We always like to share the books we’re settling down with as the nights grow longer. Here’s a few of our recent favs:
97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York City Tenement.
By Jane Ziegelman.
We came across this book while thinking about family heirloom recipes for our new cookbook. It’s a fascinating and personal look at food and cultural history.
Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness. By Lisa M. Hamilton.
Any book with “Unconventional Famers” in the title would capture our attention. But these three portraits of pioneering new farmers kept our attention until the last page.
Coco Chanel: The Legend and The Life.
By Justine Picardie.
This might seem like an odd choice for us to read “down on the farm,” but it’s an irresistibly intimate look at our favorite style icon. (Plus, did you know the name “Beekman 1802” was inspired by “Chanel No. 5?”)
Freedom: A Novel
By Jonathan Franzen.
For those of you who haven’t yet succumbed to the publicity around Franzen’s latest masterpiece, go ahead and give in. It will be an American classic. This is the kind of literature for which you’re going to want the hardcover.
The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food
By Ben Hewitt.
This book nearly made us jealous! This story of how the small town of Hardwick Vermont found new life in the local food movement is great validation for all small towns like Sharon Springs who are rediscovering their agricultural roots.