Food Fight


Book recommendations
October 16, 2006, 11:04 pm
Filed under: books, food

I like to read about sustainable food policy and the social impact of the food industy–you know, for some light reading. Actually, a lot of it is. Here are some fun books that I have read and recommend for a fun read and lots of useful information. I have some of them, so ask and I’ll be happy to let you borrow them.

Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser: Yes, we all know about this one. So if you haven’t read it yet, you should. The opening chapter is about Colorado Springs as an example of our fast food culture. My dad moved there a few years ago, and it was chilling visiting it for the first time. Everything Schosser says is true.

Don’t Eat This Book, Morgan Spurlock: (Yes, I already bogged about this, and yes, I wrote about Morgan before.) If you liked Super Size Me, you love this book. It is written in Morgan’s straight-forward and funny style, and there is all of the facts from the movie, plus more background info.

Diet for a Dead Planet, Christopher Cook: A bit more intense, but still for the general audience. I like it because it really goes into the business and politics of farming and food production. It attempts to explain the logic behind such incomprehensible policies such as farm subsidies.

Candy Freak, Steve Almond: The author goes on an entertaining journey through the “chocolate underbelly of America” to track down locally made candies, and also explains the rise of the biggies Mars and Hershey’s. What he learns about the candy industry, like shelving fees, applies to the whole food industry and it is surprisingly informative.

A History of the World in 6 Glasses, Tom Standage: A bit of a stretch for this topic, but this quick, light read discusses how beverages (beer, wine, tea, coffee, rum, and Coke) have played a key role in our society since the beginning of civilization (he actually credits beer for the founding of civilization).

On my reading list:

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