What’s Friedman Reading?

By Ashley Colpaart, RD, LD

A cool blog called People Reading began as an “exploration of literary San Francisco and daily affirmation that people still read.” The author travels around taking photos of what people are reading. She has discovered that she has “not only been chronicling the popularity of books, but also the diversity of individuals. What goes on inside our minds is evidenced by and influenced by what we are reading, have read, and the inner dialogs we have with authors.”

This got me thinking, what is Friedman reading? What are the books, magazines and blogs that are shaping the ideas in our community? I could use an extended summer reading list.

In early February forty-nine members of the Friedman community (students, faculty and staff) were surveyed through Survey Monkey. Click on the link to see the full list.

What top three books shaped your interest in coming to The Friedman School?

The top 5 where favorite author selections:

1. Michael Pollan- The Omnivore’s Dilemma; In Defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto; The Botany of Desire

2. Marion Nestle- Food Politics; What To Eat;

3. Barbara Kingsolver- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle; Prodigal Summer

4. Wendell Berry- The Pleasures of Eating; What Are People For?

5. Frances Moore Lappe- World Hunger, 12 Myths; Diet for a Small Planet; Food First: Beyond the Myth of Scarcity

6. Mountains Beyond Mountains- Tracy Kidder

7. Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser

8. Stuffed and Starved – Raj Patel

9. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair

10. City Bountiful – Laura Lawson

11. Harvest for Hope – Jane Goodall

12. Mindless Eating – Brian Wansink

13. Hungry Planet – Peter Menzel & Faith D’Alusio

14. The China Study – T. Collin Campbell

15. The Taste of Place – Amy Trubek

16. Food Matters- Mike Bittman

17. The End of Food – Paul Roberts

18. Guns, Germs and Steel – Jared Diamond

19. Fatal Harvest – Andrew Kimbrell

20. White Man’s Burden – William Easterly

21. The Man Who Ate Everything- Jeffrey Steingarten

22. Fatal Harvest – Andrew Kimbrell

23. On Food and Cooking – Harold McGee

24. Pathologies of Power – Paul Farmer

25. The Nutrition Factor – Alan Berg

26. Gaviotas- Alan Weisman

27. The Road to Hell- Michael Maren

28. Good Calories, Bad Calories – Gary Taubes

29. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

30. Farm-to-Table – Gary Holthaus

What top 3 books have you read since you’ve been at The Friedman School that have had an impact on your study?

1. Raj Patel – The Value of Nothing; Stuffed and Starved

2. Food Policy Analysis – C. Peter Timmer

3. Marion Nestle – Food Politics; Food Safety

4. Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930’s – Donald Worster

5. Hot, Flat And Crowded – Thomas L. Friedman

6. Policy Paradox – Deborah Stone

7. Bound Together – Nayan Chanda

8. Agropolis: The Social, Political and Environmental Dimensions of Urban Agriculture -Edited by Luc J. A. Mougeot

9. Second Nature- Michael Pollan

10. The End of Overeating- David Kessler

11. Waste- Tristan Stewart

12. For the Health of the Land: Previously Unpublished Essays And Other Writings – Aldo Leopold

13. The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World’s Toughest Problems – Richard Pascale, Jerry Sternin, Monique Sternin

14. Chasing the Flame – Samantha Powers

15. The Great Hunger – Cecil Woodham Smith

16. The Blue Death- Robert D. Morris

17. Nudge – Thaler & Sunstein

18. Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer

19. Where Food Comes From- Gary Nebhan

20. Clean – Alejandor Junger

21. Nature’s Metropolis – William Cronon

22. The Unsettling of America – Wendell Berry

23. The Comprehensive Rural Health Project: Jamkhed, India

24. Goat Song – Brad Kessler

25. The Spirit Catches You an You Fall Down – Ann Fadiman

26. Nature’s Metropolis- William Cronon

27. Mendel in the Kitchen – Nina V. Fedoroff

28. East of Eden- John Steinbeck

29. Where Our Food Comes From – Gary Nebhan

30. Molecules of Emotion: Why you feel the way you feel‎ – Candace B. Pert

31. Globalization and Its Discontents- Joseph Stiglitz

32. Oranges – John McPhee

33. The World is Fat – Barry Popkin

34. Denialism – Michael Specter

35. The Ethics of What We Eat –Peter Singer & Jim Mason

36. Localist Movements in a Global Economy – David J. Hess

37. My Life in France- Julia Child & Alex Prud-Homme

38. The Secret History of the War on Cancer – Devra Davis

39. A Bed for the Night -David Rieff

40. The Curious Gardeners Almanac – Niall Edworthy

41. The Whole Earth Discipline – Stewart Brand

42. Slow Food Nation’s Come to the Table: The Slow Food Way of Living- Katrian Heron & Alice Waters

43. Monitoring and Evaluation: A Guidebook for Nutrition Project Managers -Levinson et al

44. Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World – Mark Kurlansky

45. French Beans and Food Scares- Susanne Friedberg

46. WFP Strategic Plan 2008-2010 (not a book, but a great new approach to food aid)

47. Nutritional Epidemiology – Walt Willett

48. The Shock Doctrine- Naomi Klein

49. Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe – Alesina & Glaeser

50. The Fruit Hunters -Adam Gollner

51. The Ethics of What We Eat – Peter Singer & Jim Mason

52. Complex Emergencies – David Keen

53. Mindless eating: why we eat more than we think‎ – Brian Wansink

54. Poverty and famines: an essay on entitlement and deprivation‎ -Amartya Sen

55. Made to stick: why some ideas survive and others die‎ – Chip Heath & Dan Heath

What are you top 3 “outside reading” books?

1. Classics- Les Miserables – Victor Hugo; Brave New World – Aldous Huxley; To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee; Jane Eyre; Great Expectations; War and Peace; The Catcher in the Rye; Jane Austen; Pride and Prejudice

2. Anything by Alexandre Dumas, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Barbara Kingsolver, Jon Krakhauer, Rider Haggard, Kundera, Nabokov, Gore Vidal, or Saul Bellow

3. Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson

4. Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

5. The Power of Ideas – Isaiah Berlin & Henry Hardy

6. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Series – Alexander McCall Smith

7. Surely You’re Kidding Mr. Feynman – Richard Feynman

8. Common Ground – J. Anthony Lucas

9. Downtown Owl- Chuck Klosterman

10. Harry Potter

11. Lord of the Rings- J.R.R. Tolkein

12. Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres

13. Disgrace- J.M. Coetze

14. The Complete Writings of Martin Luther King Jr.

15. Devil in the White City – Eric Larson

16. About Grace- Anthony Doerr

17. “Poli-pop” memoirs, like Going Rouge- Sarah Palin

18. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

19. Critical Path- Buckminister Fuller

20. Mysteries

21. Historical Fiction

22. Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood

23. Look Homeward Angel – Thomas Wolfe

24. The Mists of Avalon – Marion Zimmer Bradley

25. God is Not Great – Christopher Hitchens

26. Sweet Earth – Joel Sternfeld

27. Biting the Hand that Starves You – David Epston

28. Too Much Happiness -Alice Munro

29. The Three Musketeers

30. Confederacy of Dunces – Kennedy Toole

31. Native Intelligence by Ray Sokolov

32. The Cairo Trilogy/Naguib Mahfouz

33. Cookbooks – all kinds

34. What is the What – Dave Eggers

35. Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris (Dead Until Dawn…)

36. Zanzibar Chest, Aidan Hartley

37. Girl with a Pearl Earring

38. Any Maeve Binchy books

39. Ecotopia

40. Anything by

41. The Travel Book -Lonely Planet

42. Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook – Nancy Clark MS RD

43. Whatever it Takes

44. Tao Te Ching / english version: Mitchell

45. The Phantom Tollbooth

46. Memiors of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

47. Lots of poetry anthologies

What Newspapers do you read?

1. New York Times

2. Washington Post

3. Boston Globe

4. The Wall Street Journal

5. Reuters

6. Metro

7. The Onion

8. BBC World News

9. The Economist

10. Le Monde

11. Syracuse Post

What magazines or ezines do you subscribe to?

1. The Economist

2. Harpers

3. The New Yorker

4. Newsweek; Businessweek; Forbes

5. The Nation

6. The Atlantic

7. National Geographic

8. Mother Jones; Audubon

9. Ode; Good

10. Elle Décor

11. Everyday with Rachel Ray; Women’s Health

12. Saveur; Cooks Illustrated

13. New Scientist

14. The Progressive Farmer

15. Planning

16. New York Review of Books

17. http://www.truthout.org

18. http://www.alternet.org

19. http://www.commondreams.org

20. Natural News online

21. Grist online

22. Consumer Reports

23. Rolling Stone

24. Prevention

25. ATTRA online

What group’s listserv would be most valuable for students to know about?

1. Comfood

2. Ag Clips

3. Slow Food Tufts/Boston/national

4. Global Food for Thought (Chicago Council)

5. Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group- American Dietetic Association

6. Urban Homesteaders League

7. Urbanag

8. Union of Concerned Scientists’ FEED

9. The Food Institute

10. Food Planning (University of Washington)

11. Local Harvest

12. Cool Foods Campaign

13. MIT Food

14. National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

15. National Resource Defense Committee

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