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From time to time we get requests from people for a Slow Food reading list. In the days before the blog, there was the Slow Food Forum, and on it lived an evolving document to this effect. We’ve decided to compile a new list by asking some of our staff, Board of Directors, Advisory Board and friends: what inspired you to get involved in sustainable food? What inspires you still. Below are some of their answers.

Josh Viertel, President of Slow Food USA
An Agricultural Testament, by Sir Albert Howard
The New Organic Grower, by Eliot Coleman
Malabar Farm and Pleasant Valley, by Louis Bromfield
Epitaph for a Peach (and others), by David Mas Masumoto

Brian Halweil, SFUSA Advisory Board member, Publisher of Edible Manhattan, Edible East End, and Edible Brooklyn, and author of Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket
The Unsettling of America , by Wendell Berry
Small is Beautiful, by EF Schumacher
Ecological Literacy, by David Orr

“I read all of these during my junior and senior years of college when I first realized I wanted to learn about how food was raised and how it could be raised differently. They all blew my mind, opened me up to the connections between food and the environment and between food and politics and gave me solid grounding for discussing these issues, even though all the books are a decade or more old.”