Each issue Ashley Warlick, edible Upcountry Editor-at-Large and Buyer at M. Judson Booksellers, shares her picks for the must-read books of the season for food lovers. Here are her suggestions for your Spring reading list.
Hippie Food: How Back-To- The-Landers, Longhairs, And Revolutionaries Changed The Way We Eat
by Jonathan Kauffman
We didn’t always eat tofu. Or bean sprouts, or kefir, or brown rice. The counterculture of the 1960s and 70s had a huge impact on our food culture, a uniquely American impact. With the gonzo spirit of Hunter S. Thompson, this book dives deep into the communes, gurus, and fringe movements that pushed back against the 3-square-meals-aday mentality of the Nixon era, and changed the shape of our plates.
The Wellness Project: How I Learned To Do Right By My Body Without Giving Up My Life
by Phoebe Lapine
Good health is more of an art than a science, more a journey than a destination—and if you’ve happened across the wonderful blog by Phoebe Lapine, Feed Me Phoebe, you know how powerful the story of another person’s artful journey can be. Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in her early twenties, Phoebe began testing theories of wellness—eliminating sugar, switching to all-natural beauty products, and getting in touch with her spiritual side—to find out which lifestyle changes truly impacted her health for the better. The Wellness Project is the insightful and hilarious memoir of that year of exploration.
Southern Sympathy Cookbook: Funeral Food With A Twist
by Perre Coleman Magness
There are all different ways we comfort the people around us, but the most powerful gesture in the Southern social handbook has got be the act of bringing a meal to those in emotional, spiritual, or just get-well-quick need. This sweet hearted and funny collection offers recipes scaled for crowds and built to please, instructions on making ahead for storing or freezing, and how to cook with leftovers in mind for later in the week. It’s a great cookbook for thinking about how to treat your own busy life with more sympathy.