This week, I read two books on eating, and started two more on the same topic. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David A. Kessler, M.D. and Growing a Garden City by Jeremy N. Smith were the ones I finished.
The End of Overeating was preachy, but well worth a read if you’re serious about learning (eh, in a more scholarly way) about the connection between mind, American food manufacturers, and overeating (which so many of us do). It was interesting to read the case studies about specific restaurants/foods that were included in the book. But it was definitely a scholarly-type book instead of a leisurely read. Rating: 3 stars.
I LOVED Growing a Garden City. It was an inspring read about the community in Missoula, MT that’s grown because of the community garden culture that has recently taken root (literally) there. The pictures are just breathtaking–after the third or fourth full-page photo, I told Eric that I wanted to leave everything we had and move to Montana and work at the gardens full-time. The pictures really captured the spirit of spending time together in the mountain air, nourishing both body and soul. Reading the stories of the leadership, the volunteers, the seniors and the poor who benefit from the gardens was so inspiring. This is definitely worth a read. Rating: 5 stars.
For next week, I’m hoping to finish Fed Up with Lunch: The School Lunch Project and Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness. Both are really good so far. I have a third book that will be ready tomorrow from an inter-library loan, so I’m excited about that too.
If you’re wondering, I’m reading these good-food books right now in preparation for October Unprocessed. A month of eating unprocessed food. You can read more about October Unprocessed and take the pledge here. I’m a little nervous about committing for the entire month, but I think it will be a good throwback to Fab Detox menus, other Meghan Telpner-produced menus, and a great way to start the new year. (High Holidays start Sunday night, if they’re not on your radar).
What are you reading this week?