When she’s not in the lab (and sometimes when she is), BioStar Founder and Formulator Tigger Montague is a voracious reader. The Real Food Reading List invites you to check out some of the books she’s recently digested, and learn how they’ve helped in the search for the same real food Tigger and BioStar work to provide.
Taste, Memory: Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter by David Buckanan
This is the true story of one man’s search for some of the lost apple varieties in America. By the 19th century the U.S was the largest producer of apples, growing an incredible 2,500 varieties of apples. Today we are down to 100 varieties, and 15 of those varieties make up 90% of the apples cultivated. You will come to view apples in a whole new light.
This is the true story of Hardwick, Vermont who jumped started its economy through a local and self-sustaining food system that included restaurants, farmers, seed-growers, and artisanal food makers. Lots of fascinating characters and a blueprint for what towns can do.
Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics is Fueling Our Modern Plagues by Martin J. Blaser
This book traces one scientist’s journey towards understanding the crucial importance of the microbiome, and the powerful damage of antibiotic overuse on our health. Dr. Blaser is a kind of Indiana Jones of the microbiome, making for an easy to read, and fascinating look at the role microbes play in our lives.
Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind by Gene Logsdon
This entertaining book about manure features everything from how to select the right pitchfork to how to compost dog and cat waste. Helpful advice on the management of farm manure and why manure is one of our greatest natural resources.
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