Review: On Guerilla Gardening

Richard Reynolds’ scattershot history of gardening without borders may lead readers elsewhere to find examples, but he’s also hoping we’ll take matters into our own hands. Via Gastronomica.

Review: Far Flung and Well Fed

Longtime New York Times writer R.W. Apple’s grandiose dispatches cover the U.S.’s best soft-shell crabs, the most authentic kosher corned beef, and the finest cherry pie.

Review: Farm City

Farm City is sort of like the simple life in reverse. Rather than wealthy socialites mucking manure on a farm, the memoir depicts an educated country girl giddily exploring the heart of Oakland.

Conversation with Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky has uncovered an archive about the Depression-era America Eats project, which put unemployed writers to work on a collection about food. (Listen to audio.)

Review: Goat Song

Brad Kessler’s lengthy poetic entries about his small herd of goats hardly qualifies as a comprehensive manual. Still, the observant, unsanctimonious read is bound to inspire hobby farmers and consummate cheese lovers.

Review: Field Days

The redemptive aspect of Jonah Raskin’s intensely local memoir lies in its specificity to place, although the sprawling narrative imparts more of a gauzy poetic impression than any cohesive ideas about food or farming.