Eating real food is better for our health, our families, our communities, and the environment. Being connected to your food will change your entire life.

THE CONSCIOUS KITCHEN by Alexandra Zissu All of Alexandra Zissu’s books are great perspective changing, resource-plentiful reads. In this book, find out what’s good for personal health, what’s good for the planet, and what tastes great. Learn how to find your way around a farmers’ market, how to cook with the least amount of energy, and how to eat locally, even in winter!

FOOD RULES: AN EATER’S MANUAL by Michael Pollan Food wisdom delivered in a witty, inspirational and common sense way – if you wonder “what should I eat?”, this is for you. Long novels aren’t your thing? Not to worry, this book is short, to the point, and easier to read than a People Magazine!

WHAT TO EAT by Marion Nestle The ultimate reference, yet still amusing, this book takes you on a guided tour of the supermarket. Along the way, it tells you just what you need to know about everything from food labels, to nutrition and health claims, and shows you how to make the best decisions for yourself and your own needs.

OMNIVORES DILEMMA: YOUNG READERS EDITION by Michael Pollan I like this version…simple enough for my 9 year old to read, but packed full of perspective twisting information that guides us to eat better for every reason.

GRUB: IDEAS FOR AN URBAN ORGANIC KITCHEN by Anna Lappe and Bryant Terry If you don’t know about the “wrong bus syndrome” look it up, or get this part book/part cookbook. Amazing perspective offering great ideas to create your own urban organic kitchen.

TWINKIE, DECONSTRUCTED by Steve Ettlinger Has your child ever said, “Daddy, where does polysorbate 80 come from?” Steve’s did, and then he wrote this book – a chapter dedicated to each ingredient in a twinkie, it’s humourous and scary all at the same time. You won’t ever read a label the same way again… in a good way.

FOOD MATTERS by Mark Bittman Mark Bittman is an incredible storyteller who offers convincing and straightforward budget-conscious advice that will help you make small changes that will shrink your carbon footprint AND your waistline. (imagine that!?)

THE UNHEALTHY TRUTH by Robyn O’Brien You know how a mother says that she’ll do anything for her child? After Robyn O’Brien’s daughter had a violent allergic reaction to eggs, everything changed. I almost didn’t want to accept the information that she delivers about our food supply chain because it was so angering to see in print. But in order to change, we must take action, and we need the reason, the push the inspiration…and this mom has done that for all of us.