The New Home Economics

Book reviews

Here’s a list of books that are [mostly] related to this blog and its topics.  The ones with stars are my favorites. If I reviewed the book, the link is to my review. If I haven’t, it links to Amazon.com so you can check out their user reviews.  Click here to browse all my book reviews on a single page.

Books I’ve read:

Cooking

* Bittman, Mark. How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

Denzer, Kiko. Build Your Own Earth Oven

* Fallon, Sally. Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

Green, Aliza. Starting with Ingredients

* Hertzberg, Jeff. Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Revolution Continues With Whole Grains, Fruits, and Vegetables

* Katz, Sandor Ellix. Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods

* Katz, Sandor Ellix. The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World

McLagan, Jennifer. Bones: Recipes, History, and Lore

Mclagan, Jennifer. Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes

Nabhan, Gary Paul. Renewing America’s Food Traditions: Saving and Savoring the Continent’s Most Endangered Foods

Wason, Betty. The art of German Cooking

Gardening/permaculture

* Bubel, Mike & Nancy. Root Cellaring: The simple no-processing way to store fruits and vegetables

Coleman, Eliot. The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Deep-Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses

* Coleman, Eliot. Four-Season Harvest: Organic vegetables from your home garden all year long

Deppe, Carol. The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times

* Ellis, Barbara. The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control

Jacke, Dave and Toensmeier, Eric. Edible Forest Gardens

Hamilton, Lisa. Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness

* Hemenway, Toby. Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

Madigan, Carleen. The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

Rice, Graham. all-in-one garden: grow vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers in the same space (great beginners’ book)

Riotte, Louise. Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening

Salatin, Joel. Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal

Toensmeier, Eric. Perennial Vegetables: From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, A Gardener’s Guide to Over 100 Delicious and Easy to Grow Edibles

Architecture

Snell, Clarke and Callahan, Tim. Building Green: A complete how-to guide to alternative building methods

Parenting

Louv, Richard. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

* Payne, Kim John. Simplicity Parenting

A bit of everything

* Hodgkinson, Tom. The Freedom Manifesto

Kellogg, Scott and Pettigrew, Stacy. Toolbox for Sustainable City Living

Kingsolver, Barbara. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

* Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

* Pollan, Michael. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business


Books I’d like to read:

At this point, I think it would be easier to just direct you to my Amazon.com wishlist, which I groom regularly to keep track of books I’d like to read.

Last updated April 8, 2013.

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5 thoughts on “Book reviews

  1. Okay, I’m going to try not to come on too strong here, but I think you are my “ideas and interests” doppelganger! Just found your blog after thinking about, reading and googling new ideas in homemaking/domestic arts and we have a lot in common. I’m a mom of 3 in DC, freelance writer, idea lover, gardener, raw milker, blah, blah, blah – you get the idea. And I’d love to pass along a couple of reading recs that have rocked my world lately:

    Radical Homemaking – Shannon Hayes

    Urban Farm magazine

    And just found all of Irma Gross’ old works about Home Management and the American Frugal Housewife on Amazon – can’t wait to read a little history.

    And here is a link to raw milk in your area:

    http://www.westonaprice.org/chapters/index.php#mn

    Poke around http://www.realmilk.com to calm your fears about the FDA-promoted risks.

    Nice to find you and let’s keep the conversation going!

    =), melanie

    • Thanks for the nice note, Melanie. I already read some of the old Frugal Housewife stuff and found it very interesting. AND I was just telling Adam the other day that I want to start getting the urban farm magazine! Stay in touch…

  2. Fer! Salt: A World History is amazing!

    I’m so glad I found your reading list – now I’ll have an actual list when I’m overwhelmed at the bookstore. I love your blog!

  3. Two book recommendations for you:

    Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson
    It’s an encyclopedia of housekeeping – her point of view is not the same as yours (it’s not written from a sustainability perspective), but she provides information that’s relevant to sustainable living (such as recipes for homemade cleaning products), and a lot of other practical information that’s in danger of disappearing from common knowledge (like how to wax furniture). There’s no other book like it.

    How Buildings Learn – Stuart Brand
    The book criticizes mainstream architecture for undervaluing the interaction between a building and its occupants and tries to identify the features of buildings that make them adaptable for different uses and responsive to the needs of the humans who use them. I think you would find his perspective simpatico.

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