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American Agriculture tells the story of farming in American from contact between Native Americans and Europeans to the present. Agricultural historian Mark V. Wetherington provide a narrative overview of significant historical trends explored through specific crop regions and their emergence over time. He traces the decline of the family farm that at one time formed the backbone of America's agrarian culture and the emergence of large industrial farms that overproduce subsidized commodity crops.
Publication Date: [Health & Medical Issues Today Ser.] Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood Pr., 2021. 207 p.
Description: This book provides an accessible introduction to food inequality in the United States, offering readers a broad survey of the most important topics and issues and exploring how economics, culture, and public policy have shaped our current food landscape. Food inequality in the United States can take many forms. From the low-income family unable to afford enough to eat and the migrant farm worker paid below minimum wage to city dwellers stranded in an urban food desert, disparities in how we access and relate to food can have significant physical, psychological, and cultural consequences. These inequalities often have deep historical roots and a complex connection to race, socioeconomic status, gender, and geography. This book is divided into three sections. Part I explores different types of food inequality and highlights current efforts to improve food access and equity in the U.S. Part II delves deep into a variety of issues and controversies related to the subject, offering thorough and balanced coverage of these hot-button topics. Part III provides a variety of useful supplemental materials, including case studies, a timeline of critical events, and a directory of resources.
Discover the tremendous pleasure of learning how to do it yourself how to cook, sew, clean, and more, the way it used to be taught in Home Ec class. With illustrated step by step instructions, plus relevant charts, lists, and handy graphics, Home Ec for everyone offers a crash course in learning 118 practical life skills-everything from frosting the perfect birthday cake to fixing a zipper to whitening a dingy T-shirt to packing a suitcase (the right way). It's all made clear in plain, nontechnical language for any level of DIYer, and it comes with a guarantee: No matter how simple the task, doing it with your own two hands provides a feeling of accomplishment that no app or device will ever give you.
An empowering collection of delicious, practical recipes that will teach young adults and kitchen novices all the skills they need to cook for themselves. A collection of 100 delicious, practical recipes that will teach young adults and kitchen novices how to cook for themselves. In How to Cook, Hugh distills the cooking lessons that everyone should master into twenty-five basic building blocks- easy-to-grasp recipes that can turn anyone, young or old, into a confident home cook. Each of these recipes teaches a fundamental skill, such as roasting or whisking together a classic vinaigrette, and each stands alone as a stellar back-pocket basic. After laying the ground work, How to Cook then offers recipes that expand on these foundations, whether it's remixing the flavors of one of the basic recipes, or combining a couple of them, to show you how you can produce a lifetime's worth of dishes.
Call Number: Received Not Yet Cataloged-Grant Book
Publication Date: New York: Viking, 2021. 389 p.
Reviewed: LR July 2021 p. 14. Description: We love animals, but does that make the animals’ lives any happier? With factory farms, climate change and deforestation, this might be the worst time in history to be an animal. If we took animals’ experiences seriously, how could we eat, think and live differently? This is a lively and important portrait of our evolving relationship with animals, and how we can share our planet fairly. Mance works in an abattoir and on a pig farm to explore the reality of eating meat and dairy. He explores our dilemmas over hunting wild animals, over-fishing the seas, visiting zoos and saving wild spaces. What might happen if we extended the love we show to our pets to other sentient beings? In an age of extinction and pandemics, our relationship with animals has become unsustainable. Mance argues that there has never been a better time to become vegetarian or vegan, and that the conservation movement can flourish, if people in wealthy countries shrink our footprint. Mance seeks answers from chefs, farmers, activists, philosophers, politicians and tech visionaries who are redefining how we think about animals.
Plant diversity sustains all animal life, and the genetic diversity within plants underpins global food security. This text provides a practical and theoretical introduction to the strategies and actions to adopt for conserving plant genetic variation, as well as explaining how humans can exploit this diversity for sustainable development.
'Planting the Seeds of Research' explores why by the beginnings of the twentieth century the United States dominated agricultural production worldwide. The thesis is that the ultimate investments made by the United States Department of Agriculture and State governments created the research structure that made American agriculture spectacularly successful. The social commitment, by business, government and farmers built the productive capabilities that generated sustainable prosperity in American agriculture. The ultimate investment in agriculture enabled Americans over time to spend less of their disposable income on food and more on other goods and services, and compete in international agricultural markets.
The Self-Sufficient Backyard is helping Americans transforming from an honest homeowner into an independent, self-sufficient person that has an extra income and doesn't owe anybody a thing. You will not be troubled with what happens to the world around you, because everything you need is where it should be: on your property!
Publication Date: New York: Amistad/HarperCollins, 2021. xiii, 351 p.
Reviewed: PW 11 Jan. 2021 p. 48. Description: In this impressive anthology, Natalie Baszile brings together essays, poems, photographs, quotes, conversations, and first-person stories to examine black people’s connection to the American land from Emancipation to today. In the 1920s, there were over one million black farmers; today there are just 45,000. Baszile explores this crisis, through the farmers’ personal experiences. In their own words, middle aged and elderly black farmers explain why they continue to farm despite systemic discrimination and land loss. The Returning Generation–young farmers, who are building upon the legacy of their ancestors–talk about the challenges they face as they seek to redress issues of food justice, food sovereignty, and reparations. (publ.)
Publication Date: Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021. xiv, 364 p.
Reviewed: NYT/BR 14 Mar. 2021 p. 18; TLS 19 Mar. 2021 p. 20. Description: The story of humankind is usually told as one of technological innovation and economic influence–of arrowheads and atomic bombs, settlers and stock markets. But behind it all, there is an even more fundamental driver: Food. Mark Bittman offers a panoramic view of how the frenzy for food has driven human history to some of its most catastrophic moments, from slavery and colonialism to famine and genocide–and to our current moment, wherein Big Food exacerbates climate change, plunders our planet, and sickens its people. Even still, Bittman refuses to concede that the battle is lost, pointing to activists, workers, and governments around the world who are choosing well-being over corporate greed and gluttony, and fighting to free society from Big Food’s grip. Sweeping, impassioned, and ultimately full of hope, Bittman reveals not only how food has shaped our past, but also how we can transform it to reclaim our future. (publ.)
"A gutsy success story" about one tenacious woman's journey to escape rural poverty and create a billion-dollar farming business--without ever leaving the land she loves The youngest of her parents' combined twenty-one children, Sarah Frey grew up on a struggling farm in southern Illinois, often having to grow, catch, or hunt her own dinner alongside her brothers. She spent much of her early childhood dreaming of running away to the big city--or really anywhere with central heating. At fifteen, she moved out of her family home and started her own fresh produce delivery business with nothing more than an old pickup truck. The Growing Season tells the inspiring story of how a scrappy rural childhood gave Frey the grit and resiliency to take risks that paid off in unexpected ways. Rather than leaving her community, she found adventure and opportunity in one of the most forgotten parts of our country.
Publication Date: Oakland: U. Calif. Pr., 2020. vii, 196 p.
Description: A considered and thoughtful question-and-answer collection that showcases the expertise of food politics powerhouse Marion Nestle in exchanges with environmental advocate Kerry Trueman. These informative essays show us how to advocate for food systems that are healthier for people and the planet, moving from the politics of personal dietary choices, to community food issues, and finally to matters that affect global food systems. Nestle has been thinking, writing, and teaching about food systems for decades, and her impact is unparalleled. This book provides an accessible survey of her opinions and conclusions for anyone curious about the individual, social, and global politics of food. (publ.)
An accessible, practical resource for pasture-based rabbit production-complete with rabbit husbandry basics, enterprise budgets, and guidelines for growing, processing and selling rabbits commercially.
Publication Date: New York: Voracious/Little, Brown, & Co., 2020. xx, 316 p.
Reviewed: PW 22 June 2020 p. 38. Description: It is long past time to recognize Black excellence in the culinary world the same way it has been celebrated in the worlds of music, sports, literature, film, and the arts. Black cooks and creators have led American culture forward with indelible contributions of artistry and ingenuity from the start, but Black authorship has been consistently erased from the story of American food. Now chef, author, and television star Marcus Samuelsson gathers together an unforgettable feast of food, culture, and history to highlight the diverse deliciousness of Black cooking today. Driven by a desire to fight against bias, reclaim Black culinary traditions, and energize a new generation of cooks, Marcus shares his own journey alongside 150 recipes in honor of dozens of top chefs, writers, and activists–with stories exploring their creativity and influence. (publ.)
This volume responds to the growing interest in adopting aerial robots (UAVs, or drones) for agricultural crop production, which are revolutionizing farming methods worldwide. The book provides a detailed review of 250 UAVs that examines their usefulness in enhancing profitability, yield, and quality of crop production. Recent trends indicate an increase in agricultural drone production and use. Millions of dollars have been invested in start-ups that produce agro-drones in the past several years. This compendium examines the most useful drones and provides the pertinent details about each drone, its producer, cost incurred, and its pros and cons. It covers their technical specifications, suitability for various purposes, previous performances in farms, and possible benefits to farmers.
From entr es to one-dish meals, salads to sandwiches, and desserts to snacks, this collection offers hassle-free recipes for busy cooks like you who are short on time but want to fix great-tasting meals their family will love.
Eat fresh, fast, and healthy--even in college. Discover a college cookbook with more than 100 recipes--ranging from classic staples to more adventurous options--that can be made with just 5 ingredients, and in less time than it takes to watch an episode of your favorite TV show. Every dish in this college cookbook is fresh, healthy, affordable, and designed to help newly-independent first-time cooks refine their own palate, even with limited resources.
This two-volume examination of US agricultural policies includes analyses on the federal crop insurance program, the sugar program, constraints on domestic production, and policy-mandated price discrimination.
American Farms, American Food bridges the gap between agricultural production and food studies allowing readers to learn about both subjects up close and in detail. Beyond that, the book provides background on the domestication, breeding, and development of crop plants and livestock that have become the food we eat. Themes such as the family farm, local food production, organic agriculture, genetically modified crops, food imports, and commodity exports are developed in nine separate chapters. The chapters treat specific crops or livestock types from the point of view of both production and consumption, highlighting the changes that have taken place in both farming strategies and food preferences over the years.
Farmers, ranchers, and homesteaders who know how to weld can repair and even fabricate some equipment on their own, saving both time and money. Basic Welding for Farm and Ranch introduces this crucial skill and covers the most popular techniques used by the home hobbyist and DIY devotee, with chapters and detailed illustrations dedicated to oxyacetylene welding (or gas welding), stick welding, MIG, and arc welding, as well as brazing and soldering. Along with guidance on equipment selection and use, and safety precautions, this book offers 12 projects and repairs commonly faced on the small farm or homestead, with step-by-step photography guiding readers through building a wall-mount hay feeder, repairing a garden rake, making horseshoe hooks, and more.
Berries have been juicy staples of the human diet for millennia. They are of such significance to Northern and Eastern Europeans that picking them in the wild is deemed "everyman's right," an act interwoven with cultural identity. Arndt Anderson presents a lushly illustrated ramble through the curious history of our favorite fruits.
Filmmaker and novice farmer John Chester chronicles the eight-year quest he and Molly Chester went on when they traded city living for 200 acres of barren farmland in the foothills of Ventura County and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.
Pigs are everywhere in United States history. They cleared frontiers and built cities (notably Cincinnati, once known as Porkopolis), served as an early form of welfare, and were at the center of two nineteenth-century "pig wars." American pork fed the hemisphere; lard literally greased the wheels of capitalism. J. L. Anderson has written an ambitious history of pigs and pig products from the Columbian exchange to the present, emphasizing critical stories of production, consumption, and waste in American history. He examines different cultural assumptions about pigs to provide a window into the nation's regional, racial, and class fault lines, and maps where pigs are (and are not) to reveal a deep history of the American landscape.
Description: From its pre-Christian origins to the present, food has always been central to Christmas; a feast at which tradition, nostalgia, innovation, symbolism, and indulgence all come together at the table. This book explores the rich story of Christmas food and feasting, tracing the history of how our festive menu evolved and inherited elements of pagan ritual, medieval traditions, early modern innovations, Victorian romanticism, and contemporary commercialism. … With recipes and menus, this work will help modern readers understand the feasts of Christmas past, and perhaps incorporate some of those old dishes into Christmas-present festivities. (publ.)
To translate the journey from a living cow to a glass of milk into tangible terms, Kathryn Gillespie set out to follow the moments in the life cycles of individual animals--animals like the cow with ear tag #1389. She explores how the seemingly benign practice of raising animals for milk is just one link in a chain that affects livestock across the agricultural spectrum. Gillespie takes readers to farms, auction yards, slaughterhouses, and even rendering plants to show how living cows become food.
Bring mushrooms into your life as you dive into the practice of home-scale mushroom cultivation With applications in permaculture, urban farming, cooking, natural medicine, and the arts, interest in home-scale mushroom cultivation is exploding. DIY Mushroom Cultivation is the remedy, presenting proven, reliable, low-cost techniques for home-scale cultivation that eliminate the need for a clean-air lab space to grow various mushrooms and their mycelium. Beautiful full-color photos and step-by-step instructions accompany a foundation of mushroom biology and ecology to support a holistic understanding of the practice. DIY Mushroom Cultivation is the ideal guide for getting started in the fascinating and delicious world of fungiculture.
Reporting from Africa, Mexico, India, and the United States, Timothy A. Wise's Eating Tomorrow discovers how in country after country, agribusiness and its well-heeled philanthropic promoters have actually exacerbated food crises. Most of the world, Wise reveals, is fed by hundreds of millions of small-scale farmers, people with few resources and simple tools but a keen understanding of what and how to grow. These same farmers - who already grow more than 70 percent of the food eaten in developing countries - can show the way forward as climate rises and population increases.
Social scientist and animal advocate Jacy Reese analyzes the social forces leading us toward the downfall of animal agriculture, the technology making this change possible for the meat-hungry public, and the activism driving consumer demand for plant-based and cultured foods.
Roll Up Your Sleeves and Build a Better Farm! Loaded with complete plans and easy-to-follow construction tips, this book offers a creative mix of both practical and decorative projects for working and hobby farms. Veteran family farmers and 4-H alumni Samantha and Daniel Johnson present 20 essential projects for aspiring homesteaders. From log jacks, rabbit hutches, and milking stools to a goat see-saw and a barn quilt, clear step-by-step color photographs guide the reader through each hands-on project. An introduction to the DIY mindset explains the positive benefits and satisfaction of building things yourself, and provides an overview of the basic tools and skills needed to complete each task. Make fun items like a barn quilt and a goat see-saw.
When you think of food additives, you may think of sugary foods that come in wild colors not found in nature. But there is a lot more to additives than that from preservatives that keep food fresh longer to the artificial flavorings you love. Where do they come from? Are they safe? This book has the inside story on additives of all kinds. The media is full of advice about what foods to eat and what to avoid. Unfortunately, the advice is constantly changing and often contradictory. Know Your Food explains the real story about what's on your plate.
From gluten-free to all-Paleo, GMOs to grass-fed beef, our newsfeeds abound with nutrition advice. Whether sensational headlines from the latest study or anecdotes from celebrities and food bloggers, we're bombarded with "superfoods" and "best ever" diets promising to help us lose weight, fight disease, and live longer. At the same time, we live in an over-crowded food environment that makes it easy to eat, all the time. The result is an epidemic of chronic disease amidst a culture of nutrition confusion-and copious food choices that challenge everyday eaters just trying to get a healthy meal on the table.
Globalization has impacted many aspects of life, and the food chain is no exception. Approximately one-quarter of America's food supply is imported, and while food production and manufacturing companies financially benefit from sourcing food from other countries, regulating these food sources becomes increasingly difficult. How does food regulation and inspection differ between countries? What can be done to ensure food imported from other countries is safe for consumption, and how can we make sure people involved in the food production process around the world are treated ethically? Readers will explore the many considerations affecting the global food chain.
Publication Date: [Q&A Health Guides Ser.] Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-Clio, 2019. 136 p.
Description: How accurate is the Nutrition Facts Panel, and who decides what information goes on it? Why don’t all foods have nutrition or ingredient information? How can you tell if a product is organic, non-GMO, or ethically produced? Are words such as “all-natural” and “light” on packaging meaningful or just clever marketing? This book provides an approachable introduction to food labels. While aimed primarily at teens and young adults, it is a valuable tool for anyone who wants to better understand what food labels are really saying and make healthy food choices. (publ.)
Eating healthy gets a whole lot easier with this delicious collection of 75 recipes--each one photographed--for nutritious and satisfying meals made quickly in your electric pressure cooker, all developed by a certified nutritionist and cookbook author for maximum health and flavor. In The Fresh and Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook, Megan Gilmore presents recipes that use easy-to-find, whole-food ingredients for simple weeknight meals from morning to night--through the revolutionary cooking power of the Instant Pot, an electric, programmable multicooker.
Publication Date: Oakland: U. Calif. Pr., 2019. x, 374 p.
Description: The foods we eat have a deep and often surprising past. Many foods we consume today–from almonds and apples to tea and rice–have histories can be traced along the tracks of the Silk Road out of prehistoric Central Asia to European kitchens and American tables. Organized trade along the Silk Road dates to at least Han Dynasty China in the second century B.C., but the exchange of goods, ideas, cultural practices, and genes along these ancient trading routes extends back five thousand years. Balancing a broad array of archaeological, botanical, and historical evidence, this book presents the fascinating story of the origins and spread of agriculture across Inner Asia and into Europe and East Asia. Through the preserved remains of plants in archaeological sites, Robert N. Spengler III identifies the regions where our most familiar crops were domesticated and follows their routes as people carried them around the world. (publ.)
You can experience deeper satisfaction in Christ when you discover the joy of living free from food fixation. Ciuciu shows you how a healthier relationship with food and a renewed sense for purpose can be achieved by creating new habits that honor God. She provides affirmations based on God's Word to help you overcome your food addictions.
Bioactivated charcoal -- called biochar -- is the new darling of organic gardeners, embraced for its outstanding abilities to enrich the soil and improve plant growth. Gardening with Biochar is the first comprehensive guide to understanding, making, and using it effectively in the home garden. In this highly accessible handbook, long-time garden writer Jeff Cox explains what biochar is and provides detailed instructions for how it can be made from wood or other kinds of plant material, along with specific guidelines for using it to enrich soil, prevent erosion, and enhance plant growth.
A comprehensive, visual collection of more than 80 master recipes (with variations) for gluten- and allergen-free breads, muffins, scones, cakes, cookies, pies, tarts, and more, developed and refined by a baking instructor/pastry chef to achieve stellar results every time.
Publication Date: New York: Greenhaven Pr., 2020. 199 p.
Note: Library Standing Order. Description: As of 2015, one in three people worked in agriculture globally. With agriculture contributing only 3 percent of the global GDP, it is challenging for those workers to earn a living wage. Concerns are levied against companies in the food industry, with questions raised about their ethics and their treatment of workers, livestock, and the environment. The massive scale of the industry makes regulation difficult, but under-regulation can result in public health crises. The diverse viewpoints in this volume explore the controversies, challenges, and solutions involved in providing food in our world today. (publ.)
Brittany changed her relationship with food and lost an astonishing 125 pounds in a year through diet alone. She cut processed and takeout foods from her diet and eliminated gluten, most grains, and sugar, all without sacrificing the flavors of the foods she loved, and quickly grew legions of fans as she shared her meal plans on InstantLoss.com. Armed with a collection of 125 all-new delicious recipes for the Instant Pot, air fryer, and more, Brittany's latest book shows how to make this a sustainable lifestyle with kid and family-friendly meals--from Strawberry Shortcake Oatmeal to Cowboy Chili to Easy 2-Minute Pork Chops.
"Iowa Barns yesterday and today takes the reader on a tour of all 99 counties with 800 photos of barns and other buildings, accompanied by stories that portray their diversity, past and present." ---Back cover
Leslie Mackie offers a treasury of recipes from Seattle's beloved Macrina Bakery. From breads to salads, pies to sandwiches you are sure to find a recipe in this attractive collection that will become a tradition at your house.
This deeply informative text reveals that the animals we commonly see as livestock have rich evolutionary histories, species-specific behaviors, breed tendencies, and individual variation, just as those we respect in companion animals such as dogs, cats, and horses. To restore a similar level of respect for livestock, McKenna examines ways we can balance the needs of our livestock animals with the environmental and social impacts of raising them, and she investigates new possibilities for human ways of being in relationships with animals. This book thus offers us a picture of healthier, more respectful relationships with livestock.
The health and profitability of grass-based livestock begins with the food they eat. In Managing Pasture, author Dale Strickler guides farmers and ranchers through the practical and ideological considerations behind caring for the land as a key part of running a successful grass-based operation, from the profitability of replacing expensive grain feed with nutrient-rich native grasses to the benefits of ecologically-minded land management. In-depth examinations of the biology and benefits of grazing plants and different grazing strategies accompany detailed plans for paddock and fencing set-ups, livestock watering, and effective methods for dealing with common pasture problems throughout the seasons, from mud to drought.
The word "meadow" conjures images of wide expanses of land, but a mini meadow -- a kind of informal flower garden started with seed sown directly into the soil -- can be any size; plus, it's fun, easy to grow, and good for the planet. With as little as 50 square feet and for less than $20, gardeners can plant a colorful meadow that demands little in the way of space, mowing, or maintenance, uses less water and provides habitat for pollinators -not to mention a natural exploration space for children. From choosing the right variety of seeds, preparing the soil, sowing evenly, and watering well, author Mike Lizotte guides readers through the process of successfully creating a miniature meadow
Reading this book is as restorative and inspiring as an afternoon spent in the garden. Through a beautifully wrought landscape of words he shares with us his wealth of knowledge, and teaches us to see the gardens around us with new eyes, whether in the countryside, village or city.
"Enemy of the mild, champion of the bold, Ms. Roman offers recipes in Nothing Fancy that are crunchy, cheesy, tangy, citrusy, fishy, smoky and spicy. An unexpected weeknight meal with a neighbor or a weekend dinner party with fifteen of your closest friends--either way and everywhere in between, having people over is supposed to be fun, not stressful. This abundant collection of all-new recipes--heavy on the easy-to-execute vegetables and versatile grains, paying lots of close attention to crunchy, salty snacks, and with love for all the meats--is for gatherings big and small, any day of the week. Alison Roman will give you the food your people want (think DIY martini bar, platters of tomatoes, pots of coconut-braised chicken and chickpeas, pans of lemony turmeric tea cake) plus the tips, sass, and confidence to pull it all off.
"Sustainable" has long been the rallying cry of agricultural progressives; given that much of our nation's farm and ranch land is already degraded, however, sustainable agriculture often means maintaining a less-than-ideal status quo. In One Size Fits None Anderson follows diverse farmers across the United States: a South Dakota bison rancher who provides an alternative to the industrial feedlot; an organic vegetable farmer in Florida who harvests microgreens New Mexico super-small farmer who revitalizes communities; and a North Dakota midsize farmer who combines livestock and grain farming to convert expensive farmland back to native prairie. The use of these nontraditional agricultural techniques show how varied operations can give back to the earth rather than degrade it. This book will resonate with anyone concerned about the future of food in America, providing guidance for creating a better, regenerative agricultural future.
Learn how to use natural no-till systems to increase profitability, efficiency, carbon sequestration, and soil health on your small farm. The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution is the comprehensive farmer-developed roadmap showing how no-till lowers barriers to starting a small farm, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, increases efficiency and profitability, and promotes soil health. Farming without tilling has long been a goal of agriculture, yet tilling remains one of the most dominant paradigms; almost everyone does it. But tilling kills beneficial soil life, burns up organic matter, and releases carbon dioxide. If the ground could instead be prepared for planting without tilling, time and energy could be saved, soil organic matter increased, carbon sequestered, and dependence on machinery reduced.
Pigs, Pork, and Heartland Hogs is a celebration of the 12,000-year connection between humans and the world's most commonly consumed meat: pork. Throughout history, pigs shaped cultures and cuisines. Introduced into the Americas, they changed lives and, in time, helped define the Midwest, reflecting the region's diversity and abundance..
A New York Times Notable Book Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley set out to ensure food safety. He selected food tasters to test various food additives and preservatives, letting them know that the substances could be harmful or deadly. The tasters were recognized for their courage, and became known as the poison squad.
Explores a wide variety of topics in modern agriculture. From the use of big data and new technologies for monitoring water levels and weather, and the use of biotechnology in seed production and new non-chemical ways to control pests and weeds, this volume provides students and researchers with new and interesting ways to look at agricultural production in modern society. Access Online via Library Catalog.
Reinventing Rural is a collection of original research papers that examine the ways in which rural people and places are changing in the context of an urbanizing world. This includes exploring the role of the environment, the economy, and related issues such as tourism. While traditionally relying on primary sector work in agriculture, mining, natural resources, and the like, rural areas are finding new ways to sustain themselves. This involves a new emphasis on environmental protection, as one important strategy has been to capitalize on natural amenities to attract residents and tourists.
In Seeds of Science, eco-activist Mark Lynas lifts the lid on the controversial story and misunderstood science of GMOs. In the mid-1990s, as the global media stirred up a panic about the risks of genetically modified crops, Lynas destroyed crop fields and spoke out in the press...until he realized he was wrong.
Publication Date: London: Leaping Hare Pr., 2019. 176 p.
Reviewed: TLS 20 Dec. 2019. Description: He’s a man on a mission–dedicated to weaning us from our entrenched and over-processed food habits, encouraging us to go for the purest, most natural and efficient way to cook and eat, committed to de-industrializing our food system so that we eat fresh, waste less and make the most of what na-ture gives us. “Closed-loop systems,” “radical suppliers,” “off-grid ingredients,” “waste-free prep” and “clean farming” are just some of the words you will find in this polemic on the future of food as we know it. These are just some of the raw ingredients deftly chopped and mixed into an irresistible and intoxicating fusion. Part inspiration, part practical kitchen know-how, part philosophy–just add anarchic flavours and a dash of pure hope for a beautifully crafted book destined to be a refreshingly radical addition to your kitchen library. Douglas McMaster is a chef, restaurateur, Master Chef UK finalist, and pioneer of the zero-food waste movement. He has worked in over 20 restaurants in Europe and Australia, including St John, London’s acclaimed nose-to-tail shrine, Heston Blumenthal’s renowned The Fat Duck, and wild food-foraging-locavore temple, Noma, in Copenhagen. In 2015, Doug opened Silo, the first zero-waste restaurant in Brighton, where they mill their own flour, brew their own beer, source wonky and off-grid plant food, and compost their own waste. He thinks about pure, natural foods every day. (publ.)
For backyard grilling enthusiasts, smoking has become an essential part of the repertoire. Butcher and charcuterie expert Jake Levin's comprehensive guide, Smokehouse Handbook, guarantees mouthwatering results for producing everything from the perfect smoked salmon to a gorgeous smoked brisket. Levin demystifies the process of selecting the right combination of meat, temperature, and wood to achieve the ultimate flavor and texture. Detailed step-by-step photos show the various techniques, including cold-smoking, hot-smoking, and pit roasting. Featured recipes include specialty brines and rubs along with preparation guidelines for all the classic cuts of meat, including ham, brisket, ribs, bacon, and sausage, as well as fish and vegetables.
Description: Tracing the world history of agriculture from earliest times to the present, Isett & Miller argue that people, rather than markets, have been the primary agents of agricultural change, exploring the actions taken by individuals and groups over time. Analyzing their activities in the wider contexts of markets, states, wars, the environment, population increase, and similar factors, the authors emphasize how larger social and political forces inform decisions and lead to different technological outcomes (publ.)
The humble soybean is the world's most widely grown and most traded oilseed. And though found in everything from veggie burgers to cosmetics, breakfast cereals to plastics, soy is also a poorly understood crop often viewed in extreme terms--either as a superfood or a deadly poison. In this illuminating book, Christine M. Du Bois reveals soy's hugely significant role in human history as she traces the story of soy from its domestication in ancient Asia to the promise and peril ascribed to it in the twenty-first century.
Tonic is a colourful celebration of healing tonics inspired primarily by systems of traditional medicine from the East, adapted to suit the West. It demonstrates how to make the most of kitchen cupboard staples, such as herbs and spices how they can be used in the modern world to improve our overall health and wellbeing. Showcasing over 50 tasty homemade tonic recipes to help balance energy and support your body's natural defences, each tonic has been carefully crafted to restore, invigorateand heighten your state of mind. So whether you're suffering from low immunity, digestion problems, feeling tired, run down or just stressed, these tonics will not only tickle your taste buds but will raise your energy, and lift your mood. Including an extensive pantry list and a helpful ailment index, Tonic offers all-natural and exciting ways to treat basic ailments quickly, safely, and effectively at home.
This detailed and comprehensive overview of meat-free diets introduces readers to their long history in human cultures and analyzes some of the important questions and issues surrounding their practice in today's world. * Illustrates the rich background of individuals who have promoted and practiced vegetarianism throughout the ages * Describes some reasons that people choose to become vegetarians or vegans * Talks about the positive and negative nutritional issues involved in living a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle.
Whole Farm Management is a comprehensive guide developed by the Small Farms Program at Oregon State University to help aspiring and beginner farmers make smart, strategic business decisions to ensure lasting success.
Now you can identify wild berries and fruits! Learn what's edible and what to avoid with this easy-to-use field guide. The nearly 200 species in this revised and updated book are organized by color, then by form, so when you see something in the field, you'll know just where to look to learn more about it. Full-page photos and insets show each plant's key identification points, while detailed descriptions give you the information you need to know.
Wildly Successful Farming tells the stories of farmers across the American Midwest who are balancing profitability and food production with environmental sustainability and a passion for all things wild. They are using innovative techniques and strategies to develop their "wildly" successful farms as working ecosystems. Whether producing grain, vegetables, fruit, meat, or milk, these next-generation agrarians look beyond the bottom line of the spreadsheet to the biological activity on the land as key measures of success.
Publication Date: New York: Abrams Pr., 2019. 400 p.
Reviewed: TLS 24 Jan. 2020 p. 33. Description: Unites the radical, diverging female voices of the food industry in this urgent, moving, and often humorous collection of essays, interviews, questionnaires, illustrations, quotes, and ephemera. Edited by Charlotte Druckman and featuring esteemed food journalists and thinkers, including Soleil Ho, Nigella Lawson, Diana Henry, Carla Hall, Samin Nosrat, Rachael Ray, and many others, this compilation illuminates the notable and varied women who make up the food world. Exploring issues from the #MeToo movement, gender bias in division of labor and the workplace, and the underrepresentation of women of color in leadership, to cultural trends including food and travel shows, the intersection of fashion and food, and the evolution of food writing in the last few decades, Women on Food brings together food’s most vital female voices. (publ.)
The Worm Farmer's Handbook details the ins and outs of vermicomposting for mid- to large-scale operations, including how to recycle organic materials ranging from food wastes and yard trimmings to manure and shredded office paper. Vermicomposting expert Rhonda Sherman shares what she has learned over twenty-five years working with commercial worm growers and researchers around the world. Her profiles of successful worm growers across the United States and from New Zealand to the Middle East and Europe describe their proven methods and systems.
Publication Date: New York: Bloomsfield, 2018. 272 p.
Reviewed: Choice (Dec. 2018 vol. 56 no. 4) Outstanding academic title; Highly recommended for community college libraries. Description: Long before the invention of the ready meal, humans processed food to preserve it and make it safe. From fire to fermentation, our ancestors survived periods of famine by changing the very nature of their food. This ability to process food has undoubtedly made us one of the most successful species on the planet, but have we gone too far? Through manipulating chemical reactions and organisms, scientists have unlocked all kinds of methods to improve food longevity and increase supply, from apples that stay fresh for weeks to cheese that is matured over days rather than months. And more obscure types of food processing, such as growing steaks in a test-tube and 3D-printed pizzas, seem to have come straight from the pages of a science-fiction novel. These developments are keeping up with the changing needs of the demanding consumer, but we only tend to notice them when the latest scaremongering headline hits the news. This book explores how processing methods have evolved in many of the foods that we love in response to big business, consumer demand, health concerns, innovation, political will, waste and even war. (publ.)
Publication Date: Morgantown: West Virginia UP, 2019. xiii, 285 p.
Reviewed: PW 14 Jan. 2019 p. 40; Choice (Jun. 2019 vol. 56 no. 10); Top 75 books recommended for community college libraries. Description: : Pigs are everywhere in United States history. They cleared frontiers and built cities (notably Cincinnati, once known as Porkopolis), served as an early form of welfare, and were at the center of two nineteenth-century “pig wars.” American pork fed the hemisphere; lard literally greased the wheels of capitalism. J.L. Anderson has written an ambitious history of pigs and pig products from the Columbian exchange to the present, e-phasizing critical stories of production, consumption, and waste in American history. He examines different cultural assumptions about pigs to provide a window into the nation’s regional, racial, and class fault lines, and maps where pigs are (and are not) to reveal a deep history of the American landscape. This is an accessible, deeply researched, and often surprising portrait of one of the planet's most consequential interspecies relationships (publ.)
Publication Date: Chicago: U. Chicago Pr., 2018. 272 p.
Reviewed: TLS 30 Nov. 2018 p. 3; PW 23 July 2018 p. 192; Choice (May 2019 vol. 56 no. 9); Top 75 Books highly recommended for community college libraries. Description: To translate the journey from a living cow to a glass of milk into tangible terms, Kathryn Gillespie set out to follow the moments in the life cycles of individual animals—animals like the cow with ear tag #1389. She explores how the seemingly benign practice of raising animals for milk is just one link in a chain that affects livestock across the agricultural spectrum. Gillespie takes readers to farms, auction yards, slaughterhouses, and even rendering plants to show how living cows become food. The result is an empathetic look at cows and our relationship with them, one that makes both their lives and their suffering real. (publ.)
Publication Date: London: Ginko Library, 2018. 232 p.
Reviewed: Choice (Apr. 2019 vol. 56 no. 8) Top 75 books highly recommended for community college libraries. Description: The Fertile Crescent region has long been regarded as pivotal to the rise of civilisation. Alongside the story of human development, innovation, and progress, there is a culinary tradition of equal richness and importance. This book shows Heine’s deep knowledge of the cookery traditions of the Umayyad, Abbasid, Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal courts. In addition to a fascinating history, Heine presents more than seventy recipes–from the modest to the extravagant–with dishes ranging from those created by the celebrity chefs of the bygone Mughal era, up to gastronomically complex presentations of modern times. Beautifully produced, designed for both reading and cooking, and lavishly illustrated throughout, The Culinary Crescent is sure to provide a delectable window into the history of food in the Middle East. (publ.) Note: Originally published as: Köstlicher Orient: Eine Geschichte der Esskultur, Mit über 100 Rezepten (Berlin: Klaus Wagenbach, 2016).
Publication Date: Boston: Beacon Pr., 2018. xvi, 214 p.
Reviewed: LJ 1 Nov. 2018 p. 82. Description: Social scientist and animal advocate Jacy Reese analyzes the social forces leading us toward the downfall of animal agriculture, the technology making this change possible for the meat-hungry public, and the activism driving consumer demand for plant-based and cultured foods. Reese contextualizes the issue of factory farming–the inhumane system of industrial farming that 95 percent of farmed animals endure–as part of humanity's expanding moral circle. Humanity increasingly treats nonhuman animals, from household pets to orca whales, with respect and kindness, and Reese argues that farmed animals are the next step. Reese applies an analytical lens of “effective altruism,” the burgeoning philosophy of using evidence-based research to maximize one’s positive impact in the world, in order to better understand which strategies can help expand the moral circle now and in the future. This book is not a scolding treatise or a prescription for an ascetic diet. Reese invites readers–vegan and non-vegan–to consider one of the most important and transformational social movements of the coming decades. (publ.)
Publication Date: White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2018. x, 355 p.
Reviewed: Choice (Jul 2019 vol. 56 no. 11); Highly recommended. Description: In 1920, 14 percent of all land-owning US farmers were black. Today less than 2 percent of farms are controlled by black people–a loss of over 14 mil-lion acres and the result of discrimination and dispossession. While farm management is among the whitest of professions, farm labor is predominantly brown and exploited, and people of color disproportionately live in “food apartheid” neighborhoods and suffer from diet-related illness. The system is built on stolen land and stolen labor and needs a redesign. This book is the first comprehensive “how to” guide for aspiring African-heritage growers to reclaim their dignity as agriculturists and for all farmers to understand the distinct, technical contributions of African-heritage people to sustainable agriculture. At Soul Fire Farm, author Leah Penniman co-created the Black and Latinx Farmers Immersion (BLFI) program as a container for new farmers to share growing skills in a culturally relevant and supportive environment led by people of color. … Throughout the chapters Penniman uplifts the wisdom of the African diasporic farmers and activists whose work informs the techniques described–from whole farm planning, soil fertility, seed selection, and agroecology, to using whole foods in culturally appropriate recipes, sharing stories of ancestors, and tools for healing from the trauma associated with slavery and economic exploitation on the land. Woven throughout the book is the story of Soul Fire Farm, a national leader in the food justice movement. The technical information is designed for farmers and gardeners with beginning to intermediate experience. For those with more experience, the book provides a fresh lens on practices that may have been taken for granted as a historical or strictly European. Black ancestors and contemporaries have always been leaders–and continue to lead–in the sustainable agriculture and food justice movements. It is time for all of us to listen. (publ.)
Publication Date: Cambridge, England: Royal Society of Chemistry, 2019. xvii, 321 p.
Reviewed: Choice (Jul. 2019 vol. 56 no. 11); Top 75 Books recommended for community college libraries. Description: Including interviews from both sides of the (farmyard) fence; from biologists to farmers and nutritionists to activists, this book charts the history of GM foods from the laboratory to the global dinner plate. Equally informative and entertaining, Godwin chronicles the social, political and philosophical arguments for and against GM crops, and the science and knowledge behind the battle for global food security and sustainability. (publ.)
Publication Date: Washington, D.C.: Island Pr., 2019. xvi, 268 p.
Reviewed: Choice (Jul. 2019 vol. 56 no. 11); Highly recommended for community college libraries. Description: When Bob Quinn was a kid, a stranger at a county fair gave him a few kernels of an unusual grain. Little did he know, that grain would change his life. Years later, after finishing a PhD in plant biochemistry and returning to his family’s farm in Montana, Bob started experimenting with organic wheat. In the beginning, his concern wasn’t health or the environment; he just wanted to make a decent living and some chance encounters led him to organics. But as demand for organics grew, so too did Bob’s experiments. He discovered that through time-tested practices like cover cropping and crop rotation, he could produce successful yields–without pesticides. Regenerative organic farming allowed him to grow fruits and vegetables in cold, dry Montana, providing a source of local produce to families in his hometown. He even started producing his own renewable energy. And he learned that the grain he first tasted at the fair was actually a type of ancient wheat, one that was proven to lower inflammation rather than worsening it, as modern wheat does. Ultimately, Bob’s forays with organics turned into a multi-million dollar heirloom grain company, Kamut International. (publ.)
Publication Date: Washington, D.C.: Island Pr., 2019. xiii, 327 p.
Reviewed: Choice (Jul 2019 vol. 56 no. 11); Top 75 Books recommended for community college libraries. Description: Americans enjoy some of the cheapest, most convenient food on the planet. But like most bargains that are too good to be true, the modern food system is a fraud. It is built on the illusion of limitless abundance, and the planet has its limits. So too do the workers who must labor harder and faster for less pay. So too does a healthcare system that must absorb rising rates of diabetes and obesity. Through stories from around the globe, Kevin Walker reveals the true costs of our grand food bargain. By the end of the journey, we not only understand how the drive to produce ever more food became hardwired into the American psyche, but why shifting our mindset is essential. (publ.)
Publication Date: Washington, D.C.: Island Pr., 2018. 249 p.
Reviewed: Choice (Oct. 2018 vol. 56 no. 2) Top 75 books recommended for community college libraries. Description: Provides a collection of essays that break down the crucial question of how to feed the world by tackling big issues one-by-one. Covering population, water, land, climate change, technology, food systems, trade, food waste and loss, health, social buy-in, communication, and, lastly, the ultimate challenge of achieving equal access to food, the book reveals a complex web of factors that must be addressed in order to reach global food security. This resource unites contributors from different perspectives and academic disciplines, ranging from agronomy and hydrology to agricultural economy and communication. Hailing from Germany, the Philippines, the U.S., Ecuador, and beyond, the contributors weave their own life experiences into their chapters, connecting global issues to our tangible, day-to-day existence. (publ.) Note: 2nd copy at Calmar library; call no. 338.19 How.
Publication Date: Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner, 2019. xii, 183 p.
Reviewed: Choice (Jun. 2019 vol. 56 no. 10) Top 75 books recommended for community college libraries. Description: In the United States today, 50 million people don’t have enough food. How is this possible in one of the world’s wealthiest countries? Why hasn’t the problem been solved? Is it simply an economic issue? Challenging conventional wisdom, the authors explore the causes and consequences of food insecurity; assess some of the major policies and programs that have been designed to reduce it; and consider alternative paths forward. (publ.)
Reviewed: PW 30 Apr. 2018 p. 50; LJ Aug. 2018 p. 114. Description: Camas Davis was at an unhappy crossroads. A longtime magazine editor, she had left New York City to pursue a simpler life in her home state of Oregon, with the man she wanted to marry, and taken an appealing job at a Portland magazine. But neither job nor man delivered on her dreams, and in the span of a year, Camas was unemployed, on her own, with nothing to fall back on. … So when a friend told her about Kate Hill, an American woman living in Gascony, France who ran a cooking school and took in strays in exchange for painting fences and making beds, it sounded like just what she needed. She discovered a forgotten credit card that had just enough credit on it to buy a plane ticket and took it as kismet. Upon her arrival, Kate introduced her to the Chapolard brothers, a family of Gascon pig farmers and butchers, who were willing to take Camas under their wing, inviting her to work alongside them in their slaughterhouse and cutting room. In the process, the Chapolards inducted her into their way of life, which prizes pleasure, compassion, community, and authenticity above all else, forcing Camas to question everything she’d believed about life, death, and dinner. (publ.)
Publication Date: New York: Oxford UP, 2019. 270 p.
Reviewed: Choice (Jul. 2019 vol. 56 no. 11) Top 75 books highly recommended for community college libraries. Description: The food system has changed considerably in the last century. Horsepower was replaced by machine, better crop breeding programs helped usher in the Green Revolution, and problems of malnutrition began to run parallel with those of obesity. Despite changes, many of the problems we face remain the same. Farms continue to lose soil, and low-income households still have difficulty acquiring healthy food. Add to these challenges a host of new ones. Globalization has caused some agricultural communities to feel threatened. Everyone recognizes problems of malnutrition, obesity and food sustainability, but many disagree on solutions. One thing is certain: confronting both familiar and new challenges will lead to radical changes in the food system. Though the exact form of radical change is unknown, this book looks to a host of candidates by interviewing the people who champion them. (publ.)
Publication Date: Rowman & Littlefield Studies in Food and Gastronomy Ser.] Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. xii, 250 p.
Reviewed: Choice (Mar. 2019 vol. 56 no. 7) Top 75 Books highly recommended for community college libraries. Description: A celebration of the 12,000-year connection between humans and the world’s most commonly consumed meat: pork. Throughout history, pigs shaped cultures and cuisines. Introduced into the Americas, they changed lives and, in time, helped define the Midwest, reflexting the region's diversity and abundance. (publ.)
Publication Date: New York: Penguin, 2018. xxi, 330 p., 16 p. of plates.
Reviewed: NYT/BR 21 Oct. 2018 p. 15; PW 28 May 2018 p. 84; LJ 1 Sept. 2018 p. 68; Choice (Jun. 2019 vol. 56 no. 10); Top 75 books recommended for community college libraries. Description: By the end of the nineteenth century, food in America was increasingly dangerous–lethal, even. Milk and meat were routinely preserved with formaldehyde, a practice based on the embalming of corpses. Beer and wine were preserved with salicylic acid, a pharmaceutical chemical; canned vegetables were greened-up by copper sulphate, a toxic metallic salt; rancid butter was made edible with borax, best known as a cleaning product. This was not by accident; food manufacturers had rushed to embrace the rise of industrial chemistry and were knowingly selling harmful products. Unchecked by government regulation, basic safety, or even labeling requirements, they put profit before the health of their customers. By some estimates, in New York City alone, thousands of children were killed by adulterated and chemically “improved” milk. Citizens–activists, journalists, scientists, and wornen’s groups–began agitating for change. But although protective measures were enacted in Europe, American corporations blocked even modest regulations. Then in 1883, Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, a chemistry professor from Purdue University, was named chief chemist of the United States Department of Agriculture, and the agency began methodically investigating food and drink fraud, even conducting shocking human tests on groups of young men who came to be known as the Poison Squad. Over the next thirty years, a titanic struggle took place, with the courageous and inimitable Dr. Wiley campaigning tirelessly for food safety and consumer protection. (publ.)
Publication Date: New York: Bloomsbury, 2018. 304 p.
Reviewed: LR May 2018 p. 29; Choice (Dec. 2018 vol. 56 no. 4) Top 75 books recommended for community college libraries. Description: In Seeds of Science, eco-activist Mark Lynas lifts the lid on the controversial story and misunderstood science of GMOs. In the mid-1990s, as the global media stirred up a panic about the risks of genetically modified crops, Lynas destroyed crop fields and spoke out in the press…until he realized he was wrong. This book explains why. Starting out as one of the leading activists in the fight against GMOs–from destroying experimental crop fields to leading the charge in the press–in 2013 Lynas famously admitted that he got it all wrong. Lynas takes us back to the origins of the technology, and examines the histories of the people and companies who pioneered it. He explains what lead him to question his assumptions on GMOs, and how he is currently tracking poverty by using genetic modification to encourage better harvests. (publ.)
Publication Date: Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books, 2018. 240 p.
Reviewed: LJ Aug. 2018 p. 114. Description: This engagingly illustrated book traces the journeys of these foodstuffs as they were transported from their regions of origin to faraway cultures and countries, there to take up starring roles in new cuisines. It explores each food in depth, beautifully illustrated by specially commissioned artworks, and views them through a number of prisms–social, cultural, historical, and botanical–to offer readers fresh, informative insights into seemingly everyday foods that reveal themselves as wondrous. The rich and diverse cultural stories of these seven ingredients are also told, from the magical and aphrodisiac powers associated with cacao in Mesoamerican culture to the introduction of tomatoes to Europe by the Spanish conquistadors in the sixteenth century and the earliest cultivation of rice in China’s Pearl Valley. Readers can take the seven ingredients into their own kitchens via 63 original recipes for dishes both traditional and innovative. (publ.)
Publication Date: New York: Grand Central, 2019. xiv, 287 p.
Reviewed: PW 6 May 2019 p. 54. Description: Provides a fascinating look into 18th and 19th century American history. Featuring over 150 elegant and approachable recipes featured in the eponymous television series, paired with elegantly styled food photography, readers will want to recreate these dishes in their modern-day kitchens. Woven throughout the recipes are fascinating history lessons that introduce the people, places, and events that shaped our unique American democracy and cuisine. For instance, did you know that tofu has been a part of our culture’s diet for centuries? Ben Franklin sung its praises in a letter written in 1770! (publ.)
Publication Date: Austin, Tex.: Oxtane Pr., 2018. xi, 228 p.
Reviewed: LJ March 2019 p. 69 (Best Reference 2018) Description: This rollicking ride into machine history follows the innovators, entrepreneurs, and hucksters who transformed our world with farm machines of all colors. Starting with the turn-of-the-century visionaries who saw that four wheels and a motor could replace for the horse, the book moves swiftly through key early developments to cover the power farming movement of the latter part of the 20th century–a time when major manufacturers lagged and independent builders and farmers began creating their own machines with a pencil drawing and a welder. The book includes key moments of tractor history. (publ.)
Publication Date: New York: Basic Books, 2018. vii, 310 p.
Reviewed: Choice (Apr. 2019 vol. 56 no. 8) Highly recommended for community college libraries. Description: Is chocolate heart-healthy? Does yogurt prevent type 2 diabetes? Do pomegranates help cheat death? News accounts bombard us with such amazing claims, report them as science, and influence what we eat. Yet, as Marion Nestle explains, these studies are more about marketing than science; they are often paid for by companies that sell those foods. Whether it’s a Coca-Cola-backed study hailing light exercise as a calorie neutralizer, or blueberry-sponsored investigators proclaiming that this fruit prevents erectile dysfunction, every corner of the food industry knows how to turn conflicted research into big profit. As Nestle argues, it’s time to put public health first. (publ.)
Publication Date: London: Quercus, 2018. 373 p., 16 p. of plates.
Reviewed: TLS 23 Nov. 2018 p. 29. Description: In this millennium, we have become war weary. From Afghanistan to Iraq, from Ukraine to South Sudan and Syria, from Kashmir to the West Bank, conflict is as contagious and poisonous as Japanese knotweed. Living through it are people just like us with ordinary jobs, ordinary pressures and ordinary lives. Working in the world’s most dangerous war zones, freelance war correspondent and photojournalist Lalage Snow has chanced across many testimonies to the triumph of the human spirit. In Kabul, the royal gardens are tended by a centenarian gardener, though the king is long gone; in Helmand Province, bored soldiers improvised a garden to give themselves a moment’s peace and remind them of home; on both sides of the dividing line in The West Bank and Gaza, families cultivate beautiful plants from the unforgiving disputed landscape; in Ukraine, gardeners tend their land in the middle of a surreal, frozen war. (publ.)
Publication Date: New York: Basic Books, 2019. 400 p.
Review: TLS 15 Mar. 2019 p. 48. Description: Food is one of life’s great joys. So why has eating become such a source of anxiety and confusion? Bee Wilson shows that in two generations the world has undergone a massive shift from traditional, limited diets to more globalized ways of eating, from bubble tea to quinoa, from Soylent to meal kits. Paradoxically, our diets are getting healthier and less healthy at the same time. For some, there has never been a happier food era than today: a time of unusual herbs, farmers’ markets, and internet recipe swaps. Yet modern food also kills–diabetes and heart disease are on the rise every-where on earth. This is a book about the good, the terrible, and the avocado toast. A riveting exploration of the hidden forces behind what we eat, Wilson explains how this food revolution has transformed our bodies, our social lives, and the world we live in. (publ.)
Publication Date: Madison: U . Wisconsin Pr., 2018. xiii, 205 p.
Reviewed: Choice (Mar. 2019 vol. 56 no. 7) Top 75 books recommended for community college libraries. Description: These are the stories of farmers across the American Midwest who are balancing profitability and food production with environmental sustainability and a passion for all things wild. They are using innovative techniques and strategies to develop their “wildly” successful farms as working ecosystems. Whether producing grain, vegetables, fruit, meat, or milk, these next-generation agrarians look beyond the bottom line of the spreadsheet to the biological activity on the land as key measures of success. Written by agricultural journalist Brian DeVore, the book is based on interviews he has conducted at farms, wildlife refuges, laboratories, test plots, and gardens over the past twenty-five years. He documents innovations in cover cropping, managed rotational grazing, perennial polyculture, and integrated pest management. (publ.)
Publication Date: New York: Oxford UP, 2015. viii, 155 p.
Description: The world is more interested in issues surrounding agricultural and food issues than ever before. Are pesticides safe? Should we choose locally grown food? Why do some people embrace new agricultural technologies while others steadfastly defend traditional farming methods? In the debates about organic food, genetically modified organisms, and farm animal welfare, it's not always clear what the scientific studies are actually telling us. To understand these controversies and more, the authors of this book begin by encouraging readers to develop an understanding of how two well-educated people can form radically different opinions about food. Sometimes the disputes are scientific in nature, and sometimes they arise from conflicting ethical views. This book confronts the most controversial issues in agriculture by first explaining the principles of each side of the debate, guiding readers through the scientific literature so that they can form their own educated opinions. (publ.)
Publication Date: London: Oneworld, 2017. viii, 326 p.
Reviewed: LR July 2017 p. 47 Description: Never before have we had so much information available to us about food and health. There’s GAPS, paleo, detox, gluten-free, alkaline, the sugar conspiracy, clean eating ... Unfortunately, a lot of it is not only wrong but actually harmful. So why do so many of us believe this bad science? Biochemist turned chef Anthony Warner unravels the mystery of why sensible, intelligent people are so easily taken in by the latest food fads. (publ.)
Publication Date: Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2017. 400 p.
Reviewed: NPR 10 Sept. 2017 (brief note and excerpt) Big Chicken: The Medical Mystery That Traced Back To Slaughterhouse Workers; LJ Dec. 2017 p. 32 (Best Books 2017) Description: What you eat matters—for your health, for the environment, and for future generations. In this investigative narrative, McKenna dives deep into the world of modern agriculture by way of the chicken: from the farm where it’s raised directly to your dinner table. Consumed more than any other meat in the United States, chicken is emblematic of today’s mass food-processing practices and their profound influence on our lives and health. (publ.)
Publication Date: New York: W. W. Norton, 2015. 392 p.
Description: Environmentalists Denis and Gail Boyer Hayes offer a revealing analysis of how our beneficial, centuries-old relationship with bovines has evolved into one that now endangers us. …Our society is built on the backs of bovines who indelibly stamped our culture, politics, and economics. But our national herd has doubled in size over the past hundred years to 93 million, with devastating consequences for the country’s soil and water. …In a deeply researched, engagingly personal narrative, Denis and Gail Hayes provide a glimpse into what we can do now to provide a better future for cows, humans, and the world we inhabit. They show how our relationship with cows is part of the story of America itself. (publ.)
Publication Date: New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers UP, 2017. ix, 201 p.
Reviewed: CHE 18 Aug. 2017 (new books) Description: Explores the origins of American school meal initiatives to explain why it was (and, to some extent, has continued to be) so difficult to establish meal programs that satisfy the often competing interests of children, parents, schools, health authorities, politicians, and the food industry. Through careful studies of several key contexts and detailed analysis of the policies and politics that governed the creation of school meal programs, Ruis demonstrates how the early history of school meal program development helps us understand contemporary debates over changes to school lunch policies. (publ.)
Reviewed: Choice Oct. 2017 vol. 55 no. 2 (Highly Recommended) Description: Because beliefs and practices surrounding food often inspire religious and political fervor, as well as function to unite people into insular groups, it is inevitable that “food cults” would emerge. Studying the extreme beliefs and practices of such food cults allows us to see the ways in which food serves as a nexus for religious beliefs, sexuality, death anxiety, preoccupation with the body, asceticism, and hedonism, to name a few. (publ.) Contents: 1. The Psychology of Food Cults. -- 2. The Allure Of Food Cults: Balancing Pseudoscience And Healthy Skepticism. -- 3. Food Practices In Early Christianity. -- 4. Juicing: Language, Ritual, And Placebo Sociality In A Community Of Extreme Eaters . -- 5. Contemporary Superfood Cults: Nutritionism, Neoliberalism and Gender. -- 6. Gluttons Galore - A Rising Faction in Food Discourses and Dining Experiences. -- 7. Caving In: The Appeal of the Paleo Diet in the Wake of 9/11. -- 8. “Of Bananas And Cave-men”: Unlikely Similarities Between Two Online Food Communities. -- 9. Eschew Your Food: Foodies, Healthism And The Elective Restrictive Diet. -- 10. Breaking Bread: The Clashing Cults of Sourdough and Gluten-Free. -- 11. The Gluten-Free Cult: A World Without Wheat. -- 12. Erasure of Indigenous Food Memories and (Re-)Imaginations. -- 13. “Herb Is For The Healing Of The Nation!” –Marijuana As A Consumable Vegetable Among Ghetto Muslim Youth Of Maamobi In Accra, Ghana. -- 14. What Makes A Good Mother? Mother’s Conceptions Of Good Food.
Publication Date: New York: Oxford UP, 2015. xii, 329 p.
Description: Tapping into surging interest in the impacts of our food choices on ourselves and the wider world, Paul B. Thompson provides readers with a guided tour of the landscape of food ethics, applying more than thirty years of experience working with farmers, agricultural researchers, and food system activists. Thompson follows the ethics of diet and health from the ancient world to our current obesity crisis and goes on to examine diet and health issues, livestock welfare, world hunger, social injustice in food systems, environmental ethics, Green Revolution technology, and GMOs from a philosophical standpoint. (publ.)
Publication Date: Iowa City: U. Iowa Pr., 2016. xii, 140 p.
Description: The average American farmer is fifty-eight years old, and the 40 percent of farmland owners who lease their land to others are even older: sixty-six on average. Five times as many farmers are over sixty-five as are under thirty-five. What will happen to this land? Who will own it? What if one child wants to farm but can’t afford to buy out the nonfarming siblings? What if keeping the farm in the family means foregoing the significant profits that could be earned from selling it? These sometimes painful and divisive questions confront many farmers and farmland owners today. How they answer them will shape their families and the land for generations to come. The Farm Legacy Letters project, developed by the member-driven nonprofit Practical Farmers of Iowa, is designed to help farmers and farmland owners think about their farm's future and talk about it with their families. … this book gathers the letters and stories of midwestern families about the land they cherish–how they acquired it, what they treasure most about it, and their hopes for its future. (publ.)
Publication Date: Iowa City: U. Iowa Pr., 2016. xvi, 129 p.
Description: Long-time landscape designer Judy Nauseef shows gardeners in the upper Midwest how to restore habitat and diversity to their piece of the planet by making native plants part of well-designed, thoughtfully planned gardens. Providing specific regional information, and working against the backdrop of habitat and species losses in the tallgrass prairie states, the author brings years of experience to creating landscapes that recall the now-vanished grasslands of the Midwest. Whether you have a city yard, a suburban lot, or a rural acreage, there are ideas here for you, along with examples of well-designed landscapes in which native plants enhance paths, patios, pergolas, and steps. (publ.)
Reviewed: NPR 15 May 2017 (“All Things Considered”) Grocery Stores: “The Best Of America And The Worst Of America”; Choice May 2018 vol. 55 no. 9 (Recommended for community college libraries). Description: Offers commentary on America’s relationship with its food and investigates the overlooked source of so much of it–the grocery store. In a culture obsessed with food–how it looks, what it tastes like, where it comes from, what is good for us–there are often more questions than answers. Ruhlman proposes that the best practices for consuming wisely could be hiding in plain sight–in the aisles of your local supermarket. (publ.)
Publication Date: Northampton, Mass.: Interlink, 2018. 224 p.
Description: More than 42 million people living in the United States came here from other countries. Since its beginnings, America has been a haven for people seeking refuge from political or economic troubles, or simply those in search of adventure and prosperity in a land where opportunity is promised to all. Along with their hopes and dreams, they brought valuable gifts: recipes from their homelands that transformed the way America eats. What would the Southwest be without its piquant green chili pepper sauces and stews, New York City without its iconic Jewish delis, Dearborn without its Arab eateries, or Louisiana without the Creole and Cajun flavors of its signature gumbos and jambalayas? Imagine an America without pizza or pad Thai, hummus or hot dogs, sushi or strudel–for most people, it wouldn't taste much like America at all. (publ.)
Publication Date: New York: Regan Arts, 2017. xi, 253 p.
Reviewed: NPR 25 Sept. 2017 “Ingredients: An Eye-Opening Look At The Additives In Our Food” Description: Focusing on 75 of the most common food additives and 25 ordinary food products that contain them, photographer Dwight Eschliman and science writer Steve Ettlinger demystify the contents of processed food. Together they reveal what each additive looks like, where it comes from, and how and why it is used. Essential for everyone who is concerned about the wholesomeness of their diet or merely curious about “polysorbate 60” or “tertiary butylhydroquinone” Ingredients is a visually and scientifically stunning journey from ketchup to Cool Whip. (publ.)
Publication Date: Iowa City: U. Iowa Pr., 2017. xiii, 254 p.
Reviewed: CHE 15 Sept. 2017 (new books) Description: Examines the way claims about the origins and meanings of traditional foods get made around the world, from Italy and France to Costa Rica and Thailand. It also highlights the implications of different systems for both producers and consumers. Labeling regimes have moved beyond intellectual property to embrace community-based protections, intangible cultural heritage, cultural landscapes, and indigenous knowledge. Reflecting a rich array of juridical, regulatory, and activist perspectives, these approaches seek to level the playing field on which food producers and consumers interact. (publ.)
Publication Date: New York: Sterling Publishing, 2018. 320 p.
Description: Would you like to taste Paddington Bear’s marmalade? Or a clam chowder from Moby Dick? Drawing from her popular food blog, The Little Library Café, Kate Young has created more than 100 recipes inspired by beloved works of fiction–classics and contemporary bestsellers alike, including stories for all ages. The appealing cookbook offers delectable dishes to serve for breakfast, family dinners, holiday meals, midnight feasts, and parties and celebrations. You’ll learn how to prepare the afternoon tea served at Manderley and decadent tarts the Queen of Hearts would love–all while reading food-related excerpts from your favorite books. (publ.)
Publication Date: Oakland: U. California Pr., 2017. viii, 336 p.
Reviewed: CHE 18 Aug. 2017 (new books) Description: New and exciting forms of food activism are emerging as supporters of sustainable agriculture increasingly recognize the need for a broader, more strategic and more politicized food politics that engages with questions of social, racial, and economic justice. This book highlights examples of campaigns to restrict industrial agriculture’s use of pesticides and other harmful technologies, struggles to improve the pay and conditions of workers throughout the food system, and alternative projects that seek to de-emphasize notions of individualism and private ownership. Grounded in over a decade of scholarly critique of food activism, this volume seeks to answer the question of “what next,” inspiring scholars, students, and activists toward collective, cooperative, and oppositional struggles for change. (publ.)
Publication Date: Washington, D.C.: Island Pr., 2017. xi, 171 p.
Reviewed: Choice Oct. 2017 vol. 55 no. 2 (Highly Recommended; Top 75 Titles Recommended for community college libraries) Description: Even those who find time for a family meal are cut off from the people who grew, harvested, distributed, marketed, and sold the foods on their table. Few ever break bread with anyone outside their own socio-economic group. So why does Michael Carolan say that that no one eats alone? Because all of us are affected by the other people in our vast foodscape. We can no longer afford to ignore these human connections as we struggle with dire problems like hunger, obesity, toxic pesticides, antibiotic resistance, depressed rural economies, and low-wage labor. Carolan argues that building community is the key to healthy, equitable, and sustainable food. (publ.)
Publication Date: New Haven, Conn.: Yale UP, 2009. xxii, 274 p.
Description: This book deals with an important and timely issue: the political and economic forces that have shaped agricultural policies in the Unit-ed States during the past eighty years. It explores the complex interactions of class, market, and state as they have affected the formulation and application of agricultural policy decisions since the New Deal, showing how divisions and coalitions within Southern, Corn Belt, and Wheat Belt agriculture were central to the ebb and flow of price supports and production controls. In addition, the book highlights the roles played by the world economy, the civil rights movement, and existing national policy to provide an invaluable analysis of past and recent trends in supply management policy. (publ.)
Publication Date: Iowa City: U. Iowa Pr., 2016. xv, 196 p.
Description: A profound shift is occurring among women working in agriculture—they are increasingly seeing themselves as farmers, not only as the wives or daughters of farmers. The authors draw on more than a decade of research to document and analyze the reasons for the transformation. As their sense of identity changes, many female farmers are challenging the sexism they face in their chosen profession. In this book, farm women in the northeastern United States describe how they got into farming and became successful entrepreneurs despite the barriers they encountered in agricultural institutions, farming communities, and even their own families. Their strategies for obtaining land and labor and developing successful businesses offer models for other aspiring farmers. (publ.)
Reviewed: TLS 23 Mar. 2018 p. 3; PW 9 Apr. 2018 p. 69. Description: Cows are as varied as people. They can be highly intelligent or slow to understand, vain, considerate, proud, shy or inventive. Although much of a cow’s day is spent eating, they always find time for extra-curricular activities such as babysitting, playing hide and seek, blackberry-picking or fighting a tree. This is an affectionate record of a hitherto secret world. (publ.) Note: Originally published in 2003: Preston: Farming Books & Videos, 2003.
Publication Date: Minneapolis: U. Minnesota Pr., 2017. 256 p.
Reviewed: PW 14 Aug. 2017 p. 36 (forth. 10/2017); PW 2 Oct. 2017 p. 131. Description: Sherman shares his approach to creating boldly seasoned foods that are vibrant, healthful, at once elegant and easy. Sherman dispels outdated notions of Native American fare--no fry bread or Indian tacos here--and no European staples such as wheat flour, dairy products, sugar, and domestic pork and beef. The Sioux Chef's healthful plates embrace venison and rabbit, river and lake trout, duck and quail, wild turkey, blue-berries, sage, sumac, timpsula or wild turnip, plums, purslane, and abundant wildflowers. … a rich education and a delectable introduction to modern indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories, with a vision and approach to food that travels well beyond those borders. (publ.)
Publication Date: New York: Pegasus Books, 2018. xxiv, 325 p.
Reviewed: PW 15 Jan. 2018 p. 50 Description: Prior to 1600, sugar was a costly luxury, the domain of the rich. But with the rise of the sugar colonies in the New World over the following century, sugar became cheap, ubiquitous and an everyday necessity. Less than fifty years ago, few people suggested that sugar posed a global health problem. And yet today, sugar is regularly denounced as a dangerous addiction, on a par with tobacco. While sugar consumption remains higher than ever—in some countries as high as 100lbs per head per year—some advertisements even proudly proclaim that their product contains no sugar. How did sugar grow from prize to pariah? Historian James Walvin looks at the history of our collective sweet tooth, beginning with the sugar grown by enslaved people who had been uprooted and shipped vast distances to undertake the grueling labor on plantations. (publ.)
Publication Date: Athens: U. Georgia Pr., 2017. xvi, 104 p.
Reviewed: CHE 16 June 2017 (new books) Description: How did the modern poultry industry emerge from a region of cotton farms? What business model can explain why aspiring farmers ended up as powerless, as processed, and as exploited as their chickens? The Takeover deftly examines the agricultural and social history of Up-country Georgia and reveals the matrix of contract growing, government subsidy, and rural impoverishment that enriched agribusiness integrators and freed these firms from financial and environmental risk. (Sarah T. Phillips, author)
Publication Date: New York: W. W. Norton, 2017. 240 p.
Reviewed: PW 26 June 2017 p. 107; NYT/BR 26 Nov. 2017 p. 21; NPR ("Weekend Edition" 10/8/2017) Description: Is there still a place for the farm in today’s America? The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a small ranch, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife’s fifth-generation homestead in York County, Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their small family farm—and their entire way of life—are under siege. (publ.)
Publication Date: Washington, D.C.: Island Pr., 2017. 272 p.
Reviewed: PW 14 Aug. 2017 p. 64; Choice Jun 2018 vol. 55 no. 10 (recommended for community college libraries). Description: Journalist Carey Gillam uncovers one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture, exposing new evidence of corporate influence. Gillam introduces readers to farm families devastated by cancers which they believe are caused by the chemical, and to scientists whose reputations have been smeared for publishing research that contradicted business interests. Readers learn about the arm-twisting of regulators who signed off on the chemical, echoing company assurances of safety even as they permitted higher residues of the pesticide in food and skipped compliance tests. And, in startling detail, Gillam reveals secret industry communications that pull back the curtain on corporate efforts to manipulate public perception. (publ.)
Description: Tracing cakes chronologically from the dark, moist gingerbread of New England to the elegant pound cake, the hardscrabble Appalachian stack cake, war cakes, deep-South caramel, Hawaiian Chantilly, and the modern California cakes of orange and olive oil, Byrn shares recipes, stories, and a behind-the-scenes look into what cakes we were baking back in time. (publ.) Memorize your American presidents via their favorite cakes and pies! Fruitcake … Baked Alaska …Huguenot Torte …
Publication Date: Geneva, Switz.: International Labour Office, 2014. xxvi, 234 p.
Note: Access and full download available online. URL:http://www.ilo.org/public/libdoc/ilo/2014/114B09_4_engl.pdf. Description: This manual compiles 100 illustrated examples of practical ergonomic improvements that can be achieved at low or no cost. Each checkpoint describes an action, indicates why it is necessary and how to carry it out, and provides further hints and points to remember. The checkpoints focus on ergonomically designed tools and on best techniques for handling materials and arranging workstations, physical environments, welfare facilities, teamwork methods and community cooperation. This valuable training tool is designed for all those concerned with creating a better workplace in agriculture and rural settings: employers, supervisors, workers, inspectors, safety and health personnel, trainers and educators, engineers, ergonomists and designers.
Publication Date: Notre Dame, Ind.: U. Notre Dame Pr., 2017. 2017. xxvii, 127 p.
Contents: Homeless people and vacant land — The excess of capital — Some proposed extinguishers — The amphibian farmer. Description: Edition of a previously unpublished work from 1932 that had been thought destroyed by Ransom when the Southern Agrarian poet and critic failed to find a publisher. The accomplished poet and scholar John Crowe Ransom made profound contributions to twentieth-century American literature. As a teacher at Vanderbilt University he was also a leading member of the Southern Agrarian movement and a contributor to the movement’s manifesto “I’ll Take My Stand.” Ransom’s Land! is a previously unpublished work that unites Ransom’s poetic sensibilities with an examination of economics at the height of the Great Depression. Politically charged with Ransom’s aesthetic beliefs about literature and his agrarian interpretation of economics, it was long thought to have been burned by its author after he failed to find a publisher.