Resources on Sharing Food

Food and Sustainability

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan (Penguin)

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, by Michael Pollan (Penguin)

Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, and Fair, by Carlo Petrini (Rizzoli Ex Libris)

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper Perennial)

Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture, by Elizabeth Henderson and Robyn Van En (Chelsea Green Publishing)

Civic Agriculture: Reconnecting Farm, Food, and Community, by Thomas A. Lyson (Tufts)

Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty, by Mark Winne (Beacon Press)

City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening in America, by Laura J. Lawson (University of California Press)

Growing Better Cities: Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Development, by Luc J. A. Mougeot (In Focus)

For Hunger-Proof Cities: Sustainable Urban Food Systems, by Mustafa Koc, et al (IDRC Books)

Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories From the Local Food Front, by Joel Salatin

Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer's Guide To Farm Friendly Food, by Joel Salatin

Chefs Collaborative— (A community of chefs, farmers, fishers, educators, and food lovers is dedicated to promoting sustainable cuisine.)

Food Routes— (Resource on buying local food.)

Mealsharing and Cooking for Large Groups

Here are a few books that could be useful if you will be cooking for a large group. There are also many books by caterers and food service professionals, which can be helpful in this endeavor.

The Tassajara Recipe Book, and other cookbooks by Edward Espe Brown (Shambhala) (Include practical recipes, use common ingredients, and were designed to serve large groups.)

The Zen Monastery Cookbook, by Zen Monks and Cheri Huber (Keep It Simple Press) (Contains simple vegetarian recipes from a monastery kitchen.)

Church Suppers, by Barbara Greenman (Black Dog & Leventhal)

The Church Supper Cookbook, by David Joachim (Rodale)

Large Quantity Recipes, by Margaret E. Terrell and Dorothea B. Headlund (Wiley)

Eartheasy: One Pot Cooking—

Grocery Co-ops and Buying Clubs

Storefront Revolution: Food Co-Ops and the Counterculture, by Craig Cox (Rutgers University Press)

How to Form A Buying Club, by Ann Evans (NaSCO)

The Food Co-Op Handbook: How to Bypass Supermarkets to Control the Quality and Price of Your Food, by The Co-op Handbook Collective and Bob Marstall (Houghton Mifflin)

Food Co-ops for Small Groups, by Tony Vellela (Workman Publishing Company)

Co-op Directory Service— (Directory of grocery co-ops and buying clubs, plus other helpful info about starting a buying club.)

Local Harvest— (Directory of food cooperatives, CSAs, community farms, and much more.)

Cooperative Grocery Magazine—

More resources on buying clubs: See and

Community Supported Agriculture

Sharing the Harvest: A Guide to Community Supported Agriculture, by Elizabeth Henderson, with Robyn Van En (Chelsea Green Publishing)

Farms of Tomorrow Revisited: Community Supported Farms—Farm Supported Communities, by Trauger Groh and Steven McFadden (Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association)

The Real Dirt on Farmer John (Movie featuring a community supported farm.)

Local Harvest— (National Directory of CSA farms)

Community Gardens

Community Gardening, by Elizabeth Tehle Peters and Ellen Kirby, Eds. (Brooklyn Botanic Garden)

Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood Into a Community, by Heather Coburn Flores (Chelsea Green)

Garden Your City, by Barbara Hobens Feldt (Taylor Trade Publishing)

Edens Lost & Found: How Ordinary Citizens Are Restoring Our Great American Cities, by Harry Wiland and Dale Bell (Chelsea Green)

Backyard Market Gardening: The Entrepeneur's Guide to Selling What You Grow, by Andy Lee (New World Publishing)

Allotments, by Twigs Way (Shire)

The Power of Community— (A wonderful documentary about urban gardening and cooperation in Cuba.)

American Community Gardening Association— (National directory of community gardens and resources on starting community gardens.)

Green Thumb— (Large community garden organization based in New York City.)

Guerilla Gardening—

Revive the Victory Garden—

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