Urban Farming Book List

Urban Farming Book List

Jun 09

If you have a small yard or no yard at all, or if you have very little experience with gardening, you may find the prospect of growing your own food daunting. Because we live in a city and know that cities are most in need of fresh food, here’s a list of books related to urban farming and self-sufficiency that we have found. Many we have read or browsed, though some we have not. Some will...

Book Review: The Town That Food Saved

Book Review: The Town That Food Saved

May 26

I’ve been working on this book for a while, reading chapters intermittently between all the other books and magazines on my plate. (Perhaps you remember Laura’s initial post on this book, after we first heard about it?) Originally, Laura and I sought out this book after a friend mentioned Hardwick, Vermont, a small town that is trying to be a model for local food economies throughout...

Book Review: One-Straw Revolution

Book Review: One-Straw Revolution

Apr 18

I was somewhat skeptical about this book, The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka, with its Eastern-philosophy title and the monk-on-a-mountain synopsis. It’s not as if I have anything against Eastern philosophy, or monks teaching on mountain-tops, but agriculture is very practical, filled with physical activity, dirt and living things. And that’s what I’m really interested...

Book Review: Farm City

Book Review: Farm City

Mar 13

Our dreams of one day raising layer hens and maintaining huge raised-bed gardens in our backyard has led us in search of a wide variety of resources. Urban farming is our current craze, and we are apparently not alone. This movement is taking root (pun intended) in large cities and urban areas around the country (but mostly on the West Coast), where inner city residents are converting their...

Book Review: Righteous Porkchop

Book Review: Righteous Porkchop

Oct 02

Changing your diet for the sake of the animals may seem like a quaintly liberal, faintly extreme thing to do, even to those who normally tend toward a naturalistic worldview. For some, it’s right up there with free love, nature-worshiping, and communal living. If there’s any book that will open your mind and direct you to the more practical and quantifiable effects of large-scale...

Almost Meatless

Almost Meatless

Aug 28

Book Review While perusing at my local library I stumbled across a cookook called, Almost Meatless: Recipes That Are Better for Your Health and the Planet by Joy Manning and Tara Desmond. I took it home and dove right in. The preface is exactly what I was hoping! The two authors talk about how the American diet is way overloaded with meat, and that we don’t need to eat that much of it....

The Butcher and the Vegetarian

The Butcher and the Vegetarian

Aug 10

A book about a vegetarian who asks, "Should we eat meat, how much meat should we eat, where do you buy it and how the heck do you cook it? With the redemption of broccoli on one shoulder, the temptation of bacon on the other, she tries to figure out the world of meat and the men who live in it." Click read more for full review.

The Vegetable Dishes I Can’t Live Without

The Vegetable Dishes I Can’t Live Without

Aug 03

Since I have never been a vegetarian, and I don't know all that many, I have never heard of Mollie Katzen. Until now. And let me tell you, she's been popping up in many of the books I am reading and her cookbook from the library is here on the coffee table.

The Kind Diet

The Kind Diet

Jul 29

My mother who has been very supportive and curious about our food experiment, got me a book from the library the other day. She checked out 'The Kind Diet' by Alicia Silverstone (yes Miss Clueless, Batgirl herself). Mom read it before she handed it off to me and said that the title made her think it would be for us, but once she read it she realized "She's (Alicia) telling everyone to be one of those vegan people and she's kinda a nut".

The One Dish Vegetarian

The One Dish Vegetarian

Jul 22

My first book to be read cover to cover from the library was "The One-Dish Vegetarian" by Maria Robbins. I know now from shopping around that instead of eating meat about 6 nights a week, we're only going to be able to afford it about twice a week. Overall, this cookbook was a good one, but some of the dishes would be too light to be eaten as a dinner meal and others would still need a roll and a salad on the side to round it would for a full meal.