The Reading List

It is finally here.   The comprehensive list of books we will pick from for our independent reading assignment!  Below is a compilation of books inspired by the themes of the course.  Feel free to comment with more additions!

*Aquaponics: A Step by Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together by Sylvia Bernstein

“I chose this book because of it’s theme of sustainable agriculture and because it teaches you how to garden.”

*Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

*Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

“I chose this book because of it’s theme on science and technology and how at times to can go to far.”

*Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty by Mark Winne

*Diet for a New America by John Robbins

This book focuses on “vegetarianism, environmental impact of factory farming and animal rights.”

*The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans by Patricia Klindienst

*Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

“I have wanted to read this book for a long time because a lot of my friends respect him as a writer–and the book has led many of my friends to become vegetarian. While I have never been convinced to become vegetarian from books I have read and movies I’ve seen, I’m curious to see how I will react to the information in this book in terms of my personal choices.”

*The Edge of the Sea by Rachel Carson

An excerpt: “It seems more fitting than The Sea Around Us as it treats the shoreline, where life is abundant, and which we will see the most (out of all other marine zones). From what I’ve read of this, it seems that Carson treats marine life with the beauty and awe it deserves. It is also supposed to serve as a handy guidebook for general marine life by the shoreline (according to a review on Amazon) so I hope it’ll serve a practical purpose as well.”

*The Ethics of What We Eat by Peter Singer

*Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer By Novella Carpenter

“This book is an easy read about a young woman trying to grow–and raise–all of her own food in her backyard in West Oakland. Her attitude shines through strongly in her writing, and the end of the book, while certainly eventful, has an uplifting message about the concept of urban farming.”

*Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser

*Food, Inc. by Peter Pringle

*Food Justice (Food, Health and the Environment) by Robert Gottlieb

*Food Politics by Marion Nestle

 *Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan.

*The Gastronomical Me by M.F.K. Fisher

*Harvest for Hope: a guide for mindful eating by Jane Goodall

*Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

*The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

“I chose this book because of it’s theme on food and knowing what what we eat.”

*Life and Death in Monterey Bay by Stephen Palumbi

“A story of Monterey’s ecological and social revival.”

*Life of Pi by Yann Martel

*The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway

*The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

*Out of Poverty by Paul Polack

*Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

*The Real Cost of Cheap Food by Michael Carolan

This book “looks at how food has become reduced to price/oz, yield/acre, calories and the damage the production of cheap food causes on our environment and health.”

*Recipe for America: Why our Food System is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It by Jill Richardson

This book “outlines how America’s food system is dominated by agribusiness and corporate farms and proposes a soln of sustainable, local, and seasonal agriculture.”

*The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson

*Song for the Blue Ocean by Carl Safina

“I love how Carl Safina takes you to places you’d never be able to go.  Reading this book feels like exploring the ocean, and falling in love with it.”

*Walden by David Thoreau


Talk about them, pick one, read it!  Then, you’ll tell the group about it in the last few weeks of the quarter.




One thought on “The Reading List

  1. Additional picks from Matt Rothe, a D. School Fellow and our Faculty Sponsor for the trip. Any blog readers are welcome to comment with book suggestions!

    Bringing it to the Table by Wendell Berry
    has helped to inform my views on agrarian economics and agroecology.

    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
    was highly motivational in our pursuit of urban micro farming, as I call it, and it became a strategic tool for convincing my mom to raise turkeys and pigs on her property in Colorado, which is from where nearly all our meat now comes.

    Empires of Food by Rimas and Fraser
    offers a historical look at, and analysis of the role of faulty food systems in the failure of previous empires. It offers a useful framework for understanding the factors that contribute to system collapse or shrinkage. While it’s a stark reminder that we seem to be in a period of history repeating itself, the framework is useful for understanding what we need to change in order to sustain the system indefinitely.

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