There is a plethora of food and food industry movies that I urge you to check out. They can be found on Amazon* or even Netflix, and in just an hour-and-half time investment, you can impress your friends with current food and nutrition-related facts at your next cocktail party. (*For Prime members, most of these are free to watch OnDemand!)


Forks over Knives directed by Lee Fulkerson
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead featuring Joe Cross
Food Inc .featuring Eric Schlosser
King Corn directed by Aaron Woolf
Fresh featuring Ana Sophia Joanes
Super Size Me featureing John Banzhaf

These are books that broaden your horizon and make you more aware of our food system. They are provocative and titillating. Caution, though, as they may ruin your appetite and make you think twice about what you’re stocking your fridge with!


Food Matterns by Mark Bittman
The China Study by T. Colin Cambpell
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink
Ending the Food Fight by David Ludwig, MD, PhD and Suzanne Rostler, MS, RD, LDN
The End of Overeating by David Kessler
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross
Strong Women, Strong Hearts by Miriam Nelson
What To Eat by Marian Nestle
Food Politics by Marion Nestle
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
The Taste of Conquest by Michael Krondl
Slow Food Nation by Carlo Petrini and Alice Waters
The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
Fast-Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
Chew on This by Charles Wilson and Eric Schlosser
Superfoods by Steven Pratt
The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet by Barbara Rolls, PhD
Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy by Walter Willet, MD
Sugar Nation by Jeff O’Connell
Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life by Lillian Cheung

Cook & Bake Books

Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
Biba’s Italy: Favorite Recipes from the Splendid Cities by Biba Caggiano
How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
Super Natural Every Day: Whole-Foods Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen by Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks Blog
Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman
All cookbooks by Giada De Laurentiis
Barefood Contessa Back to Basics by Ina Garten
Joy the Baker by Joy Wilson
The New Sonoma Cookbook by Connie Guttersen, RD, PhD
The Best of America’s Test Kitchen
Bill’s Food by Bill Granger

A nod to some of Boston’s favorite eateries

Boston Homegrown Cookbook by Leigh Belanger
Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery by Joanne Chang
Stir: Mixing it up in the Italian Tradition by Barbara Lynch


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