Miscellany 08/16/2019
The days are getting shorter, but our reading list isn't. Our staff have spent the summer with their noses buried in books that explore how we can build a healthier and more equitable society, and the role of food in that equation. We rounded up some of our favourites in a Books with Bite list. Dig in!
 

To the People, Food is Heaven
Audra Ang

Audra Ang takes the reader on a journey through food in China having lunch with some of the country's most notable activists, sharing meals with earthquake survivors, and getting to know a house cleaner who makes the best fried chicken in all of Beijing.

Ang provides a fresh perspective on the growing disparity between rich and poor, rural and urban through her delicious experiences across the country.



Sweet Charity? 
Jan Poppendieck

Jan Poppendick does not hold back when it comes to evaluating the status of the emergency food sector in America.

Sweet Charity is a must read for those who want to learn more about how the emergency food bank system perpetuates the problem they are struggling to solve. 



The Stop 
Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis

In telling the remarkable story of The Stop's transformation, Saul and Curtis argue that we need a new politics of food, one in which everyone has a dignified, healthy place at the table.

By turns funny, sad and raw, The Stop is a timely story about overcoming obstacles, challenging sacred cows and creating lasting change.



Palaces for the People 
Eric Kleinenberg

In Palaces for the People, Kleinenberg suggests we not only ought to have shared values but we also ought to have shared spaces. In America where there seems to be deeper divisions growing everyday, shared spaces can create crucial, life-saving connections.




Bowling Alone The Collapse and Revival of American Community 
Robert D. Putnam

In the classic Bowling Alone, Robert D. Putnam looks at the changing behaviour of Americans and the growing disconnect from one another.

With the disintegration of traditional gathering places; the church, PTA, or political parties, Putnam broke ground on diagnosing the harm that had been caused by weak physical and civic health.


 

The Cooking Gene
Michael Twitty

A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry—both black and white—through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom.

 


Feed the Resistance
Julia Turshen 

Feed the Resistance is essential reading for anyone hoping to make a difference in the food movement.

With healthy, affordable recipes Turshen has been known for, this book inspires the reader with, extensive resources, and essays from activists in the worlds of food, politics, and social justice. 



Eating Together - Food, Friendship and Inequality 
Alice P. Julier

Alice P. Julier explores the ways in which Americans eat together plays a central role in social life in the United States. In Eating Together, Julier analyzes literature on the subject through history and conducts interviews and observations of dinner parties and potlucks. Regardless the guests, social inequalities reveal themselves to Julier and the reader.




Food Rebels, Guerilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas
Mark Winne

Mark Winne takes the reader on a journey through the rapidly growing alternative food system. Food Rebels challenges the reader to go beyond just eating local and demand a sustainable system for the body and soul.

Read about activists turning wastelands into green spaces and bringing nutrition and food education into elementary schools. 



Food Bank Nations
Graham Riches 

Riches poses the question “why is it now publicly acceptable to feed donated surplus food, dependent on corporate food waste, to millions of hungry people?” Food banks were established as the primary response for people experiencing hunger but the food bank will not solve hunger or food insecurity. Read this book to understand the current emergency food sector and how we might create a better system for food justice for all.