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 Omnivore’s Dilemma. In it Pollan outlines the food chains that feed us from industrial food to organic and even foraged food. He talks about “our national eating disorder” 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 isn’t really food and the role that agribusiness plays in our food system.
For a quick read, check out Pollan’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual that outlines simple rules for eating wisely, and is less than 150 pages.
Next: More good food books