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Food Reads
Books to Read
Please add comments for other “Food Books” to read.
 
Bones by Jennifer McLagan
Simply a lovely book filled with food history, folklore, and unusual recipes. The book has a “coffee-table” quality in that I found myself picking up the book at odd moments to read a short essay, such as, “Bones, Buttons and Beads” and “Wishbones”.
 
Chapters cover beef and veal, pork, lamb, poultry, fish and game. Each species is diagramed to explain the location of various cuts. Adequate discussion and various recipes are given about the use of the bones for each species.
 
I found the author’s appreciation of “bones” refreshing in this era of skinless, boneless chicken breasts. “Bone”-appetit! 
 
Full Moon Feast by Jessica Prentice
A companion read to Nourishing Traditions. I found the recipes quite doable. I enjoyed the writing style of the author. She successfully weaves her theology/philosophy, her cooking and food experiences, and her views of anthropology into entertaining reading. While you may not agree with all aspects of Prentice’s conclusions, her book is interesting and the recipes simple to use.
 
Cod by Mark Kurlansky
   History of cod fishing and its impact on economies, people and, the cod, itself. Includes old and new recipes, descriptions of how cod are caught and insights from the fisherman themselves.  
 
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
Development and impact of fast food on our culture.
 
Omnivore Dilemma by Michael Pollan
A very balance view of the various methods of raising meats.
 
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
Interesting read but the recipes were not well received by my family.
 
Food of a Younger Nation by Mark Kurlansky
This book is comprised of essays written during the depression as a project for out of work writers. Essayists submitted articles about regional cooking methods and culture. An entertaining book to read and it gave me insights into cooking collards, southern style.
 
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Chronicles the adventures of a family who chooses to only eat local foods (within 100 miles) for a year.
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Thanks for the great reading list! I have Mark Kurlansky’s book “Cod” and I’m looking forward to reading “The food of a younger land…”

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