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Food for Thought: What We’re Reading

In the back-to-school spirit we thought we’d share some of the food- (and Slow Food-) related reading that’s recently caught our attention:

Gastronomica: Published quarterly by the University of California Press, Gastronomica is a beautifully produced journal of food and culture, considering, investigating, and celebrating many facets of food production and consumption. The Summer 2007 issue focuses on the politics of food, from production methods to farmers’ markets to the obesity debate. Available from the University of California Press, by subscription from amazon.com, or at many local newsstands.

pollan-pb.jpgThe Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan: The paperback edition of Omnivore’s Dilemma has just been issued, so if you held off purchasing the hardcover edition, or are thinking about gift books for upcoming birthdays and holidays, consider this. Named one of 2006’s top ten books by both The New York Times and The Washington Post, it also won several prominent book awards and has been credited with improving the debate about the food we eat and the manner in which it’s produced.

whattoeat-pb.jpgAlso available in paperback, Marion Nestle’s What to Eat, required reading for navigating supermarket aisles. In tandem with the book or on its own we also recommend Dr. Nestle’s “What to Eat” blog. Regularly updated with news about food production and food marketing, the What to Eat blog is a worthwhile supplement to your daily news. Don’t miss the list of topics in the blog’s right-hand column (including Dr. Nestle’s own book recommendations).

newyorker-foodissue.jpgThe New Yorker: Specifically, the annual food issue (3/10 September), which features Adam Gopnik’s “New York Local;” Calvin Trillin on Singapore’s street food; several writers on the theme of “family dinner;” Jane Kramer on Claudia Roden and how food can reconstruct a world… all that, and more, and cartoons, too. Essays from the “family dinner” series are also available online.