21 New Books That Will Change The Way You Look At Food

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Food Tank is excited to present our 2016 Winter Reading List: a collection of the recent literature on food and farming. Topics cover Asian-American recipes, Senegalese food, references for sustainable farming entrepreneurs and aid workers, books on folklore and food history, as well as scientific research and books devoted to specific ingredients.

Reading about the ingredients, dishes, people, and ideas featured here is the perfect way to satiate your intellectual appetite and inspire your cooking. Here are 21 books to sink your teeth into this winter.

Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver

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Chef Jamie Oliver gets personal in his latest book by focusing on health and nutrition — topics that he has become very passionate about. The recipes in Everyday Super Food are intended to make cooking simple, fun, delicious, and healthy.

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Food and Folklore Reader by Lucy Long

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The Food and Folklore Reader explores how food affects cultures and traditions. From religious beliefs and holidays to power, gender, race, and class, food is an integral component of our lives.

The Carbon Farming Solution by Eric Toensmeier

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The Carbon Farming Solution explores how agriculture might be an important part of solutions to climate change rather than a global contributor to the problem.

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Forked: A New Standard for American Dining by Saru Jayaraman

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Saru Jayaraman’s forthcoming book on restaurant workers will explore the hidden side of labor in the food industry — from line cooks to waitstaff.

(Available February 1, 2016)

Biofuels, Food Security, and Developing Economies by Nazia Mintz-Habib

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Dr. Mintz-Habib of the University of Cambridge researches the use of crops for biofuels and shows how this phenomenon is affecting food production and food security in developing countries.

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Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace by Vandana Shiva

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Author and environmental activist Vandana Shiva argues in support of "earth democracy," which includes respect for natural resources and the reestablishment of land for the public good. Shiva cautions that unchecked globalization and disregard for the environment will eventually be disastrous for humanity.

The Ethical Meat Handbook by Meredith Leigh

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Meredith Leigh seeks a middle ground between carnivores and vegetarians in her new handbook on ethical meat consumption. From basic butchery and charcuterie to integration of animals into home gardens, Leigh explores a variety of topics to suggest that animals can be a sustainable aspect of environmental management.

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Anubandh by Dr. Ela Bhatt

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Dr. Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India, explores how basic human needs can be met locally to integrate solutions to poverty, social exploitation, and environmental degradation. Bhatt advocates for communities to provide environmental restoration through holistic living.

Food52 Vegan: 60 Vegetable-Driven Recipes for Any Kitchen by Gena Hamshaw

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Food52 Vegan is an effective and delicious way to step up one's plant-based, vegetable-forward repertoire.

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Food Truckin': Recipes from the World's Best Food Trucks by Graffito Books

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Food Truckin' contains recipes and stories from myriad fun and inventive food trucks in cities across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and Africa. A taco truck introduces Sweden to Mexican food. A Korean-Mexican barbecue truck is invigorating the L.A. food scene. And a South African food truck offers high-end dishes committed to variety and organic sourcing.

Cities and Agriculture edited by Henk de Zeeuw and Pay Drechsel

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As the world's urban population begins to outnumber the global rural populace, Cities and Agriculture brings together an international team of authors to examine cutting-edge solutions to the challenge of feeding urban populations.

The Insect Cookbook: Food for a Sustainable Planet by Arnold van Huis, Henk van Gurp, and Marcel Dicke

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Created by two entomologists and a chef, The Insect Cookbook contains everything you ever wanted to know about insect protein. Recipes are paired with extensive information on sourcing, purchasing, and storage.

The Myths of Safe Pesticides by Andre Leu

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With a foreword by activist and scientist Dr. Vandana Shiva, The Myths of Safe Pesticides explores the role of chemicals in agriculture and advocates for a global shift to organic practices.

The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meat by Rebecca Thistlethwaite and Jim Dunlop

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In The New Livestock Farmer, experienced livestock farmers Thistlethwaite and Dunlop explore scaling up responsible animal production. From government regulation to food safety, many thorny aspects of livestock farming are uncovered, offering a guide for producers and consumers alike.

Just Food: Philosophy, Justice, and Food, edited by J.M. Dieterle

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Just Food is a compilation of philosophical essays that examine the complex relationship between food and some of society's greatest challenges, including poverty, racism, and gender inequality.

Nutrition for Developing Countries by Felicity Savage-King and Ann Burgess

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A vital resource for nutrition workers, aid workers, agricultural workers, and teachers, Nutrition for Developing Countries provides extensive information on how to help malnourished individuals in developing countries.

Permaculture for the Rest of Us by Jenni Blackmore

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Through humor and photography, Blackmore illustrates how permaculture can be easily practiced by urbanites and rural dwellers alike. Both informational and inspirational, the handbook offers a personal account of the struggles of trial-and-error as well as practical solutions to homestead sustainability.

Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes from the Source to the Bowl by Pierre Thiam

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New York–based Senegalese Chef Pierre Thiam showcases unique flavors, ingredients, recipes, and people from his native Senegal — a country whose cuisine has been too often overlooked.

Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers by Lisa Kivirist

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Soil Sisters is filled with business advice and sustainable farming techniques for women farmers and entrepreneurs. It gathers information from more than 100 successful female farmers to provide a unique perspective on agriculture.

Yams in West Africa: Food, Money, and More by Felix Nweke

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Nweke highlights a versatile, nutritious, and delicious food that is central to West African diets but still overlooked by many chefs and consumers. While yam production is beset with challenges related to its production, distribution, and technology, Nweke argues that the crop can help pull its producers out of poverty.

World Hunger: 10 Myths by Frances Moore Lappé and Joseph Collins

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Distinguished food writers Lappé and Collins bring our attention to the true causes of hunger by addressing global crises such as population growth and climate change. World Hunger argues that sustainable agriculture can lead the world to food security.

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