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Good Food Books for National Book Month

For those who are thinking of chucking it all, moving to the country and starting your own farm, you first might want to read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver. She outlines how she and her family decided to leave their home in Tucson, Arizona and live on her family’s farm in Virginia to eat locally for a year, with much of the food coming from their own garden/farm. They even raised their own poultry and canned their own produce.

Lastly, one of my absolute favorite authors is David Mas Masumoto. He is a second generation Japanese American Farmer, and he writes about the difficulties and the pleasures of continuing with the farming life in Central California, particularly as an organic and sustainable farmer. He is a slow food advocate and his books weave together stories of family and farming. He is a wonderful storyteller and is considered by many to be one of the most important voices of the sustainable food movement. His books include Epitaph for a Peach, Harvest Son: Planting Roots in American Soil, and Wisdom of the Last Farmer: Harvesting Legacies From the Land.

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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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