I want my tomatoes to come from New Jersey...

I consider myself to be a vegetarian and a locivore.

I subscribe to Michael Pollan's philosophy of food: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

and I have a bit of a food philosophy of my own:

1. Eat local. If you can afford it, eat local organic. If you can't get local, eat organic - at least the fruits and vegetables most likely to be contaminated with pesticides (you can find lists all over the web).
2. Cook to the food, not the recipe. Buy the best produce in season and build your meal around it.
3. Teach your children how food grows, where it grows, and what ripens in each season where you live.

Here are some books on food and eating that I have read and would recommend - in no particular order.

1. Frances Moore Lappe's "Diet for a Small Planet"
2. "Laurel's Kitchen" by Laurel Robertson
3. Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma"
4. "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A year of Food Life" by Barbara Kingsolver
5. "Tomatoland" by Barry Estabrook.
6. "Food Rules: An Eater's Manual" by MIchael Pollan
7. "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan
8. "Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All" by Orin B. Hesterman
9. "The Locavore's Handbook: The Busy Person's Guide to Eating Local on a Budget " by Leda Meredith

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