Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nonfiction November: Become An Expert

It's Nonfiction November!

This month, many readers are putting away their novels in favor of learning something new. I try to read a nonfiction title or two each month, but it's nice to focus on them during the month of November. This week, we are talking about becoming experts on a certain topic.

I just finished and loved Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. In this book, she recounts the year when her family attempted to eat only things that were grown locally or by the family themselves. I am slowly working my way to better food for our family, so I am excited to read other books about gardening, healthy eating, and maybe even getting some chickens.

I have a few books on my tbr list already, but I want your suggestions too. What book helped you as a beginning gardener? What changed the way you think about eating locally? What in the world do you cook in winter when all the produce is shipped from halfway around the world? Which cookbooks do you turn to when trying to eat an entire crate of strawberries or broccoli?


  1. Haha! No suggestions from me. Our book club read this one and I could hardly finish it. It turned out to be one of the more controversial books are club has discussed!
    Hope you find what you are looking for.

  2. I liked Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, but I know some people find it too preachy and unrealistic. I can't think of any books particularly about eating locally, but I've gotten really into lacto-fermenting lately to help save some of the summer produce for eating later. I recommend Sandor Katz's books, Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation, and Amanda Feifer's Ferment Your Vegetables. Fermenting is really easy and fun!

  3. Michael Pollan's books were the ones that got me on the road to eating locally and seasonally and thoughtfully. Even though I'm not American, his books have many universal themes and ideas that can be applied to any locality.

  4. I did not like this book much; it was too preach-y for me. My friend recommended The 100 Mile Diet when I told her about this book. I haven't read it yet, though.

  5. Hmmm, I don't think I have any suggestions on this one, other than Michael Pollan's food writing. I hope you get some good suggestions!

  6. Pollan's the only author who comes to mind for me too! I enjoyed The Poisonwood Bible by Kingsolver, but I still need to check out her nonfiction.