The Locavore’s Bookshelf: Real Food

Reading Nina Planck’s Real Food: What to Eat and Why was an exercise in both elation and frustration. On the one hand, I was thrilled to read my own intuitive (and educated) trust in whole, natural foods ably articulated by a facile writer who makes a good case that a lot of conventional nutritional wisdom […]

The Locavore’s Bookshelf: Chew On This

Eric Schlosser’s excellent book, Fast Food Nation is one of those works that is destined to become a classic work of non-fiction; the clarity of his prose and his arguments about the state of the US’s food culture, fat intake and fast food obsession ensure that anyone who reads the book -will- sit up and […]

The Locavore’s Bookshelf: The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Everyone is reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Naturaly History of Four Meals, and talking about it. And, everywhere you go in the media, Michael Pollan is there, talking about the ethics of eating. It seems that I cannot open a newspaper, magazine or look at a blog without Pollan’s name, book, byline or […]

The Locavore’s Bookshelf: Holy Cows and Hog Heaven

This self-published book, subtitled, The Food Buyer’s Guide to Farm Friendly Food, by Joel Salatin is probably one of the most important books a locavore can own. In a mere 129 pages, Salatin, the self-described Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist farmer of Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, explains the hows and whys of supporting local farmers […]

The Locavore’s Bookshelf: What to Eat

When Marion Nestle sets out to write a consumer’s guide to food, she doesn’t mess around. She writes a big ole doorstop of a book, filled with facts and figures and some more facts and figures, and if you get tired of them, she throws a few more facts your way. The woman is a […]

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