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The Square Roots Reading List

Square Roots | 08.20.19

The Square Roots team is full of curious and passionate farmers, foodies, and techies and we’re always working to stay on top of the newest info and trends. In addition to articles, podcasts, and real food convos, our team is constantly exchanging book recommendations to stay in the know. We took a poll to bring you a list of our favorite real food reads.

The Square Roots Reading List

Best cookbooks for local, real foodies:
  1. The Vegetable Butcher, by Cara Mangini

    Why we love it: This is an all-team favorite. With veggies as the star, this simple skills book takes the precision of a butcher and applies it to vegetables for tasty, easy recipes.

  2. Dinner at the Long Table, by Andrew Tarlow

    Why we love it: Local food celebrity, Andrew Tarlow, documents a year of meals in his cookbook all about sharing food with friends. As you work your way up to the more complex dishes, you’ll get inspired to plan out every detail of your next dinner party.

  3. The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, by J. Kenji López-Alt

    Why we love it: Science and food (two of our favorites) come together in this blog-turned-cookbook. Dig into the chemistry behind charring, the science of salads, and how to make the perfect stock.

Best books for farming enthusiasts:
  1. The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan

    Why we love it: In the greatest argument for eating locally, Michael Pollan studies the endless choices that humans have in deciding what to eat. Found on every real food book list, and for good reason.

  2. Farming While Black, by Leah Penniman

    Why we love it: The most comprehensive history of Black Agriculture, Farming While Black is a must-read for anyone interested in today’s food system.

  3. Everything I Want to do is Illegal, by Joel Salatin

    Why we love it: Does increased food regulation make us safer? Or further industrialize our food system? Joel Salatin has thoughts, and he’s ready to share. This book will make you think twice about where your food comes from, and it's from the perspective of a lifelong farmer.

Best books for farming techies:
  1. The Lean Farm, by Ben Hartman

    Why we love it: It’s a farming book for techies and a tech book for farmers. The Lean Farm takes waste-reduction practices from the Japanese automotive industry and applies it to small-scale farming. World-colliding, just the way we like it.

  2. Hydroponics: A Practical Guide for the Soilless Grower, 2nd Edition, by J. Benton Jones JR

    Why we love it: The new addition reflects all of the advances in our favorite techie topic: hydroponics.

  3. Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, by Douglas Hofstadter

    Why we love it: This book touches on systems thinking, programming, mathematical structures, and artistic patterns that are part of any multidisciplinary engineer's secret library.

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