Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need to Get It Back, by Ann Vileisis
“This book is important to me because it lays out our nation’s skewed relationship with food and delves into our history to do so. Reading it, I realized that we have been disconnected from where our food comes from for far longer than I’ve been alive. It put my own work with the slow and local food movements in perspective and gave me encouragement to keep on doing what I can to make our food world a happier, wiser, more truly sustainable one.”
Recommended by Deborah Madison, the author of 10 cookbooks, including Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone ($40, bn.com).
To buy: $23, amazon.com.