New books in my library
Philip Ackerman-Leist. Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems. Chelsea Green 2013.
Rebuilding the Foodshed introduces readers to local food systems in all their complexities. In moving from industrial to regional food systems, communities must consider an enormous range of factors, from geographic to socioeconomic. Difficult as doing this may be, this book makes it clear that the results are well worth the effort in their benefits to farmers and farm workers, as well as to eaters. This book is on the reading list for my food advocacy class at NYU this summer.
John Ayto. The Diner’s Dictionary: Word Origins of Food & Drink, 2nd ed. Oxford, 2012.
The is the second edition of a book first published in 1990, long before the food movement really got going. You won’t find an entry for locavore. It’s also British. You will find an entry for lobscouse: “from its name comes the term scouse ‘Liverpudlian’, which has come into wide use since the Second World War.” I happen to adore this sort of scholarly discussion and delighted to have this book, but it may be a bit of an acquired taste.