Reading Nook

The following are books I have read that complement my newly found food interests.  I am always looking for new books to peruse and am open to suggestions so feel free to let me know what you have been reading!

I tend to appreciate books that aren’t preachy…authors who state the facts and allow the reader to make up their own mind.  Although I am open to books from outside of Canada, I’m always looking for food-related books that contain Canadian content.

Books on my TO READ list include:

  • “The Face on Your Plate: The Truth about Food” by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
  • In the Sweet Kitchen by Reagan Daley (recommended by a WordPress reader!)
  • Just Food by James E McWilliams
  • Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Fresh Eggs Don’t Float


“What to Eat” by Marion Nestle
This is THE book that started it all.  A fellow commuter was reading it on the train one morning on our way to work and I asked about it.  He described Marion’s writing style and all food categories she covers throughout the book.  I think I went out and bought it less than a week later.

I read this book over a number of weeks…well, probably a few months.  The book is so chock full of information that I found myself going back and re-reading certain sections.

Ms. Nestle discusses every category of food you can imagine, starting with the psychology of supermarkets, and delves into the ethics and conscientious decisions we have to struggle with when buying our food.

Best of all?  She isn’t preachy.  She bases all her findings on detailed research, usually adds her own opinion and states how she deals with the issue in her own life at the end of a section, and then leaves it up to the reader to decide for themselves.

Most of the research contains American content, but it is applicable to all of us.  I highly recommend this book!  I have bought it for friends and suggested it to many others!

“Locavore” by Sarah Elton Read my review on this book here.

“Julie & Julia” by Julie Powell

This book was so much fun to read!  Julie has an awesome way of writing and a mastery of hilarious similes and metaphors.  I’d seen the movie a few times but reading the book was almost better in some respects.  I found myself often giggling out loud.  It also proved to be quite an inspiring read.  If you liked the movie, you’ll love the book!

“Twinkie, Deconstructed” by Steve Ettlinger

“Apples to Oysters: A Food Lover’s Tour of Canadian Farms” by Margaret Webb

“In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals” by Michael Pollan

“Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef” by Gabrielle Hamilton

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