Books I Have Read and Recommend and…These Have Nothing To Do With Food


Books I Have Read and Recommend and…These Have Nothing To Do With Food Books I Have Read and Recommend and…These Have Nothing To Do With Food Books I Have Read and Recommend and…These Have Nothing To Do With Food

Books I Have Read and Recommend and…These Have Nothing To Do With Food

  • Confessions of an economic hit man / John Perkins *** Unbelievable
  • Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers / Robert Zapolsky*** Endocrinologist and Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Stanford
  • Alone together: why we expect more from technology and less from each other / Sherry Turkle***
  • The body toxic: how the hazardous chemistry of everyday things threatens our health and well-being / Nena Baker
  • Broken open: how difficult times can help us grow / Elizabeth Lesser
  • The male brain / Louann Brizendine***Very informative and very funny
  • Life without lawyers: liberating Americans from too much law / Philip K. Howard*** Terrific
  • Big-box swindle: the true cost of mega-retailers and the fight for America’s independent businesses / Stacy Mitchell***
  • The ascent of money: a financial history of the world / Niall Ferguson
  • Freakonomics: a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything / Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner***
  • Superfreakonomics: global cooling, patriotic prostitutes, and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance / Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner*** If you have not read these two books you need to, they are great.  Read them in order
  • Why we believe what we believe: uncovering our biological need for meaning, spirituality, and truth / Andrew Newberg, Mark Robert Waldman
  • The tyranny of e-mail: the four-thousand-year journey to your inbox / John Freeman
  • Disconnect: the truth about cell phone radiation, what the industry has done to hide it, and how to protect your family / Devra Davis***
  • Liberty defined: 50 essential issues that affect our freedom / Ron Paul
  • The Big Short / Michael Lewis
  • Incognito: the secret lives of the brain / David Eagleman

I love, love, love James Hollis and have read all of his books.  His lifes’ mission is to translate all of the works of Carl Gustav Jung; the Swiss psychotherapist and psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology.  Jung proposed and developed the concepts of the extroverted and the introverted personality, archetypes, and the collective unconscious.  Hollis has written 13 books and if you decide to start reading him be prepared for some very in depth, heavy stuff and you might want a dictionary near by-I used mine profusely.

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I didn’t exactly tell the truth in the title of this post.  Below are some foodie books but not really in any traditional foodie sense and for this website I would change the quote in the picture below to:  “If you think organic food is expensive have you tried pricing diabetes lately”?

Joel Salatin“When faith in our freedom gives way to fear of our freedom, silencing the minority view becomes the operative protocol.”― Joel Salatin, Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front

What to say about Joel Salatin.  While I have said elsewhere that Alton Brown is my food hero, Joel Salatin is my all time, all around capitalized HERO.  I can’t think of anything he has said or written that I could much disagree with and/but…I have not read everything-maybe there is something somewhere.  Just so you know, Joel Salatin is that crazy Virginia farmer featured in Michael Pollans book The Omnivores Dilemma and the documentary Food Inc.

Don’t be afraid to stick out and stick up for what you believe in.  If you have never heard the name Joel Salatin now that you have, you may begin seeing his name pop up from time to time.  I even Google Alert him.

Below are eight of the books Joel Salatin has written and most of the titles show his thinking may not be anywhere near what most of us call conventional but to me he makes total sense.  You may visit him at  and know this:  Joel Salatin knows what it is to be free and he lives his freedom every day.  Joel is the epitome of the word courageous, Joel is defiant and Joel is a dying breed.

Nationally, the latest agricultural census figures show the fastest growing group of farmers and ranchers are those over age 65.

The USDA is beginning work on its 2012 census, and Merrigan is afraid the average age will be even higher when the data is compiled.  This was 2 years ago.

What do all these colleges have in common?  Texas A&M, Michigan State University originally MAC, Virginia Tech originally Virginia A&M. Alabama A&M, University of Arkansas originally Arkansas A&M?  There are many many more but you get the idea. The A stood for agriculture and except for Texas they have all changed their names.  Apparently they couldn’t wait to distance themselves from the agricultural aspect in their names. And the M?…that stood for Mechanical.

Joel, and many others say you can tell a lot about a person by what’s on their bookshelves.  I hope my bookshelf tells a little of me.

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William Kent KruegerSeriously, what kind of  sister-in-law would I be if I didn’t plug my husband’s sort of famous brother-author William Kent Krueger and his books?  So here they are, listed as they came out.  They are best read in order as they are a crime-mystery series.  Two exceptions standing on their own:  The Devil’s Bed and his latest *Ordinary Grace.  *Hot Diggity Dog Ordinary Grace just won and was presented on May 1st, in New York City, the 2014 coveted #1 Edgar award which is like winning the best picture academy award in the book world.  I am seeing him in July and he may now be just insufferable.  I understand from my husband it is very good.  His next book due out in August, Windigo Island, returns to the series and is assured of being good.  Kent has, on occasion, touched the NYT best seller list.  Kent also writes with his crime writing buddies, a group of mystery writer dubbing themselves: The Minnesota Crime Wave.  I have to confess I have not read these books as they are not my cup of tea, but I know millions of other people have.  At home he’s not famous…he’s just Grandpa.

Krueger Iron Lake 1 Krueger Bondary Waters 2 Krueger Purgatory Ridge 3 Krueger Devil's Bed 4
Krueger Blood Hollow 5 Krueger Mercy Falls 6 Krueger Copper River 7 Krueger Thunder Bay 8
Krueger Red Knife 9 Krueger Heaven's Keep 10 Krueger Vermillion Drift 11 Krueger Northwest Angle 12
Krueger Trickster's Point 13 Krueger Ordinary Grace 14 Tamarack County Windigo Island

 Ronald Reagan famously said, “Trust but Verify”.  At the signing of the INF Treaty, his counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev responded:  “you repeat that at every meeting,” to which Reagan answered:  “I like it”…I like it too.

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