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Miscellany 08/31/2022
The days are getting shorter, but our reading list isn't! 

We spent the summer with our noses buried in books that explore how food plays an important role in building a healthier and more equitable society.

We’ve rounded up our favourites in this Books with Bite list. Happy reading!

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.

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.

Feed the Resistance
Julia Turshen 

“In this work I am constantly reminded that food has true power.”

Dubbed as “the must-have handbook for anyone looking to make a difference,” Feed the Resistance is part cookbook, part collection of essays from activists in the worlds of food, politics and social justice.

Sweet Charity? 
Jan Poppendieck

Jan Poppendieck 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 it’s struggling to solve. 

Food Bank Nations
Graham Riches 

Riches asks “why is it now publicly acceptable to feed donated surplus food, dependent on corporate food waste, to millions of hungry people?” Read Food Bank Nations to understand the current emergency food sector and how we might create a better system for food justice for all.

Palaces for the People 
Eric Kleinenberg

"I leave feeling uplifted by the cheering, the camaraderie, the joy of watching people who hardly know one another turn their neighborhood into a community."

In Palaces for the People, Kleinenberg advocates for sharing values AND spaces. In America where there seems to be deeper divisions growing everyday, shared spaces can create crucial, life-saving connections.

That’s definitely something we can get behind!

Namwayut - We Are All One: A Pathway to Reconciliation
Chief Robert Joseph 

Chief Robert Joseph, Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk People, shares his journey from surviving residential school as a child to the present day where he serves as a leader who inspires hope and collective change toward reconciliation.

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

Alice P. Julier explores the ways in which Americans eating 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, Guerrilla 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. 

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants
Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer draws from her life as an Indigenous botanist to show us how plants and animals offer us gifts and lessons. In this touching book, Kimmerer reflects on the creation of Turtle Island and the forces at work today that threaten its existence. 
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