On a rainy post-Christmas day, there’s nothing better than sitting down with a cup of tea and a stack of good books to read through. Here, take a look:
Kitchen Literacy; How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back by Ann Vileisis. “It is no exaggeration to say that the single most vital connection any of us has to the natural world is the food we eat. And yet the paradox of modern life is that over the past century, most of us have become profoundly ignorant about where our food comes from and the myriad ways it affects us. In her wonderful new book Kitchen Literacy, Ann Vileisis explains how we came to forget so much about the food we eat…and how much we gain by remembering the journeys it makes to reach our tables.” William Cronon
The Dirty Life; A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball. “With wisdom and humor, Kristin Kimball describes how she abandoned her career in New York City, leaving behind everything she thought was important, for a hard, distinctly unglamorous existence that turns out to be the most fulfilling thing she’s ever done.” Jeannette Walls
Growing a Farmer; How I Learned to Live Off the Land by Kurt Timmermeister. “An entertaining and revealing account of how a successful urbanite becomes a farmer. Kurt’s personal and farm-related stories, setbacks, and celebrations will give you pause and laughter. This is a delicious story.” David Gremmels
The Real Food Revival: Aisle by Aisle, Morsel by Morsel by Sherri Brooks Vinton and Ann Clark Espuelas. “Amen! The Real Food Revival offers real and practical steps to engage a viable food system based on principles of sustainability. The compelling anecdotes of farmers and families committed to this spiritual and flavorful revival offer great hope for those in the pursuit of regaining the pleasures shared around a table.” Allen Katz
Sunday Suppers At Lucques; Seasonal Recipes From Market to Table by Suzanne Goin with Teri Gelber. “Suzanne Goin is a standout.” Alice Waters
Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyers Guide to Farm Friendly Food by Joel Salatin. “Holy Cows and Hog Heaven has one overriding objective: encourage every food buyer to embrace the notion that menus are a conscious decision, creating the next generation’s world one bite at a time.” from the back cover.
So many good books to lighten these dark winter days. And now, if you excuse me, I’m off to do some reading!