The following books were selected based on the quality and currency of their research. Books with outdated statistics were not included in the pathfinder unless they were titles considered to be foundational materials for understanding the subject. This is not an exhaustive list of what is available on ACORNweb, but rather the most prominent writing in specific areas under the "sustainable agriculture" umbrella.

  • Bittman, M. (2008). Food matters: a guide to conscious eating with more than 75 recipes. New York: Simon & Schuster. [613.2 BITTM]
"To Bittman and others focusing on the interconnected issues around food, knowing the impact of what and how much we eat has become a moral imperative. If all of this seems a bit much, simply strap on Bittman's meal plan. He's done all the thinking for you, so all you have to do is cook, eat, and enjoy." (The Christian Science Monitor)

  • Johnson, P. (2007). Fish forever: the definitive guide to understanding, selecting, and preparing healthy, delicious, and environmentally sustainable seafood. New York: Wiley. [641.692 JOHNS]
"Written for people who love seafood but worry about the overfishing of certain species as well as mercury and other contaminants, Fish Forever pinpoints today's least-endangered, least-contaminated, best-tasting fish and shellfish species." (from Publisher's website:

  • Nestle, M. (2002). Food politics. How the food industry influences nutrition and health. California: University of California Press. [363.85 N468f]
“A provocative and highly readable book arguing that America's agribusiness lobby has stifled the government's regulatory power, helped create a seasonless and regionless diet, and hampered the government's ability to offer sound, scientific nutritional advice.” (The Economist)


  • Nestle, M. (2006). What to eat. New York: North Point Press. [613.2 NESTL]
Nestle's delightfully straightforward approach does not belie her considerable expertise and opinion on the subject of healthy (and unhealthy) food. Her previous books are...tough-minded critiques of corporate food politics and misplaced government loyalties.” (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

  • Niman, N.H. Righteous porkchop: finding a life and good food beyond factory farms. (2009). New York: Harper Collins. [636.0832 NIMAN]
"In telling her story, Niman details not only why to choose meat, poultry, dairy, eggs, and fish from traditionally farmed sources (and avoid products tainted by chemicals and antibiotic-resistant bacteria), but also how to do so. She reveals what to look for on labels, why to skip animal products from outside the United States, and what questions to ask when eating out." (from Publisher's website:


  • Pollan, M. (2009). In defense of food: an eater’s manifesto. New York: Penguin Press. [LT 613.2 POLLA]
“A tough, witty, cogent rebuttal to the proposition that food can be reduced to its nutritional components without the loss of something essential. . . he assails some of the most fundamental tenets of nutritionism: that food is simply the sum of its parts, that the effects of individual nutrients can be scientifically measured, that the primary purpose of eating is to maintain health, and that eating requires expert advice.” (The New York Times)

  • Pollan, M. (2007). The omnivore’s dilemma: a natural history of four meals. New York: Penguin Press. [394.12 POLLA]
“Pollan defines the Omnivore's Dilemma as the confusing maze of choices facing Americans trying to eat healthfully in a society that he calls ‘notably unhealthy.’ He seeks answers to this dilemma by taking readers through the industrial, organic, and hunter-gatherer stages of the food chain.” (Library Journal)

  • Salatin, J. (2004). Holy cows and hog heaven. The food buyer’s guide to farm friendly food. Virginia: Polyface. [641.3 SALAT]
"[Salatin's] goal is to: Empower food buyers to pursue positive alternatives to the industrialized food system.Bring clean food farmers and their patrons into a teamwork relationship.Marry the best of western technology with the soul of eastern ethics.Educate food buyers about productions. Create a food system that enhances natures ecology for future generations." (ACORNweb)

  • Schlosser, E. (2006). Fast food nation. New York: Houghton Mifflin. [394.1 SCHLO]
"Schlosser is a serious and diligent reporter….His larger beef with the meatpacking business, whose clients also include school lunch programs, is pretty compelling….While the things Schlosser is concerned about (small farmers, mom-and-pop store owners, low-skilled immigrant workers, child-focused marketing, the political clout of big business) . . . will seem like predictable liberal carping to some, the book manages to avoid shrillness.” (New York Times Book Review)


  • Waters, A. (2007). The art of simple food. New York: Clarkson Potter. [641.5 WATER]
"Always true to her philosophy that a perfect meal is one that’s balanced in texture, color, and flavor, Waters helps us embrace the seasons’ bounty and make the best choices when selecting ingredients. Fill your market basket with pristine produce, healthful grains, and responsibly raised meat, poultry, and seafood, then embark on a voyage of culinary rediscovery that reminds us that the most gratifying dish is often the least complex." (from Publisher's website:

  • Winne, M. (2008). Closing the food gap: resetting the table in the land of plenty. Boston: Beacon. [363.8 WINNE]
"Mark Winne poses questions too often overlooked in our current conversations around food: What about those people who are not financially able to make conscientious choices about where and how to get food?....what can we do to make healthier foods available for everyone?" (from Publisher's website: