“Food Justice” and the Smithsonian’s Food History Weekend 2020

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“Food Justice” and the Smithsonian’s Food History Weekend 2020

The 2020 Smithsonian Food History Weekend which takes place Oct. 15 -17 will explore historical and systemic injustices with people who are working to make a difference by creating alternative models of empowerment within their own communities or by helping others make fundamental changes toward equity. The weekend’s discussions and activities will encourage all participants to consider how they might help erase some of these deep injustices and move toward more equitable food futures for all.

Below are some selections from the library's collection to compliment this exciting event.

Sam Kass's book Eat a Little Better : Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World. Sam was senior advisor for nutrition policy in the Obama administration and worked with Michelle Obama promoting healthy eating. Smart cooking and eating.

Together: Our Community Cookbook written by a Women's Refugee Collective in England to raise money for the people that died and lost their homes in the horrible apartment fire in London. HRM The Duchess of Sussex wrote the forward. Fantastic international recipes.

Food Matters by Mark Bittman – the “Minimalist” columnist and author of “How to Cook Everything” outlines an eating plan that is comprised of environmentally responsible choices, in a guide that shares insight into the risks associated with livestock production.

Feed the Resistance: Recipes & Ideas for Getting Involved by Julia Turshen – “When people search for ways to resist injustice and express support for civil rights, environmental protections, and more, they begin by gathering around the table to talk and plan. The recipes in this book foster community and provide sustenance for the mind and soul.”  In addition to the recipes by the author, there are contributions of over 15 recipes from celebrated chefs.

Mark Hyman’s Food fix: how to save our health, our economy, our communities, and our planet-- one bite at a time “The food industry, like corporate agriculture, is big business, and Hyman (Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?, 2018) takes aim at the structures responsible for selling cheap, high-calorie, manufactured food that's not only low in nutrients, but also responsible for diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, and other health problems. Such problems are epidemic in low-income communities, where access to fresher, better quality food can be nearly impossible to secure, much less afford.”

Marion Nestle’s Eat drink vote: an illustrated guide to food politics - Nestle teams up with The Cartoonist Group syndicate to present more than 250 of her favorite cartoons on issues ranging from dietary advice to genetic engineering to childhood obesity.