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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
My Adventures in Life and Food
Written by Moira Hodgson

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1271-6 (0-7679-1271-3)

The daughter of a British Foreign Service officer, Moira Hodgson spent her childhood in many a strange and exotic land. She discovered American food in Saigon, ate wild boar in Berlin, and learned how to prepare potatoes from her eccentric Irish grandmother. Today, Hodgson has a well-deserved reputation as a discerning... Read more >
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Unlock Your Muscle Gene
Trigger the Biological Mechanisms That Transform Your Body and Extend Your Life
Written by Ori Hofmekler
Foreword by Joseph Mercola, D.O.

Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-309-0 (1-58394-309-9)

Provocatively written yet grounded in science, Unlock Your Muscle Gene is a revolutionary guide to physical transformation for anyone seeking the latest information on muscle conditioning, weight loss, and anti-aging strategies. According to Ori Hofmekler, human fitness is a well-defined system rooted in our biology and programmed in our genes. We... Read more >
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The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs. Beeton
The First Domestic Goddess
Written by Kathryn Hughes

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27866-1 (0-307-27866-2)

In Victorian England there was only one fail-safe authority on matters ranging from fashion to puddings to scullery maids: Beeton’s Book of Household Management. In this delightful, superbly researched biography, award-winning historian Kathryn Hughes pulls back the lace curtains to reveal the woman behind the book—Mrs. Beeton, the first domestic diva... Read more >

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An American History
Written by Virgina Jenkins

Format: Trade Paperback, 210 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-966-0 (1-56098-966-1)

Before 1880 most Americans had never seen a banana. By 1910 bananas were so common that streets were littered with their peels. Today Americans eat on average nearly seventy-five per year. More than a staple of the American diet, bananas have gained a secure place in the nation’s culture and folklore... Read more >

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Culinary Intelligence
The Art of Eating Healthy (and Really Well)
Written by Peter Kaminsky

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47655-5 (0-307-47655-3)

Think before you eat * Choose the best ingredients you can afford * Understand flavor, and pack us much of it as you can into each bite

As an award-winning food writer, Peter Kaminsky was well acquainted with the occupational hazard of life as a professional eater. But when his health (and... Read more >
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The United States of Arugula
The Sun Dried, Cold Pressed, Dark Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution
Written by David Kamp

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 17, 2007
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1580-9 (0-7679-1580-1)

“With the sweep of an epic novel, David Kamp takes us behind the scenes and into the sweaty, wacky, weird trenches of the Great American Food Revolution. His reporting is solid, his storytelling magnificent, and his good humor is seemingly inexhaustible . . . . a terrific book.” —Molly O’Neill
“Culturally aware... Read more >
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The Earth Knows My Name
Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans
Written by Patricia Klindienst

Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2007
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8571-4 (0-8070-8571-5)

Patricia Klindienst crossed the country to write this book, inspired by a torn and faded photograph that shed new light on the story of her Italian immigrant family’s struggle to adapt to America. She gathered the stories of urban, suburban, and rural gardens created by people rarely presented in books about... Read more >

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The Taste of Conquest
The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice
Written by Michael Krondl

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 28, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-48084-2 (0-345-48084-8)

The Taste of Conquest offers up a riveting, globe-trotting tale of unquenchable desire, fanatical religion, raw greed, fickle fashion, and mouthwatering cuisine–in short, the very stuff of which our world is made. In this engaging, enlightening, and anecdote-filled history, Michael Krondl, a noted chef turned writer and food historian, tells the... Read more >
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Classic Candy
America's Favorite Sweets, 1950-80
Written by Darlene Lacey

Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1243-2 (0-7478-1243-8)

Candy may well have its origins in medicine (think peppermint sticks), and many Americans still think of candy as an edible salve with which to cure and to celebrate. Today, Americans consume more than 600 billion pounds of the sugary stuff each year. From classics such as the Hershey bar and... Read more >
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Diet for a Small Planet

Written by Frances Moore Lappe

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 27, 1991
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-37366-3 (0-345-37366-9)

Over twenty years ago Lappe broke new ground by teaching America the social and personal significance of a new way of eating. She stresses how her philosophy remains valid, and how food remains the central issue through which to understand world politics. Read more >
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There Is a Garden in the Mind
A Memoir of Alan Chadwick and the Organic Movement in California
Written by Paul A. Lee

Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-559-9 (1-58394-559-8)

There Is a Garden in the Mind presents an engaging look at the work and life of pioneering organic gardener Alan Chadwick and his profound influence on the organic farming movement. In this wide-ranging and philosophical memoir, author Paul Lee recounts his first serendipitous meeting with Chadwick in Santa Cruz, California... Read more >
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Land Grabbing
Journeys In The New Colonialism
Written by Stefano Liberti
Translated by Enda Flannelly

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-117-6 (1-78168-117-1)

To the governments and corporations buying up vast tracts of the Third World, it is ‘land leasing’; to its critics, it is nothing better than ‘land grabbing’ — the engine powering a new era of colonialism. In this arresting account of how millions of hectares of fertile soil are stolen to feed wealthy westerners thousands of miles away... Read more >
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Behind The Arches
Written by John F. Love

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: July 1, 1995
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-34759-3 (0-553-34759-4)

McDonald's: it is the world's premier entrepreneurial success story, a company whose growth worldwide continues to be astonishing. In tough financial times, McDonald's proved that ingenuity, trial and error, and gut instinct were the keys to building a service business the entire world has come to admire.

In the years since McDonald's... Read more >

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The Food Police
A Well-Fed Manifesto About the Politics of Your Plate
Written by Jayson Lusk

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum
On Sale: April 16, 2013
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98703-7 (0-307-98703-5)

“This is hard hitting and to the point., And scary. The Food and Drug Administration is mainly known for its activities that "protect" consumers from new and beneficial drugs. But, as Jayson Lusk, shows in powerful and pointed detail, the FDA creates massive levels of mischief and confusion through its misguided... Read more >
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The Juice
Vinous Veritas
Written by Jay McInerney

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94805-2 (0-307-94805-6)

A generous new collection by the acclaimed novelist who, according to Salon, is also "the best wine writer in America."

For more than a decade, Jay McInerney's vinous essays have been praised by restaurateurs ("educational and delicious at the same time" —Mario Batali), by esteemed critics ("brilliant, witty, comical, and often shamelessly... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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American Farmer
The Heart of Our Country
Text by Katrina Fried
Photographed by Paul Mobley

Format: Hardcover, 276 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: May 13, 2013
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-59962-129-6 (1-59962-129-0)

Unprecedented in scale, quality and design, The American Farmer is the first visual book to celebrate the iconic men and women whose lives and legacies are at the heart of The U.S.’s cultural identity. In the narrative spirit of Studs Terkel’s Working, author Katrina Fried and photographer Paul Mobley showcase more... Read more >

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Salt Sugar Fat
How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Written by Michael Moss

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 18, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8219-0 (0-8129-8219-3)

Selected for Common Reading at Virginia Commonwealth University and Southwest Virginia Governor's School

Every year, the average American eats thirty-three pounds of cheese and seventy pounds of sugar. Every day, we ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt, double the recommended amount, almost none of which comes from the shakers on our table. It... Read more >

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Salt Sugar Fat
How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Written by Michael Moss

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6980-4 (1-4000-6980-7)

Selected for Common Reading at Virginia Commonwealth University and Southwest Virginia Governor's School

From a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter at The New York Times comes the fascinating story of the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the emerging obesity epidemic. In Salt Sugar Fat, Michael Moss demonstrates how... Read more >

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Balzac's Omelette
A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture with Honore'de Balzac
Written by Anka Muhlstein

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-473-3 (1-59051-473-4)

“Tell me where you eat, what you eat, and at what time you eat, and I will tell you who you are.” This is the motto of Anka Muhlstein’s erudite and witty book about the ways food and the art of the table feature in Honoré de Balzac’s The Human Comedy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Monsoon Diary
A Memoir with Recipes
Written by Shoba Narayan

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7107-1 (0-8129-7107-8)

Shoba Narayan’s Monsoon Diary weaves a fascinating food narrative that combines delectable Indian recipes with tales from her life, stories of her delightfully eccentric family, and musings about Indian culture.

Narayan recounts her childhood in South India, her college days in America, her arranged marriage, and visits from her parents and in-laws... Read more >
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Stuffed and Starved
The Hidden Battle for the World Food System
Written by Raj Patel

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-127-0 (1-61219-127-4)

Adopted for Freshman and Common Reading Programs at:
Wagner College
Skagit Valley Community College
San Jose State University (finalist)

Completely updated and revised edition of one of the most widely-praised food books of recent years

It’s a perverse fact of modern life: There are more starving people in the world than ever before, while there are... Read more >
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Slow Food Nation
Why our Food Should be Good, Clean, and Fair
Written by Carlo Petrini
Translated by Clara Furlan and Jonathan Hunt
Foreword by Alice Waters

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4130-1 (0-8478-4130-8)

By now most of us are aware of the threats looming in the food world. The best-selling Fast Food Nation and other recent books have alerted us to such dangers as genetically modified organisms, food-borne diseases, and industrial farming. Now it is time for answers, and Slow Food Nation steps up... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Life Is Meals
A Food Lover's Book of Days
Written by James Salter and Kay Salter

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $22.50
ISBN: 978-0-375-71139-8 (0-375-71139-2)

From the PEN/Faulkner Award—winning author James Salter and his wife, Kay–amateur chefs and terrific hosts–here is a charming, beautifully illustrated food lover’s companion that, with an entry for each day of the year, takes us from a Twelfth Night cake in January to a champagne dinner on New Year’s Eve. Life... Read more >
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The Stop
How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement
Written by Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-349-6 (1-61219-349-8)

THE STOP has been officially selected for University of Colorado, Denver's Common Community R.E.A.D. (Research, Education, Activism and Diversity) program for 2014.

The Stop aims to revolutionize the way we combat hunger and poverty.

Since community worker Nick Saul became the executive director of The Stop in 1998, it has been... Read more >
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Tastes of Paradise
A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants
Written by Wolfgang Schivelbusch

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 29, 1993
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74438-2 (0-679-74438-X)

Schivelbusch chronicles how humanity transformed its history in the course of finding the rare condiments, stimulants, intoxicants, and narcotics—from coffee, tea, and chocolate to nutmeg, alcohol, and opium—that helped to make life more tolerable, and how the drive for these pleasure substances fueled the energies of the Old World with a... Read more >
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