Slow Food Books

Black History Month Reads

the list on bookshopand a list for kids!

Slow Food Books is a curated list of books and resources that speak to Slow Food values. We hope to connect readers with food writing that inspires thought and discussion about the food you love, diverse food cultures, historical foodways, food justice, and the joy of eating. 

We use bookshop.org to host our booklist. We chose bookshop.org because their booksales support independent bookstores. Plus, Slow Food USA will receive 10% of the sale of every book sold via our booklist. We’ll put that 10% into the National Resilience Fund to directly support vital businesses and workers in community-based food systems, through local Slow Food chapters and groups.


Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

“Though it may not seem related to food at the outset, this vibrant, racing apocalyptic tale is, at its heart, about food sovereignty and security. Octavia Butler is a magician with words—it is one of the few books in recent years that I have read cover to cover in one sitting. Parable of the Sower is an epic cross-country adventure and a story of community and resilience.”

— Cedar Schimke, Slow Books Curator

FOOD BOOKS FOR KIDS: A 2020 Holiday Book List with Readers to Eaters!

with Philip Lee, Readers to Eaters Much like cooking and growing food, reading is an activity the whole family can enjoy - even kids! Not only can books be windows into new worlds and cooking cultures, but they can inspire change through action. For that reason, we...

THE CULTURE OF FOOD: a 2020 Holiday Books List

From Cedar, Tammy and Katie, Slow Books Curators It has been said that books serve as “windows, mirrors and doors,” transporting us to other worlds, real and imagined - ultimately, exposing us to things we weren’t fully aware of previously. Such can be said as well...

IN THE KITCHEN: a 2020 Holiday Book List

From Cedar, Tammy and Katie, Slow Books CuratorsIf there’s a time of year where we are most content to cozy up to a warm stove and bake our hearts out, it’s this one. The winter months motivate us to find renewed joy indoors, within the heartbeat of every home - in...

Discussion Guides

In 2020, Slow Books hosted a virtual discussion group to discuss How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. The Slow Books Curators developed a trio of discussion guides for the book—A Reading & Discussion Guide, A Moderator’s Guide and a Virtual Book Club Toolkit—so you can host your own discussion group! Download all three here.

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The Slow Food Book Curators

Tammy Maitland

Tammy Maitland

Tammy is a coastal Massachusetts transplant who has been living in the high desert of New Mexico for the past 16 years. She has mainly worked in the field of education, either as a 4th grade teacher, substitute teacher, or environmental educator. In the last few years her love of food has blossomed right along with her growing obsession with books. Tammy has been a board member of Slow Food Albuquerque for about a year. You can find her on Instagram as @quibit_the_cat.

Katie Johnson

Katie Johnson

Katie discovered her local Slow Food chapter in Chicago five years ago while working at a commercial food broker, scratching her head at the gap between the midwest-grown blueberries they sold across the nation and local food markets. She got involved with the Chicago chapter as a blog writer and is now a chapter leader, having taken on many roles over the years, including program manager for the chapter’s food book club. Katie officially added the title of “librarian” to her resume, graduating in May of 2019 with a MSLIS. So it is only fitting that those two worlds collide in establishing Slow Food Books! You can find out more about Katie on her website or instagram @katydid_katiejohnson.

Cedar Schimke

Cedar Schimke

Cedar has learned to see the Slow Food movement as a gateway to decolonizing our lives, using food as the medium. Her food philosophy is shaped by visionaries like Robin Wall Kimmerer (Braiding Sweetgrass), Winona Laduke (Honor the Earth), Edgar Villanueva (Decolonizing Wealth), and Melanie Harris (Ecowomanism). Books are a medium for exploring and examining the stories we have about, and relationships we have with, our food. Cedar has been a journalist, brewer, line cook, cheesemaker, and facilitator. Cedar also hikes ~2,000 miles per year!

Margaret Woodruff

Margaret Woodruff

Margaret Woodruff first learned about Slow Food while researching local foods for library programs at her library in Vermont.  Since that time, she has been part of the Slow Food Vermont board and worked to fold Slow Food initiatives into libraries across the state, including Plant-a-Seed gardens at the Charlotte Library where she serves as director.  Books and food seem like such a natural combination!

To get involved in Slow Food Books as a curator or partner, contact books@slowfoodusa.org


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