(Late) Summer Reading List

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It’s nearly August, which means that we are wrapping up summer (did it go by extremely fast to anyone else??) and tumbling into fall. That means you still have a month to cram your brain with as many books as you can. Or, if you have children, perhaps this is a list you can carry into fall when the little ones go back to school. We did some research and compiled a list of books that are all about food through a variety of lenses. A book for every mood, no matter what your relationship to food is.

Happy reading!


Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire and the Art of Simple Cooking

By Elissa Altman

Elissa Altman is a food writer and blogger at Poor Man’s Feast, a James Beard award-winning blog. This memoir follows Altman’s upbringing in New York City where she learned that food should be fancy, that was until she met her partner who was devoted simple living. This is a heart warming story about a city girl turned rural farmer. Bonus: 27 delicious recipes.


Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America

By Wenonah Hauter

Hauter is the executive director of Food and Water Watch and owns an organic family farm that provides vegetables to hundreds of families through a CSA. In her book, Hauter takes aim at the control of food production by a handful of large corporations – backed by political clout – that prevents farmers from raising healthy crops. The bottom line of her book is that solving the crisis will require a structural shift in politics, not just personal choice.

American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half Its Food 

By Jonathan Bloom

We had the honor and privilege to meet and spend the evening with Jonathan Bloom when he was visiting Austin. His book explores waste in our food system and how we can address these issues, both reducing food waste and saving money.


Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation 

By Michael Pollan

As one of the best known food writers, Pollan dives into the art of cooking. How it is what sets us apart from other mammals, and how the power of the four classical elements (fire, water, air and earth) transform the things we grow into delicious things we love to eat and drink. As always, he explores this subject through hands on learning through the art of grilling with fire, cooking with liquid, baking bread and fermenting.

Salt, Sugar, Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us

By Michael Moss

It’s always nice to add an in-depth investigative journalism book onto your list. This book examines just exactly how and why we can’t get enough of the salt, sugar and fat in our diets. It’s an eye-opening and informative book that will leave you with a very honest picture of how serious food advertisers are about selling us things they know are bad for us, with little to no concern for our health.


Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook

By Austin Food Bloggers

We love our community of local food bloggers. There’s a huge community of folks that are dedicated and passionate about food. This cookbook is a sampling of some of their favorite dishes and stories of life in Texas. Recipes include persian stew, czech kolaches and good ol’ fashioned Texas sheet cake.

Do it Yourself

The Backyard Homestead

By Carleen Madigan

This book is perfect if you have a small space, want to grow food and don’t know where to start. From a quarter acre it’s possible to harvest 1,400 eggs, 50 pounds of wheat, 60 pounds of fruit, 2,000 pounds of vegetables, 280 pounds of pork and 75 pounds of nuts. That’s a lot of food, it’s time to get started!

Written by cscdavis

July 26, 2013 at 4:27 pm

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