What’s on Your Real Food Bookshelf?

I’ve been building a real food bookshelf for years. Probably the first two books were ones my mom had when during the summer I first considered myself a gardener some 26 years ago: Carol Hupping’s “Stocking Up” and “Rodale’s Garden Answers.” Since then I’ve purchased additional practical books: from Seed Saver Exchange’s “The Seed Garden” to Sandor Elilix Katz’s “The Art of Fermentation,” from Marion Nestle’s “What to Eat” to Harold McGee’s “On Food and Cooking.”

I also have a healthy batch of books critical of the current food system — half of which are by Wendell Berry. But I also have “A Bone to Pick” by Mark Bittman and Bill McKibben’s “Deep Economy,” to name just two.

And then there are the books I have on people recounting their immersion in becoming producers of real food, from Lucie B. Amundsen’s “Locally Laid” to Kristin Kimball’s “The Dirty Life.”

But enough about my collection. “What’s on Your Real Food Bookshelf?”


Joyfully married to Rebecca. Friend to my pup, Luca. Passionate about justice. Love gardening, blogging, and dark chocolate.

One thought on “What’s on Your Real Food Bookshelf?

  • 16 May 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Oh I love this topic! I’m more on the cooking side than the gardening side but the gardening book that inspired me last year, and more so this year, is The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden by Karen Newcomb.

    In terms of reading about real food and cooking, I just pulled Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle off the shelf to re-read again.

    And a couple books that I love about the role of food in cultural identity are Miriam’s Kitchen: An Memoir by Elizabeth Ehrlich and The Cooking Gene by Michael Twitty. The first is a story of the author discovering the importance of Judaism to her through her mother-in-law’s cooking and recipes. The second is a story of an African American man looking to explore his family history through food and cooking. Both were very powerful for me.


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