Resources

Below are a list of helpful links, websites, and books to help you learn more on your own journey. This list is subject to change.

Influential Books

I read all sorts of things, but these are some of the books that I find particularly thorough and influential.

Deep Nutrition by Dr. Catherine Shanahan – my favorite science-driven guide to why vegetable oil and excess sugar are terrible.

Growing Food God’s Way by David Devine – a wonderful biography of the man who came up with Back to Eden gardening. Warning – not for the folks who don’t want to mix religion with their agriculture.

The Untold Story of Milk by Ron Schmid – an amazing treatise on the history of milk, raw milk, pasteurization, and the ridiculousness of the American government.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan – an engaging, fun-to-read account of four different meals, including the history of the corn industry and an examination of Big Organic agriculture versus small, local, not-necessarily-organic farms.

Anything by Joel Salatin – ranging from how-to-farm books to agricultural philosophy, Joel’s books are amazing and delivered in an easy-to-read style with plenty of stories and anecdotes. 

The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry – a classic in agricultural literature, this book is largely philosophical.

Eating Healthy/Local

Finding CSAs, farm markets, and direct market farms: Local Harvest 

More about why to eat local: EatWild.com

Sites with awesome real-food recipes:

Wellness Mama

Kitchen Stewardship

Prairie Homestead

Excellent Cookbooks:

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon & Mary Enig: This is a great resource of old & slow style recipes:  the epitome of slow food. I appreciate the simplicity of many of the recipes, and the fun anecdotes and quotes that fill the book’s margins.

Books by America’s Test Kitchen: Although not (at all!) geared toward healthy eating, these are great resources, especially for the novice cook. Just sub out the vegetable oil and, as you learn to cook well, you can use these are a starting point for inventing your own, healthier options.

Foraging & Primitivism Resources

Forager’s Harvest (Samuel Thayer). This link is to his website, but his book is also awesome.

Anything by Teresa Marrone – I have 3 of her books (mushrooms, berries, and weeds, all regarding the Midwest) and I love them. Her photographs and descriptions, combined with cross-referenced look-alike plants, make identification easy.

Other Useful Places to Go on the Internet

Polyface Farms – there’s a blog, articles on grass, plenty of great books, and other resources associated with this farm

Grower’s Exchange – my favorite place to buy herbs. I’ve bought a lot from them, and their plants are healthy, hardy, and amazingly prolific

Baker’s Creek – a great place to buy interesting, heirloom seeds