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Monday, July 6, 2009

Summer Reading

Jumping Bridge, Martha's Vineyard

Summer is my kinda season. I love everything about it - beach days, porch nights, outdoor showers, tomatoes, peaches, ice cream cones. There's always a moment, early in the Summer, when I'm sitting on the beach reading a new book and try to concentrate on every detail of the moment so I can remember in the midst of February how perfect it is...

I've compiled a list of some of my favorite food books, all insightful Summer reads. Please continue reading to check out short summaries of each selection! I'm looking forward to tossing The Face of Your Plate and What to Eat (a recommendation from my friend Erin.) into my beach bag next weekend.

Nick & I share a love of the Cape & Islands. The Waldmans call Truro their home while the Moriartys are right across the sound on Martha's Vineyard....we're a lucky bunch.

The Waldman's Back Deck, Truro
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
Welcome to the secret hideaway of a long-forgotten goat, the flowers of a peanut plant nosing their way into the dirt, the lost art of turkey sex: In Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, our family documented our year of procuring as much of our food as possible from neighboring farms and our own backyard.

Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating by Mark Bittman
An unusual blend of manifesto, self-help manual and cookbook designed to convince people that they can drastically improve their diets with relatively little discomfort. Not only that, but in doing so, Bittman avows, they can also save the planet and relieve some of the pressure on their pocketbooks.

Wasque, Martha's Vineyard

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan's bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.

Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin
If you can't take one more day of self-loathing, you're ready to hear the truth: You cannot keep shoveling the same crap into your mouth every day and expect to lose weight.

Pond, Martha's Vineyard
The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner
With the right lifestyle, experts say, chances are that you may live up to a decade longer. What’s the prescription for success? National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has traveled the globe to uncover the best strategies for longevity found in the Blue Zones: places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives. And in this dynamic book he discloses the recipe, blending this unique lifestyle formula with the latest scientific findings to inspire easy, lasting change that may add years to your life.

The Face on Your Plate: The Truth About Food by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson wants to help all meat eaters wake up from the dream of denial they are experiencing. He wants to prepare us for what he describes as a "transformative moment," when we look at the meat or animal product on our plate (fish, fowl, mammal, egg, milk, cheese) and acknowledge that it came from a living being, capable, he has no doubt, of suffering and happiness. Like children when they are first told that the drumstick is actually a leg, the tongue is really a tongue, the bacon was once a pig like Wilbur in "Charlotte's Web," Masson hopes, with all his heart, that we will say, "Eeeuwww, yuck."

Corn Hill, Truro by Edward Hopper
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
What should we have for dinner? The question has confronted us since man discovered fire, but according to Michael Pollan, how we answer it today, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, may well determine our very survival as a species. Should we eat a fast-food hamburger? Something organic? Or perhaps something we hunt, gather, or grow ourselves?

Aquinnah Cliffs, Martha's Vineyard
What to Eat by Marion Nestle
What to Eat was named as one of Amazon.Com’s top ten books of 2006 (Health, Mind, and Body), and a “Must Read” by Eating Well magazine; it won the Better Life Award (Wellness) from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the James Beard Foundation book award for best food reference in 2007. Marion Nestle’s most recent book is Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine. She is working on a book about pet food.

1 comment:

  1. SUCH great suggestions, sister lemon!! Love it. Love it.
    I left The Face on Your Plate on the Vineyard for you - enjoy! Maybe it will finally turn you vegan :)


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