel of Food is another food book I've heard of. As always, try getting the book from your library before buying your own copy!

9:47AM PDT on Oct 20, 2010

Awesome, I have Kingsolvers book and this is motivating me to read it!

8:45AM PDT on Oct 20, 2010

My husband and I have read Barbra Kingsolvers' book twice, I read it out loud to him, even the recipes. We've also read everything by Michael Pollan and have watched him on The Daily Show. We recommend books by Jerry Apps, a professor of agriculture at University of Wisconsin. He writes of the "good old" farm days in Wisconsin. And we recommend Mother Earth News, wonderful articles and some recipes.

8:04AM PDT on Oct 20, 2010

Thanks Judi,
Of the books in your photo, I have read and love "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," "Farm City," and "In Defense of Food." I would have to add "Full Moon Feast," "Nourishing Traditions," and "Good Calories, Bad Calories" to the top of my list. To see the books that I recommend, visit: and

7:15AM PDT on Oct 20, 2010

I love cooking on recipe books there's always something different and tasty.

11:04PM PDT on Oct 19, 2010


3:20PM PDT on Oct 19, 2010

Thank you.

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