Books Similar to The Poison Squad

September 24, 2019

Food’s History and Future

  • The Jungle- Upton Sinclair
  • The Way We Eat Now: How the Food Revolution Has Transformed Our Lives, Our Bodies, and Our World- Bee Wilson
  • The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World- Amanda Little
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meal- Michael Pollan
  • An Edible History of Humanity- Tom Standage
  • The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food- Dan Barber
  • Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything- Linda Kang and Nate Pedersen
  • The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities- Will Allen

Food Science

  • Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat- Marion Nestle
  • Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives – Mark Miodownik
  • Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats- Maryn McKenna
  • Neurogastronomy: How the Brain Creates Flavor and Why it Matters- Gordon M Shepherd
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us- Michael Moss
  • The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor- Mark Schatzker
  • The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food- Ted Genoways

Food Safety

  • Outbreak: Foodborne Illness and the Struggle for Food Safety- Timothy D. Lytton
  • Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak that Changed the Way Americans Eat- Jeff Benedict

Food Politics

  • Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health – Marion Nestle

Food Labeling

  • Organic: A Journalist’s Quest to Discover the Truth behind Food Labeling- Peter Laufer

Food Law

  • Habeas Codfish: Reflection on Food and the Law- Barry Levenson
  • The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business- Christopher Leonard
  • Lethal but Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Public Health- Nicholas Freudenberg

Food Inequities

  • The New Food Activism: Opposition, Cooperation, and Collective Action- Alison Hope Alkon
  • Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability- Alison Hope Alkon
  • Free For All: Fixing School Food in America- Janet Poppendieck
  • Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System- Raj Patel
  • Eating Animals- Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States- Seth Holmes
  • Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism- Julie Guthman

The American Diet

  • Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal- Eric Schlosser
  • All You Can Eat?: How Hungry is America?- Joel Berg
  • The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite- David A Kessler
  • Fast Food: The Good, the Bad and the Hungry- Andrew F Smith
  • The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table: Tracie McMillan
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto- Michael Pollan

Food Philosophy

  • Philosophy of Food- David M. Kaplan
  • Making Sense of Taste: Food and Philosophy- Carolyn Korsemeyer
  • The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Out Food Choices Matter- Peter Singer and Jim Mason

Food and Agriculture

  • Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food- Wendell Berry
  • Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming, and Our Future- Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
  • The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture- Wendell Berry


  • The Town that Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food- Ben Hewitt
  • Food and Society: Principles and Paradoxes- Amy Guptill, Denise A. Copelton, Betsy Lucal


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