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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (HarperCollins, 2007)--by novelist Barbara Kingsolver, her daughter Camille Kingsolver, and her husband, Steven L. Hopp--covers similar territory as Omnivore's Dilemma but takes a different tack and tone: Kingsolver mixes personal accounts of her family's attempt to eat what they grow for a year with simple recipes, sidebars, and diary entries. If Pollan is the wry, professorial paterfamilias of food-politics writing, then Kingsolver is its cheerleading, occasionally nagging mom.

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Uphill lies food-politics graduate school. The past year has seen several wonkish, interdisciplinary tomes on the impact of the world's food system. The best is The End of Food (Houghton Mifflin, 2008) by Paul Roberts, author of The End of Oil. This sweeping chronicle of the global food economy builds elegantly on Roberts's first work, covering the backstory of how we got into this mess and looking ahead to what will happen when industrial agriculture can no longer depend on its three critical ingredients: cheap energy, abundant water, and a stable climate.

Simple. "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants," says Pollan in Dilemma's 2008 successor, In Defense of Food (Penguin Press). The kind of food he means, versus processed "edible foodlike substances," can best be found at one of the United States' 4,600 farmers' markets. It helps to know how to cook it. For that, Local Flavors (Broadway, 2002) by chef Deborah Madison is indispensable: Her simple, unfussy recipes are grouped by what appears seasonally at the markets. One of the most appealing aspects of the food movement is that eating fresh, delicious food is in itself a rebellious act. --Bonnie Azab Powell

So, call a meeting with family and friends. Sit around the kitchen table. Find a questionnaire that helps you assess your own ecological footprint. (It will probably come as a shock!) Then decide what are the realistic next steps for you. Decide how often your group is going to meet and schedule the meetings. Last but not least, celebrate your commitment in a fun and appropriate way, such as preparing a meal together. Now is the time. 041b061a72


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