ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Three Books That Can Change How You View Food

Updated on April 17, 2011

three books

Food, if people have anything in common, other than being human, then food is it. We all eat, well, at least those of us who can afford to do; perhaps a better way to put it is that we all need to eat. The what we eat, when we eat and how we eat differs across cultures and income streams. Diet fads rage across continents.

Some of us too much, others eat all the wrong things and far too many have difficulty buying food in the first place.

Food unites and divides, for example, the vegetarian versus omnivore debate. The term fast food nation was coined to describe how many people meet their food needs and organizations and movements such as the 100 mile diet and Slow Food have their followers.

Food recalls here in Canada have people taking a look at what they are eating and many people have begun to rally around the local family farm.

Food is vital without it we die and if we do not eat a balanced and healthy diet we may get ill and be unable to reach our maximum potential.

If you are just beginning to look at food as something more than a frozen entrée tossed into a microwave, or soemthing you pick up at a drive thru on the way home or if you are active in the local food movement you will find these three books helpful in helping you understand what roles food does play and how it reaches your table.

The Three Books:

“Farmageddon” Food Culture and Biotechnology by Brewster Kneen.

“The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved” by Sandor Ellix Katz.

“Renewing America’s Food Traditions” edited by Gary Nathan.

I suggest you read Farmageddon first. It helps set the stage for the other two. The author Brewster Kneen is a researcher and writer who has focused on biotechnology and has published articles in the Utne Reader, the ecologist and Adbusters, for example. He with his wife Cathleen publish the Ram’s Horn which is a monthly magazine that focuses on food system analysis.

Farmageddon provides an insightful look at the big players in the food industry not the farmers but the companies who are profiting from manipulating food so that it can travel long distances or other wise engineering the end product.

This book help launch me on my current path as an advocate for growing food locally and building strong regional economies based upon local food systems.

The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved . This Chelsea Green Book written by Sandor Ellix Katz is a fun look ate people who have stepped off the main path in their search for food.

Katz is a food lover and food activist who lives in an intentional community. Looks after goats and is well versed in the craft of fermentation.

The book contains recipes, for example, chickweed pesto on page 34. The chapters focus on local and seasonal foods, slow food, raw food and seed saving, for example. If you are worried about the economy and looking for ways to reduce yoru food budget check this book out.

Renewing America’s Food Traditions, Saving and Savoring the Continent’s Most Endangered Foods is a celebration of regional food across North America. The book has recipes and is replete with great photographs which make it a visual treat as well.

The Renewing America’s Food Traditions (RAFT) collaborative have put forward an unique way of viewing food, a way that celebrates the possibility that food which were once old may become new again.

There were seven partner involved in RAFT who are responsible for putting the book together and they focused their attention of foods that were once thriving in North America, many of which can still be used today with conservation, consideration and care.

The book divides the continent up into food nations and asks which nation you belong to.

The adventure begins on the west coast with the Acorn Nation and ends with the Wild Rice Nation around the Great Lakes.

If you want to understand where you live and look deeper into regional history and discover some new foods then get this book.

If you do read one or more of these three books or have already read one I want to know what you think about what you read. Enjoy.


Bob Ewing photo
Bob Ewing photo

Slow Food

Do you have a public library card?

See results


Submit a Comment
  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks cgull and Karen for dropping by and commenting.

  • Karen Ellis profile image

    Karen Ellis 

    10 years ago from Central Oregon

    Sounds like three good books. I'll check out our library and see if they have any of them.

  • cgull8m profile image


    10 years ago from North Carolina

    Thanks Bob, I would love to know more about this I will start with Farmageddon.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome and happy reading.

  • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

    Zsuzsy Bee 

    10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Oh! Bob thank you so much. A friend had told me about the book Farmagedon but she couldn't remember the excact name of it and even with her describtion I couldn't fing it on line. It's now on my list to buy my next trip to Chapters.

    Thanks for sharing this great hub

    regards Zsuzsy

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    The public library is less than a minute from home so I visit often, thanks sehowto, let me know what you think.

  • seohowto profile image


    10 years ago from Bay Area, CA

    thank you very much, Bob, for such a good hub! I started recently doing my own research and this info will extremely save my time. I'll start with Farmagedon as you advice.

  • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

    Patty Inglish MS 

    10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    I love libraries. I go every day,


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)