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18 Food Books Worth Reading

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Four times a year, Food Tank handpicks a selection of books (mostly newer releases, but several oldies) that have recently educated, inspired, and informed the work of this organization.

Below are Food Tank's "must read" Fall 2013 selections for those who are passionate about a more sustainable food system!

From practical tips on sustainable agriculture on a warming planet to insight on how to make jam, these reads will provide plenty of food for thought.

These 18 books are listed in alphabetical order:

1. 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World by Howard G. Buffett with Howard W. Buffett and Foreword by Warren E. Buffett

2. 66 Square Feet: A Delicious Life by Marie Viljoen

3. Blessing the Hands that Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth by Vicki Robin

4. Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth by Judith Schwartz with Foreword by Gretel Ehrlich

5. Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics by Marion Nestle

6. First Food: A Taste of India's Biodiversity by Sunita Narain and Vibha Varshney

7. Food DIY: How to Make Your Own Everything: Sausages to Smoked Salmon, Sourdough to Sloe Gin, Bacon to Buns by Tim Hayward

8. Food Policy in the United States: An Introduction by Parke Wilde

9. From the Ground Up: A Food Grower's Education in Life, Love, and the Movement That's Changing the Nation by Jeanne Nolan with Foreword by Alice Waters

10. Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm by Forest Pritchard with Foreword by Joel Salatin

11. Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews by Marilyn Hagerty with Foreword by Anthony Bourdain

12. Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land: Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty by Gary Paul Nabhan with Foreword by Bill McKibben

13. Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith by Fred Bahnson

14. The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities by Will Allen with Charles Wilson and Foreword by Eric Schlosser

15. The Modern Peasant: Adventures in City Food by Jojo Tulloh

16. The No Nonsense Guide to World Food by Wayne Roberts

17. Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal by Abigail Carroll

18. What has Nature Ever Done for Us? How Money Really Grows on Trees by Tony Juniper with Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales

Please note that several of these books are forthcoming and based on review copies, but they'll be available soon!