First get angry
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the American Meal
Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad. That's a lengthy list of charges, but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.
Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health
Julia Child writes, "What a book this is! Of course we have always suspected and known some of the truth, but never in such bold detail! In this fascinating book we learn how powerful, intrusive, influential, and invasive big industry is and how alert we must constantly be to prevent it from influencing not only our own personal nutritional choices, but those of our government agencies. Marion Nastle has presented us with a courageous and masterful exposé."
Then get hopeful
Real Food for a Change
Canadian authors Wayne Roberts, Rod McRae and Lori Stahlbrand give us a powerful tool for alleviating the growing anxiety about food and show us elegantly simple solutions as home-based as the dinner table. Real Food for a Change connects individual health with the health of the community, the economy and the planet. This visionary guide helps you make positive environmental and ethical decisions about how and what you eat.
Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet
Thirty years ago Frances Moore Lappé started a revolution in the way Americans think about food and hunger. Now Frances and her daughter, Anna, pick up where Diet for a Small Planet left off. Together, they set out on an around-the-world journey to find answers to the most urgent issue of our time: Whether we are able to transcend today's consumerism and the isolation of "me-first" capitalism and find the paths that each of us can follow to heal our lives and the planet. Featuring nearly seventy recipes from celebrated vegetarian culinary pioneers.
Farm Folk, City Folk: Stories, Tips and Recipes Celebrating Local Food for Food Lovers of All Stripes [Order it directly through Farm Folk/City Folk by clicking on the link in the first line - or through Amazon.ca by clicking on the book cover.]
This book celebrates the farmers and herb gardeners, seed sellers and greenhouse growers, cheesemakers, chocolate makers, restaurateurs and chefs who are in the forefront of the local food movement in British Columbia. Farm Folk, City Folk is a book for passionate cooks, back-yard vegetable gardeners, weeding farmers and food lovers of all stripes. Proceeds from book sales go to the FarmFolk/CityFolk Society, a coalition committed to the development of a just and sustainable food system.