Or at the very least being better about picking up a book when I have a few minutes of downtime, like sitting outside waiting for the dogs to do their business, or waiting on new recipes to finish baking in the oven.
This one by Dan Barber had been haunting me for about a year. It's great, it just took me forever to finish since it's dense and packed with historical, scientific and other intellectual goodness.
But I am proud to say I finally finished it a few weeks ago and just this morning finished another book I was reading for a work project.
Barber's book was eye-opening to me to start thinking more about modern agricultural processes and our food economy. His argument centers on the idea that there's more to supporting good food than just buying from local farmers. It has to do with the type of farming practices their using, scale, seed varieties, soil health and what's sustainable. That's an oversimplification of course and there's things I don't entirely understand yet or necessarily agree with the author on, but it's certainly a good read for anyone interested in the future of food.
So, I figured it was time for another book list since the last one is more than a year old and I've acquired a bunch of books since then.
Sidenote, I discovered ThriftBooks.com and it's been dangerous. Same goes for the local Hastings going out of business, every time I drive by, I find myself inside and walking out with an armful of books.
Here's a few others I've finished and have on tap.
+I'm working on Made From Scratch by Jenna Woginrich. It's a pretty quick and easy read. I skipped over some sections on things like getting started with chickens since I've already scratched that off my bucket list.
+Hit by a Farm by Catherine Friend. This was a pretty easy and super entertaining read about two women becoming sheep farmers. I loved it so much, I bought her other books too.
+Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly by James McWilliams. I only just moved this one to the top of the pile, we'll see if I stick to that or grab something else from the pile next time I want to read something. But I'm definitely curious in the subject matter.
+The $64 Tomato by William Alexander about a guy trying to grow the perfect backyard garden.
+A whole other stack of books on city planning issues and nuclear weapons, because I am a city and military reporter who happens to be a major nerd. But I won't include those just yet unless you're interested.
Now it's well past my bedtime and I've got a boatload of reading to do! What are you reading these days?