Utne Reader Bookshelf: Food

A selection of books that pique our interest.

Viewing the Farming Industry Through 4-H

By Kiera Butler

The answer to connecting youngsters with the farming industry and improving agricultural education in the United States might lie with one of the country’s largest youth development organizations.

The Future of Food

By Tom King, special to Utne Reader

Are products like Soylent and in-vitro meat the future of food?

America’s Superfruit: Growing and Harvesting Cranberries in North America

By Susan Playfair

Growing cranberries in bogs throughout North America has always been valuable to certain harvesters, but the cranberry business has made this small fruit even more valuable.


Enjoy Your Food and Reap the Benefits

By Thich Nhat Hanh

Life can take on a deeper quality when you enjoy your food by eating it slowly and preparing it mindfully.

Forget Food Expiration Dates

By Soli Salgado

Bump Mark, a new food label intended to prevent food waste, interacts with food quality so you know when food has actually gone bad.

John Oliver Takes on the Sugar Industry

By Soli Salgado

Just in time for Halloween, Last Week Tonight’s host John Oliver took a look at America’s disturbing sugar intake.

World Food Day Focuses on the Value of Family Farms

By Soli Salgado

For its 33rd anniversary, World Food Day highlights how small-scale family farms could be the sustainable solution to feeding the world’s growing population.