Masanobu Fukuoka$15.95 $14.67
I read this book cover to cover. Fukuoka practiced a type of farming he referred to as “do-nothing farming;” I still can’t believe that it is possible to grow food in such a regenerative and effortless way.
Michael Pollan$18.00 $16.56
No one writes as evocatively and engrossingly as Michael Pollan. I love that in order to write this book, he himself became a gardener. He doesn’t merely observe from the outside, he immerses himself.
Edna Lewis$26.95 $24.79
I had the good fortune to meet the legendary chef and author Edna Lewis early on, and she became a dear friend and mentor. This book opened my eyes to the tremendous biodiversity of Southern cooking.
Eric Schlosser$15.95 $14.67
I read this shortly after I started the Edible Schoolyard Project, and it made me think, “This is the entire reason we’re doing this project.” Eric is such an important and incisive muckraker, and his books should be required reading.
Christopher Alexander$65.00 $59.80
This is about architecture and design and their deeper philosophies, asking profound questions about the ways we live our lives: How do you design a city? What does it mean to have a front porch, a window seat, natural light?
Jean Giono and Michael McCurdy$10.00 $9.20
This simple little book is a beautiful parable for our time: a burnt-out landscape that can be brought back to life by individuals who plant seeds every day.
Maira Kalman$30.00 $27.60
Maira has a way of talking about universal values with levity; she’s never preaches, but instead makes me see things from another angle–or makes me laugh at my own foolishness. And her drawings make her books such a joy to read.
Jonathan Kozol$17.00 $15.64
In the late 1980s, Jonathan Kozol embedded himself in American public schools, and painted a picture of a school system that is so undemocratic and often so cruel. He inspired my determination to help transform public schools.