1. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
  2. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
  3. The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture by Wendell Berry
  4. The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan
  5. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  6. The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
  7. Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook
  8. The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball
  9. Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter
  10. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
  11. Bringing it to the Table: Writings on Farming and Food by Wendell Berry
  12. Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World by Joel Salatin
  13. The End of Food by Paul Roberts
  14. Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual by Bill Mollison
  15. Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David R. Montgomery
  16. Stuffed And Starved: Markets, Power And The Hidden Battle For The World Food System by Raj Patel
  17. Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long by Eliot Coleman
  18. Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway
  19. Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm by David Mas Masumoto
  20. Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply by Vandana Shiva
  21. Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World by Dan Koeppel
  22. Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education by Michael
  23. Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness by Lisa M. Hamilton
  24. The New Organic Grower: A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener by Eliot Coleman
  25. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
  26. The Contrary Farmer (Real Goods Independent Living Book) by Gene Logsdon
  27. The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays by Wendell Berry
  28. The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery
  29. Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth
  30. Becoming Native to This Place by Wes Jackson
  31. You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise by Joel Salatin
  32. The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It: The Complete Back-To-Basics Guide by John Seymour
  33. Farm Anatomy: Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life by Julia Rothman
  34. Everything I Want to Do is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front by Joel Salatin
  35. The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability by Lierre Keith
  36. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  37. How to Grow More Vegetables: And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine by John Jeavons
  38. Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, and Fair by Carlo Petrini
  39. All Flesh Is Grass: Pleasures & Promises Of Pasture Farming by Gene Logsdon
  40. Forest Gardening: Cultivating an Edible Landscape by Robert Adrian de Jauralde Hart
  41. The Gift of Good Land: Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural by Wendell Berry
  42. Holy Shit: Managing Manure To Save Mankind by Gene Logsdon
  43. Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation by Andrea Wulf
  44. Farmer Jane: Women Changing The Way We Eat by Temra Costa
  45. Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land by Kurt Timmermeister
  46. The Profitable Hobby Farm, How to Build a Sustainable Local Foods Business by Sarah Aubrey
  47. Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison
  48. The Backyard Homestead: Produce All the Food You Need on Just a Quarter Acre! by Carleen Madigan (Editor)
  49. A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil by Sharon Astyk
  50. Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times by Steve Solomon
  51. Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy Of Industrial Agriculture by Andrew Kimbrell (Editor)
  52. All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
  53. Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture by Elizabeth Henderson
  54. The Rodale Book of Composting: Easy Methods for Every Gardener by Grace Gershuny (Editor) (shelved 5 times as agriculture)
  55. The Good Life: Helen and Scott Nearing’s Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living by Helen Nearing
  56. Pastured Poultry Profit$ by Joel Salatin
  57. The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business by Christopher Leonard
  58. All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki
  59. Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm by Forrest Pritchard
  60. Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business by Rebecca Thistlethwaite
  61. A History of World Agriculture: From the Neolithic Age to the Current Crisis by Marcel Mazoyer
  62. The Man Who Fed the World by Dr. Leon Hesser
  63. Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice by Alissa Hamilton
  64. Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization by Richard Manning
  65. The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City by Kelly Coyne
  66. The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of the World’s Food Supply by Marie-Monique Robin
  67. Farmers of Forty Centuries: Organic Farming in China, Korea, and Japan by Franklin Hiram King
  68. American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It) by Jonathan Bloom
  69. Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set up and Maintain a Worm Composting System, Second Edition by Mary Appelhof
  70. Chickens: Tending A Small-Scale Flock For Pleasure And Profit by Sue Weaver
  71. Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm Business: Small-Farm Success Stories * Financial Assistance Sources * Marketing & Selling Ideas * Business Plan Forms & Documents by Sarah Aubrey
  72. The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook: A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops and Staff and Making a Profit by Richard Wiswall
  73. Environmental Indicators for Agriculture by OECD/OCDE
  74. The Revolution Will Not be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements (Paperback) by Sandor Ellix Katz
  75. Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov’s Quest to End Famine by Gary Paul Nabhan
  76. Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting by R.J. Ruppenthal
  77. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
  78. Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating by Jane Goodall
  79. Building A Sustainable Business: A Guide To Developing A Business Plan For Farms And Rural Businesses by Sustainable Agriculture Network
  80. My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki
  81. The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change by Roger Thurow
  82. Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment by David Kirby
  83. Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America by Wenonah Hauter
  84. Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing by Daphne Miller
  85. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers by Harvey Ussery
  86. Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens: Care / Feeding / Facilities by Gail Damerow
  87. Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living by Deborah Niemann
  88. Restoration Agriculture by Mark Shepard
  89. The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way by Michael Phillips
  90. Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening by Sepp Holzer
  91. Storey’s Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance by M. John Storey
  92. Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon by Cindy Ott
  93. Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace by Vandana Shiva
  94. The Beekeeper’s Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America by Hannah Nordhaus
  95. Storey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats: Breeds, Care, Dairying by Jerry Belanger
  96. Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together by Sylvia Bernstein
  97. Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England by Tom Wessels
  98. Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England by William Cronon
  99. Five Acres and Independence by Maurice Grenville Kains
  100. Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg
  101. The Essential Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter
  102. Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All by Oran B. Hesterman
  103. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan
  104. The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century by Dickson D. Despommier
  105. The Way of Ignorance and Other Essays by Wendell Berry
  106. Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems by Stephen R. Gliessman
  107. Chick Days: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens from Hatching to Laying by Jenna Woginrich
  108. Teaming with Microbes: A Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web by Jeff Lowenfels
  109. Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey — The Sweet Liquid Gold that Seduced the World by Holley Bishop
  110. Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe by Maria Rodale
  111. Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living by Rachel Kaplan
  112. Oranges by John McPhee
  113. Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich
  114. Permaculture Two: Practical Design for Town and Country in Permanent Agriculture by Bill Mollison
  115. Nature’s Matrix: Linking Agriculture, Conservation and Food Sovereignty by Ivette Perfecto
  116. Food Rebellions!: Forging Food Sovereignty to Solve the Global Food Crisis, by Eric Holt-Gimenez (shelved 3 times as agriculture)
  117. An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage
  118. Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese by Brad Kessler
  119. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
  120. The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit by Jennifer Megyesi
  121. Making Your Small Farm Profitable: Apply 25 Guiding Principles/Develop New Crops & New Markets/Maximize Net Profits Per Acre by Ron Macher
  122. Lasagna Gardening: A New System for Great Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding! by Patricia Lanza
  123. The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden by William Alexander
  124. Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Food by Lisa H. Weasel
  125. Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn by Catherine Friend
  126. The Secret Life of Plants: A fascinating account of the physical, emotional, and spiritual relations between plants and man by Peter Tompkins (shelved 3 times as agriculture)
  127. Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner
  128. The Violence of Green Revolution: Third World Agriculture, Ecology and Politics by Vandana Shiva
  129. Market Effects Of Crop Support Measures by OECD/OCDE
  130. Private Interests, Public Policy, and American Agriculture by William P. Browne
  131. Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth by William Bryant Logan
  132. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  133. Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
  134. Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren
  135. Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community by H.C. Flores
  136. The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter by Peter Singer
  137. Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating by Jeffrey M. Smith
  138. So Shall We Reap: What’s Gone Wrong with the World’s Food — And How to Fix It by Colin Tudge
  139. Fields of Plenty: A Farmer’s Journey in Search of Real Food and the People Who Grow It by Michael Ableman (Photographs)
  140. The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist by Michael Phillips
  141. The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber
  142. Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly by James E. McWilliams (shelved 2 times
  143. Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto–The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest by Peter Pringle
  144. The Man Who Fed the World: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug and His Battle to End World Hunger by Leon Hesser
  145. Feeding the World: An Economic History of Agriculture, 1800-2000 by Giovanni Federico
  146. Darwinian Agriculture: How Understanding Evolution Can Improve Agriculture by R. Ford Denison
  147. The Plough That Broke the Steppes: Agriculture and Environment on Russia’s Grasslands, 1700-1914 by David Moon
  148. Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter
  149. Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World by Mark Pendergrast
  150. Tobacco: A Cultural History of How an Exotic Plant Seduced Civilization by Iain Gately
  151. The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by Janisse Ray
  152. Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan
  153. American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation by Eric Rutkow
  154. Compassionate Carnivore: Or, How to Keep Animals Happy, Save Old Macdonald’s Farm, Reduce Your Hoofprint, and Still Eat Meat by Catherine Friend
  155. Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
  156. Mendel in the Kitchen: A Scientist’s View of Genetically Modified Foods by Nina Fedoroff
  157. Edible Forest Gardens, Volume 2: Ecological Design and Practice for Temperate Climate Permaculture by Dave Jacke
  158. Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More by Abigail R. Gehring (Editor)
  159. Grass Productivity by Andre Voisin
  160. Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham
  161. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  162. A Guide to Raising Llamas: Care, Showing, Breeding, Packing, Profiting by Gale Birutta
  163. Taste, Memory: Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter by David Buchanan
  164. Flora Mirabilis: How Plants Have Shaped World Knowledge, Health, Wealth, and Beauty by Catherine H. Howell
  165. Larding the Lean Earth: Soil and Society in Nineteenth-Century America by Steven Stoll
  166. A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
  167. Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated Into What America Eats by Steve Ettlinger
  168. American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America by Michelle Obama (shelved 2 times as agriculture)
  169. The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times by Carol Deppe
  170. Keeping Bees and Making Honey by Alison Benjamin
  171. Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America by Virginia DeJohn Anderson
  172. Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis by Rowan Jacobsen
  173. The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492 by Alfred W. Crosby
  174. Plowman’s Folly by Edward H. Faulkner
  175. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann
  176. Four Seasons in Five Senses: Things Worth Savoring by David Mas Masumoto
  177. The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet by Pierre Desrochers
  178. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  179. The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan
  180. The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible: Discover Ed’s High-Yield W-O-R-D System for All North American Gardening Regions by Edward C. Smith
  181. Tropical Crops: Dicotyledons by John William Purseglove
  182. Soil Science: Methods And Applications by D.L. Rowell
  183. Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn
  184. O Pioneers! (Great Plains Trilogy, #1) by Willa Cather
  185. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  186. Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting by Michael Perry
  187. The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life: Cruelty-Free Crafts, Recipes, Beauty Secrets and More by Melisser Elliott
  188. Seeds of Change: Six Plants That Transformed Mankind by Henry Hobhouse
  189. Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making by Allan Savory
  190. Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back by Michele Simon
  191. My Empire of Dirt: How One Man Turned His Big-City Backyard into a Farm by Manny Howard
  192. The Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book: A Guide to Whole-Grain Breadmaking by Laurel Robertson
  193. Tomato Rhapsody: A Fable of Love, Lust & Forbidden Fruit by Adam Schell
  194. The Taste of Conquest: The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice by Michael Krondl
  195. Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces by Gayla Trail
  196. The Wisdom of the Radish: And Other Lessons Learned on a Small Farm by Lynda Hopkins
  197. The Organic Farming Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Running a Certified Organic Farm by Anne Larkin Hansen
  198. Making Supper Safe: Why We’ve Lost Trust in Our Food and How We Can Get it Back by Ben Hewitt
  199. Landscaping with Fruits and Vegetables by Fred Hagy
  200. Raising Milk Goats the Modern Way (A Garden Way publishing classic)by Jerry Belanger
  201. Eco-Farm, an Acres U.S.A. Primer: The Definitive Guide to Managing Farm and Ranch Soil Fertility, Crops, Fertilizers, Weeds and Insects While Avoiding Dangerous Chemicals by Charles Walters
  202. Barnyard in Your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, and Cows by Gail Damerow (Editor)
  203. Moo by Jane Smiley
  204. The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession by Susan Orlean
  205. Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen by Anna Lappé
  206. Edible Forest Gardens: 2 Volume Set by Dave Jacke
  207. Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide by Scott Kellogg
  208. Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus
  209. Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis by Vandana Shiva
  210. The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer by Joel Salatin
  211. Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer’s Guide to Farm Friendly Food by Joel Salatin
  212. Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals by Temple Grandin
  213. Humane Livestock Handling: Understanding Livestock Behavior and Building Facilities for Healthier Animals by Temple Grandin
  214. Agroecology: The Science of Sustainable Agriculture by Miguel A. Altieri
  215. The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
  216. Crop Planning For Organic Vegetable Growers by Frédéric Thériault
  217. Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed by James C. Scott
  218. The Permaculture Way: Practical Steps to Create a Self-Sustaining World by Graham Bell
  219. Hybrid: The History and Science of Plant Breeding by Noel Kingsbury
  220. A Slice of Organic Life by Sheherazade Goldsmith (Editor)
  221. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in an Era of Oil Scarcity: Lessons from Cuba by Julia Wright
  222. Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
  223. American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields by Rowan Jacobsen
  224. The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord by Brian Donahue
  225. Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History by Adam Nicolson
  226. Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living by Doug Fine
  227. The Seasons on Henry’s Farm: A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm by Terra Brockman
  228. Richard Scarry’s The Animals of Farmer Jones by Richard Scarry (Illustrator)
  229. How to Raise Goats by Carol Amundson
  230. American Farmstead Cheese: The Complete Guide to Making and Selling Artisan Cheeses by Paul Kindstedt
  231. Market Farming Success by Lynn Byczynski
  232. Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper by C. Marina
  233. Micro Eco-Farming: Prospering from Backyard to Small Acreage in Partnership with the Earth by Barbara Berst Adams
  234. Homegrown Whole Grains: Grow, Harvest, and Cook Wheat, Barley, Oats, Rice, Corn and More by Sara Pitzer
  235. My Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
  236. The Foxfire Book: Hog Dressing; Log Cabin Building; Mountain Crafts and Foods; Planting by the Signs; Snake Lore, Hunting Tales, Faith Healing by Eliot Wigginton (Editor)
  237. Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble (Updated and Expanded Edition) by Lester Russell Brown
  238. The Fatal Harvest Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture by Andrew Kimbrell
  239. Weeds: Control Without Poisons by Charles Walters
  240. Another Turn of the Crank by Wendell Berry
  241. The Spirit of the Soil: Agriculture and Environmental Ethics by Paul B. Thompson
  242. Landscaping With Fruit: Strawberry ground covers, blueberry hedges, grape arbors, and 39 other luscious fruits to make your yard an edible paradise by Lee Reich
  243. Backyard Orchardist: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden by Stella Otto
  244. What Are People For? by Wendell Berry
  245. Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community: Eight Essays by Wendell Berry
  246. Tomorrow’s Biodiversity by Vandana Shiva
  247. Organic Farming: Everything You Need to Know by Peter V. Fossel
  248. Lords Of The Harvest: Biotech, Big Money, and the Future of Food by Daniel Charles
  249. Income Risk Management in Agriculture (OECD Proceedings) by OECD/OCDE

Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss

From Booklist

The U.S. has the highest rate of obesity in the world, much of it due to the abundance of cheap, calorie-rich, processed food. Food companies manipulate our biological desires to scientificSalt-Sugar-Fat_Michael-Moss-195x300ally engineer foods that induce cravings to overeat, using terms like mouth feel for fats and bliss point for sugars to tinker with formulations that will trigger the optimum food high. Coke even refers to their best customers as heavy users. Moss portrays how the industry discovered the allure of added sugar in the 1900s, and has been jacking up the levels ever since, without regard for consumer health, in everything from soda to breakfast cereals to instant pudding, in a race for market share. The food industry is not about to change, but this book is a wake-up call to the issues and tactics at play and to the fact that we are not helpless in facing them down. Moss is an investigative reporter with the New York Times; he won a Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for his investigation of the dangers of contaminated meat. –David Siegfried

Darryl’s Review
An in-depth investigation into the history, biology, chemistry, finances, and marketing of General Mills, Nestle, Kellogg, Hershey, and others who have conducted exhaustive research into what keeps buyers coming back for more, more, more! The book covers the physical and psychological consequences of loading our foods with salt, sugar, and fat. Manufacturers engineer food to reach a scientifically-verifiable “bliss point,” — processed food specifically designed to trigger cravings for products devoid of meaningful nutrition (despite efforts to “fortify” or an exaggerated emphasis on a healthy ingredient [often, only one]). The author is even-handed when representing both sides of the arguments, from Wall Street who demand consistent returns from these food giants — no matter the cost to consumers, to consumer advocates who are fighting for transparency and honesty in labelling as well as reductions in salt, sugar, and fat. The author makes the point that our brains light up when consuming salt, sugar, and fat the way they do when we’re taking euphoria-inducing drugs. We are hard-wired with receptors. The problem is the concentrations and doses we’re consuming, making a mockery of RDAs. We are addicted to fast, cheap food even as marketers drive the message home to children and adults alike. Gone are the days when snacking will “spoil your appetite.” The message is we should be eating more, more, more! We should be snacking all the time and everywhere. But at what cost to our health? This book will permanently change your perspective the next time you enter a convenience store or supermarket.

  • Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan
  • Folks, This Ain’t Natural, by Joel Salatin
  • The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap, by Matt Taibbi