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Book Review: Reclaiming Our Food

Updated on February 18, 2012

Do you have an interest in sustainability? Whether you are focused on incorporating sustainable living practices into every aspect of your life or if your interests primarily lie with learning about the increasingly popular local food movement, Reclaiming Our Food by Tanya Denckla Cobb is a must-read book for you.

Perspective and Focus of the Book

Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement is Changing the Way We Eat isn’t just a book about growing your own food or shopping at farmer’s markets. It goes way beyond the obvious solutions to the challenge of eating locally to providing readers with information on and stories about how sustainable food models are being successful implemented in various regions throughout the United States.

When you read this book, you’ll learn about real-world sustainable food projects that have been implemented in communities in all areas of the country – including Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Virginia and many others. You’ll find out about the vision behind each program, as well as learn about the people involved and the challenges faced at startup and on an ongoing basis.

The book’s major content areas focus on:

  • Grassroots movements toward food sustainability
  • Food from the home through backyard gardening
  • Ways to grow food in urban areas
  • Building community around food
  • Food movements specific to at-risk communities
  • School-based education about nutrition and agriculture
  • Preservation cultural identity through local food
  • Long term, sustainable food solutions
  • Ways to create local food networks

Who Should Read Reclaiming Our Food?

If you want to learn how to truly become part of the solution to the challenge of incorporating sustainable eating practices into modern communities, this book is a powerful resource that will provide you with not only background and perspective, but also the vision and practical guidance needed to help you learn how to move forward with adopting and implementing plans and programs that can make a differences.

About the Author

In addition to her work as an author, Tanya Denckla Cobb is and educator and activist with a passion for environmental responsibility and sustainability.

She is an instructor of food system planning for the University of Virginia and also works as an environmental mediator at the Institute for Environmental Negotiation.

She has also served as Executive Director of The Virginia Urban Forest Council and was involved with founding the Virginia Food System Council and the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute.

In addition to Reclaiming Our Food, she is also the author of The Gardener’s A to Z Guide to Growing Organic Food.

Note: Thanks to Storey Publishing for providing me with a review copy of this book.


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  • carol7777 profile image

    carol stanley 

    6 years ago from Arizona

    I found you in success stories. However, I am also interested in food that is healthy and different ways of growing etc. This is a great book review and you did a fine job of covering it. Thumbs up

  • mgwhite profile imageAUTHOR

    Mary White 

    6 years ago from Mobile, AL

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    Claudia Tello 

    6 years ago from Mexico

    Very interesting, I'd like to read it because I have made many attempts at growing stuff in my garden and they have all ended up in plague havoc.


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