Wendell Berry says, “Eating is an agricultural act.” Inform yourselves. Given that most of us eat, it reasonably follows that we have a responsibility to inform ourselves as eaters. The books on this page are chosen with that in mind. Some relate to the specifics of food that we buy and eat, others to the larger picture of the economic and agricultural practices that under-gird our choices and responsibilities as eaters, and others to the yet larger questions of the stewardship of creation, our neighborhoods and of our soul and soil. These are just a few of our favorites. Take a look at what Phillip is offering at Readers to Eaters for a wide selection of good reading for all ages.
Food is precious. It is guarded, valued and utilized to its fullest. Inherent in the feeding of the human body there is a sacramental character. Cooking well doesn’t require any fancy equipment nor the “finest” ingredients. “the best meals rely upon the ends of the meals that came before them.”
The Unsettling of America ;Culture and Agriculture by Wendell Berry
Wendell Berry has been a prophetic writer for many years. Like most prophets of substance, his culture has been slow to listen. He is well worth your time and attention.
What Matters?: Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth by Wendell Berry
The introduction to this book by Herman E. Daly, professor of economics at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, is reason to get this book all by itself. He eloquently sets the stage for a broad and helpful conversation of economics that reveres the entire human being. Mr Berry continues to amplify the subject in full context throughout a number of very good essays.
Dr. Flammang is a professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University. She refers to the dinner table as a “temporary democracy”. She proposes a solid connection between our foodways and meals together and how we act out our public political life together.
The Way of Ingnorance and Other Essays by Wendell Berry
Referring to a poem by TS Eliot that there is a way of ignorance. Given that “our ignorance is irremediable” in the context of what can be known, we therefore should follow a way of commensurate humility.