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Best Reads 2008

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So what are the best books that you've read this past year?

My top fiction pick is The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. This book was so different and it really amazed me the same way Life of Pi and Atonement did a few years ago. You know when you start reading a book and you have to keep putting it down to marvel how good it is? This was that book for me.

I discovered A.M. Homes this year and read everything she's ever written up to buying an ARC of her latest, The Mistress's Daughter: A Memoir before it was released. My very favorite is This Book Will Save Your Life.

Food and Politics by Marion Nestle. It really educated me about the way agribusiness and government do not have our nutrition or health in mind. That may be a no brainer to most, but this book has all the facts and more.

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan This is a book I just think everyone should read. It's impossible not to be changed and really think about how we treat our bodies and the earth. If you liked Fast Food Nation, you will love this one.

The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter
by Peter Singer and Jim Mason. Very informative and non judgmental book about how food is produced and how to make ethical choices in one's diet. The format is interesting, too. It follows three families and their diets and then dissects their choices. The first family eats a conventional diet, shops at Wallmart for convenience, eats a lot of processed food. The second family are conscientious omnivores, trying to eat ethically and sustainably. The third family are complete vegans. It's really good and balanced writing. There's lot's of information and it's presented in a way that does not overburden the reader, but inspires instead. It inspired me to make certain changes in my life.

Cooking by Hand by Paul Bertolli More meditations on ingrediants rather than a cookbook. I just loved this so much. This is a man that makes his own salami and starts a keg of balsamic vinegar for his son when he's born!

Yeah, lots of books about food, food, food. But for me food is also politics and respect for other people and the earth. So leave me alone!