The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter by Peter Singer and Jim Mason
This book is a great follow up to Omnivore's Dilemma. The authors follow 3 families, one that eats a typical diet, one that eats mostly organic and a vegan family. They research every food they buy and how it was produced. There is a lot of detail in this book about factory farming and traditional agriculture. More detail than in Omnivore's Dilemma. There was an interesting discussion about local food and when it isn't better to buy local. This book was the first time I had heard anyone say that buying local may not be the end all be all of life. The one thing I didn't like about this book is the authors are VERY preachy about the vegan lifestyle. Not being vegan, it was off-putting, but not enough to detract from the book as a whole.Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, and Steven L. Hopp
I'm sure almost everyone has read this book by now, but in case you haven't run out and do so! This book was written by Barbara Kingsolver (Poisonwood Bible author) about the year she and her family ate totally locally. It starts with their move cross country to a small farm and talks about how they planted and cared for the gardens, what they ate and how they managed to find local food in the winter. I was surprised by how enjoyable a book this was, I thought the premise sounded a bit boring but it wasn't at all. Barbara has a great writing style and I really got into their story. She provides enough personal details that you feel you really know the family. And the recipes are great!