An eclectic assortment of books that have shaped my cooking and eating practices, and inspired my work as a sociologist. Check back for additions. I’m always reading! Baking as Biography: A Life Story in Recipes written by Diane Tye (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010) Baking as Biography is a beautifully written account of women’s food work in Maritime Canada beginning in the 1950s. Folklorist Diane Tye traces the narrative of her mother’s life through her recipe collection. An excellent example of the promise of recipe reading as social cartography. Becoming Vegetarian: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Vegetarian Diet written by Vesanto Melina & Brenda Davis (Wiley, 2003) If you are interested in becoming vegetarian, or have been eating vegetarian but are not certain you are getting all the nutrients you need, read this book! Melina & Davis also address some of the social dilemmas new vegetarians face and share some of their favourite recipes. Hands down the best book I read as a new vegetarian more than six years ago. Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood written by Patricia Green & Carolyn Hemming (Whitecap, 2010) Quinoa 365 will get you into the kitchen as soon as you crack its spine! If you have been searching for healthy gluten-free recipes and purchasing multiple flours and speciality ingredients does not interest you, this book is for you. With more than 170 recipes featuring quinoa and quinoa flour there’s something to please everyone, gluten-free and gluten-loving alike. Everyday favourites like Quinoa Pancakes, The Ultimate Granola, Carrot Spice Muffins and Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf will make their way onto your table regularly. Comforting soups, stews and casseroles pack a healthy punch with quinoa serving as both a protein and a satisfying grain. Slow Living written by Wendy Parkins & Geoffrey Craig (Berg, 2006) Slow Living is a scholarly account of the rise of the Slow Food Movement and the social and political change it might inspire. A fascinating read for those interested in the history and promise of contemporary food movements. The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit written by JJ Lee (Emblem, 2011) As you will have discerned from the title, this book is not about food. It is about men’s fashion, specifically, the suit. Like food, clothes have a material and cultural history that permeates our interactions with those we love and those we know only as strangers. JJ Lee’s history of the suit and his struggle to understand his father are expertly woven together to create a memoir that is both riveting and informative.