Recommended Reading

“Food, Inc.”

Okay, this one isn’t exactly “reading,” but it is HIGHLY recommended viewing. Anyone who eats food needs to see this film, nominated for an Oscar in 2010.

“The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” “In Defense of Food,” and “Food Rules” by Micheal Pollan

This guy has gotten a lot of press lately and was featured as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2010. He’s a genius. 🙂

“Ecological Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman

This book doesn’t pertain just to food, specifically, but to all consumer products. It discusses the “hidden impacts” of what we buy. This concept is similar to Micheal Pollan’s discussion of the hidden costs of cheap food. If you have ever been troubled by out of control consumerism, read it.

“Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver

The author’s family did a year of local eating like we are. If you are a fan of Barbara Kingsolver’s work then this is even more of a must-read.

“Square Foot Gardening” by Mel Bartholomew

How to grow more food in less space- and no more weeds, fertilizing or tilling! This is what we based our raised beds on and folks, they are the BEST.

“Four-Season Harvest” by Eliot Coleman

This guy details how he grows organic vegetables in his garden without added heat year-round…. in MAINE. Yes.

“Home Cheesemaking” by Ricki Carroll

This is the book by the “Cheese Queen” that we use for our cheeses and they all turn out like a dream.

“The Complete Joy of Home Brewing” by Charlie Papazian

We use this book for our beer brewing and it is quite a good book, if somewhat quirky. “Relax… Don’t worry… Have a homebrew.” If you are going to use this book, get used to hearing that! He has at least one other book out that I have seen.

“Recipes for Self-Sufficient Living” by Martineau, Phipps and Hornberger

This is an old book we are borrowing from Celesta. I have no idea if it is still in print but it is fantastic. Self-sufficient recipes for just about anything you can think of.


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