Recommended Reading, Part 1

Books for inspiration, self-education, reflection – and discussion! Discussions are welcome at any time. I'm often asked where I learned this or that bit of info, or if I can recommend any sources for learning about various aspects of natural farming / gardening / health. Here are some highly recommended books!

Do you know of other books or resources that would be a good fit here? Leave a comment below or email me your suggestions.

This list is in two parts. This page (part 1) has books about cooking, health, a local food economy, and more.

Part 2 has books related to market gardening, restorative farming, growing fruit, growing flowers, raising livestock, and more!

If you only have time to read a couple / few books, you may want to start with the titles that are starred.

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*The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook by Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman So many excellent and simple recipes. The photo and recipe for roasted artichoke hearts was the inspiration to grow them here…

*The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fermentation by Wardeh Harmon Everything you need to know to make sauerkraut, kim chi, and about a hundred other ferments! This book covers almost everything.

Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi

The Farm: Rustic Recipes for a Year of Incredible Food by Ian Knauer


Tender Grassfed Meat by Stanley Fishman

America: Farm to Table by Mario Batali and Jim Webster

The Whole Beast, Nose to Tail Eating by Fergus Henderson

Tender Grassfed Barbecue by Stanley Fishman


Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz


Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons by Steven Satterfield

Well Fed, Flat Broke: Recipes for Modest Budgets and Messy Kitchens by Emily Wight

Scratch: Home Cooking for Everyone, Made Fun, Simple and Totally Delicious by Maria Rodale

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perleman

A Girl and Her Greens: Hearty Meals from the Garden by April Bloomfield

The Broad Fork: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruit by Hugh Acheson


Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning by the farmers and gardeners of Terre Vivante

Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry by Liana Krissoff

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**Blessing the Hands that Feed Us by Vicki Robin Wow – this book is SO much more than I thought it would be. She articulates some of the concepts I feel are worth working towards but didn’t know how to put into words.

It’s a must-read, especially for anyone wanting to eat more local food or do their part in re-establishing a local food system and getting away from the globalized, industrialized food system with all it’s additives, questionable ingredients, and autonomy-denying influence. This book presents a very clear and accurate picture of the realities when trying to source local food, and the conditions for farmers who are trying to swim against the tide in providing high-quality goods to their neighbours. What I liked most: it also shows how things could be, if we work together at creating a functional local food system where we could all consume the rich diversity of nourishment that’s possible from our own area.

HAVEN'T THOUGHT OF AN APPROPRIATE CATEGORY HEADING HERE (these books encompass so much and are very worthwhile reading for anyone)

** Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture by Shannon Hayes

* Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

* Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up by Daphne Miller M.D.

* The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

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** Nutrition & Physical Degeneration: A Comparison of Primitive and Modern Diets, And Their Effects by Weston Price, DDS This book is also available online (for free or donation) at Check out the photos – they tell the whole story. A very worthwhile look into the effects that various foods have on human health - including the formation of children's teeth, jaw, whole skeletal structure, as well as intellect. Highly recommended for everyone to at least flip through this book to "read" the story in the photos.

* Deep Nutrition by Catherine Shanahan MD A more recent book covering the principles of Dr. Price's work. Essential reading for anyone starting a family.

* Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon Morrell and Mary Enig

* Gut And Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

* The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker

* The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Kieth

Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life by Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue

Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson

The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care by Sally Fallon Morell and Thomas S. Cowan, MD

Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar Learn how to use common plants effectively for everyday needs, such as a skin salve, sore throat lozenges, relaxing bath blends, etc

Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections by Stephen Harrod Buhner

Pasture Perfect by Jo Robinson Details the superior nutritional profile of meats raised outdoors on pasture / eating fresh greens, etc., and which nutrients are only available in pasture-raised meats

Aligned and Well by Katy Bowman (and others by the same author)

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Beautiful Babies: Nutrition for Fertility, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding & Baby's First Food by Kristen Michaelis

The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care by Sally Fallon Morrell, Thomas S. Cowan

Real Food for Mother and Baby by Nina Planck

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**The Third Plate by Dan Barber Excellent. And thank you to the local chefs who are zealously promoting local foods and serving them in their restaurants. You are an integral part of local food systems!

*Locavore: From Farmers’ Fields to Rooftop Gardens – How Canadians are Changing the Way we Eat by Sarah Elton

Harvest: Field Notes from a Far-Flung Pursuit of Real Food by Max Watman