Book Reviews

Opening shot of Meatrix, a movie about family farming.

26 Films Every Food Activist Must Watch

by World Resources Institute, WEED, others

Films and short videos are a powerful way of increasing awareness of and interest in the food system. With equal parts technology and artistry, filmmakers can bring an audience to a vegetable garden in Uganda, a fast food workers’ rights protest in New York City, or an urban farm in Singapore. ...

Reviewed by Danielle Nierenberg and Katie Work Food Tank November 17, 2016
Cover: Monitoring food security in countries with conflict situations

Monitoring food security in countries with conflict situations

by FAO and WFP

Conflict is a leading cause of hunger  and this short document (42 pages) describes hunger resulting from conflict in 17 countries, countries where conflict and hunger have been substantial .  It is a joint study by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program and available as a ...

Reviewed by Lane Vanderslice August 15, 2016
Book cover Nourishing Millions

Nourishing millions: Stories of change in nutrition

by Stuart Gillespie, Judith Hodge, Sivan Yosef, and Rajul Pandya-Lorch (Editors)

Lane Vanderslice This important new book, available as a free download on the IFPRI website, is a wonderful introduction to the issues involved in improving nutrition for poorly nourished people throughout the world. The first chapter gives an overview ...

Reviewed by Lane Vanderslice Hunger Notes July 15, 2016
Book cover for The First 1000 Days

The First 1000 Days: A crucial time for mothers and children—and the world

by Roger Thurow

In his new book, The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children – and the World, journalist Roger Thurow chronicles the obstacles that women face around the globe. He takes ...

Reviewed by Allison Aubrey NPR July 15, 2016
The Reproach of Hunger by David Rieff

The Reproach of Hunger: Food, Justice, and Money in the Twenty-First Century

by David Reiff

In a groundbreaking book, based on six years of on the ground reporting, expert David Rieff offers a masterly review about whether ending extreme poverty and widespread hunger is within our reach as increasingly promised. Can we provide enough food for 9 billion (2 billion more than today) in 2050, especi ...

Reviewed by Sandra F. Joireman The Christian Century July 10, 2016
Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women: A guide to measurement

Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women: A guide to measurement

by Food and Agriculture Organization

Women of reproductive age (WRA) are often nutritionally vulnerable because of the physiological demands of pregnancy and lactation. Requirements for most nutrients are higher for pregnant and lactating women than for adult men. The Minimum Dietary Diversity for WRA (MDD-W) 3 indicator defined and described i ...

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

by Matthew Desmond

Lamar, his sons and some other adolescent boys from their Milwaukee neighborhood are sitting around, playing cards and smoking blunts, when there is a loud and confident knock on the door, which could be “a landlord’s knock, or a sheriff’s.” Mercifully it is only Colin, a young white man from their c ...

Reviewed by Barbara Erenreich New York Times February 26, 2016

World Hunger: 10 Myths

by Frances Moore Lappé and Joseph Collins

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Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

by Robert D. Putnam

In the late 1950s, Robert Putnam, the distinguished social scientist whose 'Bowling Alone' (2000) has become one of the most influential books of our time, lost his campaign for the presidency of his high school class in Port Clinton, Ohio. The victor was one of the few African Americans in the school, a ...

Reviewed by Alan Wolfe Washington Post March 6, 2015

Down the Up Escalator: How the 99 Percent Live in the Great Recession

by Barbara Garson

“Something bad has been creeping up the occupational ladder,” warns Barbara Garson, author of Down the Up Escalator: How the 99 Percent Live in the Great Recession. The author sees a broad transformation happening, and through her interviews with average Americans, is able to help us see the Great Recess ...

Reviewed by Blair Dudik October 21, 2014
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