Here are 20 books Food Tank is recommending this fall.
1. California Soul: Recipes from a Culinary Journey in the West By Tanya Holland (Released October 25, 2022)
Celebrity chef, restaurateur, and soul food expert Tanya Holland has created and shared more than 80 new recipes in her upcoming cookbook, California Soul. The Dutch “California Soul Food” highlights African-South American cuisine brought to the West Coast. Her book blends environmentally conscious local ingredients with a story of regional history and migration. This cookbook links the work of the modern black food lovers, from farmers to culinary professionals, who make up this culturally rich cuisine.
2. Cooking from the Soul: Easy, Delicious, and Delightful Vegan Inspiration by Tabitha Brown
Social media personality and New York Times bestselling author Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business) Tabitha Brown has a new cookbook coming out this fall, Cooking from the Soul. The food influencer fuses her sumptuous personality and personal wisdom with many vegetarian recipes to choose from. Brown offers a range of family-friendly vegetarian meals for chefs of all levels to enjoy.
3. Dinner on Mars: The Technologies That Will Fuel the Red Planet and Transform Agriculture on Earth By Lenore Neumann and Evan D.J. Fraser
At Dinner on Mars, two food scientists explore ways humans might find their sustenance on a distant planet and the implications of these ideas for eating on Earth. For those curious and concerned about the future of our food supply in today’s climate era, Lenore Newman and Evan DG Fraser offer a unique perspective on how the dinner menu can – and should – be transformed into sustainable food production.
4. Eat and thrive: How food supports emotional well-being By Mary Beth Albright (Released November 29, 2022)
In the book Eat and Flourish, journalist Mary Beth Albright explores the effects of food on the brain. Dive into the latest research that explains the deep, and often overlooked, connection between food choices and mental health. It’s clearly laying out the science so readers can see how processed food alters motivation or how a distressed gut can lead to a depressed mind. Albright also provides readers with an accessible guide on foods and habits that encourage a healthy emotional state.
5. Food Stars: 15 Women Who Move the Food Industry Written by Elaine Mahoney (Released October 18, 2022)
Food Stars highlights the important role of women in building, changing and sustaining the food industry. Writer Elaine Mahoney delves into the lives and accomplishments of 15 women of various professions, from farmers and chefs to scientists, activists, and content makers. Mahoney’s empowering stories highlight each woman’s unique and successful path and the positive and lasting impacts she has along the way.
6. Grass-fed beef for a post-pandemic world: How renewable grazing can restore soil and climate stability. By Ridge Shane and Lyn Pledger (Released November 11, 2022)
Founder and Director of Communications at Big Picture Beef, a 100 percent grass-fed cow farm and networking company in the Northeast, is working to spread their knowledge and model of farming through Grass-Fed Beef for a Post-Pandemic World. This book introduces readers to the concept of renewable grazing and its many benefits to public health, planetary and animal health. The authors argue that a local and holistic method of meat production is more urgently needed than ever before.
7. earth makers by Mackenzie Feldman and Kathy Feldman
In their new cookbook, Groundbakers and mother-daughter duo Mackenzie and Kathy Feldman present more than 60 vegan and gluten-free recipes. With insight from the diverse stakeholders of the Recipe Blended Food System, Feldmans highlights the story behind the ingredients. They discuss the importance of a vegetarian diet in the broader context of the food industry and the impact of food choices on farms, animals, workers and the environment. (Check out the activist’s work for McKinsey over here).
8. I’m from here by Vishwesh Bhatt
Mississippi restaurateur and James-Beard award-winning chef Vishwesh Bhatt blends his Indian roots with Southern-style cuisine in more than 100 home cooking recipes. While celebrating many vegetarian meals and comfort foods, Bhatt honors his childhood in Gujarat, India and reflects on his immigration story. It also highlights the role of history, culture and complex social issues behind the ingredients that underlie its cooking.
9. KONE: A Japanese vision and practice for reconnecting urban and rural areas By Tsuyoshi Sekihara and Richard McCarthy (Released October 18, 2022)
Two community development leaders from different countries shed light on universal human values in Kony. Equality, democracy, balance and interdependence can help bridge the gap between urban and often forgotten rural areas. In particular, Sekihara and McCarthy promote principles of regeneration and circularity, in which the congregation uses food to support rather than weaken rural vitality.
Inspired by her upbringing in Wisconsin and her journey to Mexico in adulthood, journalist Ruth Conniff illustrates the unique relationship between undocumented Mexican dairy workers and Midwestern farmers in Milked. Despite opposing politics, these two groups struck up seemingly unexpected friendships. The increasing interdependence of workers and farmers reveals a prevalent commonality that is not well recognized by society. Conniff explores the implications of this association for immigration policy, labour, agriculture, and food.
11. My Ackee Tree: A Chef’s Memoir of Finding a Home in the Kitchen by Susan Barr with Susan Hancock
Readers may know Canadian Chef Susan Barr because of her famous restaurants, her appearances on television shows and documentaries, or her championing food security and marginalized communities. Bar takes readers through her personal journey as a successful chef and activist at My Ackee Tree. She reflects on her Jamaican heritage, upbringing, travels, and relationships in shaping her passion for cooking. Bar delves into the inspiring stories of extreme hardship and love embedded in the famous comfort meals she shares with the world today.
12. The Prime Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed, and the Struggle for the Future of Meat By Chloe Sorvino (Released December 6, 2022)
The Raw Deal is an investigative dive into the American meat industry. Sorvino’s compelling discoveries convey the weaknesses of a powerful part of the food system and the influences of this fractured industry. It addresses the convergence of political, economic, environmental and social issues arising from corporate meat packaging. Ultimately, this story seeks to raise awareness of problems that go largely unnoticed by consumers while advocating for decentralized, local alternatives to meat production.
13. Regeneration: Feeding the world without devouring the planet by George Monbiot
Activist George Monbiot explains the ways in which current forms of agriculture are causing huge amounts of environmental damage. At Regenesis, he seeks to educate and inspire others to apply a reformed approach to agriculture. Monbiot takes readers through the complex world under the feet of eating and urges revitalizing the soil. His call for change is not just an exchange of practices, but a radical revolution in the way people grow food.
14. Sixty Harvest Left: How to Get a Nature Friendly Future by Philip Limbery
Philip Lembri responds to persistent UN warnings about soil erosion in 60 harvests left. Lymbery travels the world to expose the effects of industrial agriculture on the unprecedented depletion of topsoil. But his comprehensive research on the dangers of the diet should not leave readers paralyzed with fear, anger, and guilt. Lymbery presents inspiring stories from a variety of changemakers, revealing the ability to farm responsibly. Most importantly, it offers clear and achievable solutions to an ever-growing problem.
15th. Still Earth: A Midwest Perspective on Our Past and Future by Neil D. Hamilton
Retired Professor Neil D. Hamilton’s personal stories and experiences as a leader of agricultural conservation in Iowa. By teaching, writing and advising others, Hamilton has a wealth of knowledge and insight about rural communities. In his memoir, The Land Remains, Hamilton highlights the intersection of land stewardship, public health, social and racial justice, economic equality, and climate action.
16. The Meat Paradox: Eating, Empathy, and the Future of Meat by Rob Percival
According to author Rob Percival, there is a growing demand for meat at the same time as there is a growing sympathy for farm animals. To explain this discrepancy, Percival looks to the psychology of The Meat Paradox. It delves into the evolution of consumer diets and their relationship to animals, modern culture around meat, and controversial debates about vegetarianism. This book seeks to answer how the tension between people’s morals and cravings arises, and how it will continue to influence decisions about food.
17. The Seed Detective: Revealing the Secret History of the Remarkable Vegetable by Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander explores how modern vegetables came to be in The Seed Detective. When thinking about the enhanced flavors and colors of heirloom plants, Alexander reveals how society began to manipulate and change seed supplies forever. His journey through the past helps readers understand the difference between those seeds preserved and cultivated for centuries and those that dominate food production now. In his search for the future, he strives to protect the extinction of seeds passed down generation after generation.
18. The Waste Lands: The True Story of the Farm Country on Trial by Corban Addison
The wastelands reveal a rare and inspiring story of David as he strikes Goliath. After dealing with bad odors, noise, pests, and pollution from nearby factory farms, North Carolinians decided to take action. With daring lawyers, small-town activists are engaged in a complex and messy legal battle against a meatpacking company. In the second-highest hog-producing country, this group of rural neighbors doesn’t seem to stand a chance of victory. But this popular effort demonstrated the power of courage, perseverance and determination to achieve justice.
19. We Don’t Starve: The Struggle for Food Sovereignty in Ghana by Joeva Sean Rock
How have GMOs affected the countries whose savings were promoted? Professor Joeva Sean Rock addresses this question and more in We Don’t Starve. This cultural analysis does not choose an aspect regarding the necessity of biotechnology. Instead, Rock analyzes the actors working for or against the corporate and philanthropic narrative that GMOs are the panacea for hunger in Africa. She explains how this discourse reveals the power, exploitation and fierce resistance underlying the African food system.
20. What Eat Your Food: How to Heal Our Earth and Restore Our Health By Anne Beckley and David R. Montgomery
At a time when carrots had less zinc than carrot varieties in the past, Ann Beckley and David R. Montgomery believe farming practices must change. By stripping the soil of nutrients, intensive farming methods strip people of nutrients as well. What Your Food Ate calls for replacing these approaches with a renewable model, not just for environmental benefits, but for better health. Beckley and Montgomery relate the density of vitamins and minerals in the soil to plants, animals, and humans.
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