Whether or not you eat beef or consume dairy, America's relationship with cattle is incredibly important to understand. And, if you want to get truly informed about the state of the cattle industry and how we could improve it to be more sustainable, there's no more exhaustive book out there than "Cowed" by Dennis Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes.
Conventional wisdom tells us that raising cattle is surely bad for the environment and that eating red meat, and beef in particular, is surely bad for us. In her new book, Nicolette Hahn Niman challenges these assumptions and offers a well-researched alternative to those ideas.
Ever found yourself in a grocery aisle stymied over competing labels and claims, wondering which food is the best buy for you? Good news - help is here! And regardless of how much you know about the healthiness of food, Stefanie Sacks' astoundingly helpful new book has something for you.
"What is wrong with us? What is really preventing us from putting out the fire that is threatening to burn down our collective house?" asks Naomi Klein early in This Changes Everything. Her new book on the relationship between climate change and capitalism is a must-read, smart and feisty call to action.
The San Francisco Gate called the book "politically brave" and it truly is. Foodopoly is a compelling read and a rock-solid resource for anyone trying to figure out how we went from a nation of healthy farmers to the fast food nation we currently live in, and how we might be able - with hard work - to get home again.
During the holiday season, the mindset of overabundance and a house full of dinner guests can lead to even more waste. We asked Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland, why food waste in our country is so high and what we can do to help ourselves and others during the holiday season.
Steve Coll's Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power is a fascinating book on the global dominance of oil. It's a thrilling and informative read.
We are all looking for happiness. Is it possible that it’s as close as the end of our forks? Tyler Graham and Drew Ramsey, MD, whose new book, The Happiness Diet: A Nutritional Prescription for a Sharp Brain, Balanced Mood, and Lean, Energized Body, features with a juicy burger on the cover, say it is. And the good looking burger on the cover of their book - meat, cheese, bun, veggies and all - are part of the prescription.
No Happy Cows provides a terrific overview of many Big Issues in Food Today and resources to help navigate the grocery store (and the internet). John Robbins argues that we owe it to ourselves as consumers (and eaters) to engage with our food system more mindfully.
The Prince’s impressive speech is a book, now available in most bookstores. In his foreword, Wendell Berry calls Prince Charles the only eminent person with "both the clarity to see and the courage to speak candidly about the obvious failures and dangers of industrial agriculture." Here, here!
You probably know Ted Danson from Cheers, but with the release of his new book, "Oceana," you get a chance to also know the actor as a 25-year ocean advocate.
Ted Danson spent the last 25 years actively working on the environmental challenges facing our oceans, most notably by founding Oceana and now he’s published a book by the same name.
Author Steven Halwey talks about salmon recovery, dam politics and his new book "Recovering a Lost River". As recovery efforts fail river stakeholders find themselves pitted against the utilities and the federal government.
Marissa Guggiana, a meat purveyor from northern California, writes the way people should flip pancakes - lightly, skillfully, joyfully - and you can't help but be inspired by her portraits of the new culinary superstars.
What Howard seems to take away from the project is the singular idea that, hey, he doesn’t have to buy eggs anymore when he can get them from his chicken. Really? That’s all? I wasn’t expecting a zealous conversion to the merits of urban farming, but I did expect more reflection on how The Farm, despite its failures, fit within the larger context of the sustainable food movement.
Paul Greenberg’s new book chronicles the past and future of four fish that dominate the modern seafood market: salmon, sea bass, cod and tuna.