A Few Favorite Books

A reader asked me to share books I've loved and that have inspired me, and I'm happy to oblige - there's something so voyeuristic and enjoyable about perusing someone else's bookshelf, isn't there?

The books below are nonfictions that have given me ideas to chew on, or have left me scribbling notes, or have informed the way I cook or shop or live. Some I own, some are the library's, some I've borrowed from family or friends. However you get your hands on a copy, I hope they resonate with you in some way, too.


-Affluenza, by John de Graaf. I first borrowed my parent's copy of Affluenza a long, long time ago, and it has grown even more relevant now that I'm older. The book discusses the way in which American consumption has spiraled out of control, and advocates living more slowly and simply as a fix for many of our ills, whether environmental or social. So much food for thought.

-Apartment Gardening, by Amy Pennington. Tips and tricks for gardening in tight spaces - super comprehensive and super helpful. I initially read this from the library but then bought a copy to keep on my bookshelf, and I refer to it frequently.

-Simple Matters, by Erin Boyle. I took tons of notes while reading Erin's book. Like most lifestyle-type books, it contains a lot of common sense information that you probably already know, but it also has gems of information that are so useful. I especially loved her recipes for DIY cleaning and body care products. Plus, it feels like reading a blog in book form - very fun.


-Garbology, by Ed Humes. Written about here - enough said.

-Zero Waste Home, by Bea Johnson. The book version of Bea's famous blog, this features helpful really helpful tips and thoughtful ways to get closer to a zero waste home.


-An Everlasting Meal, by Tamar Adler. This lyrically written book completely has defined my cooking philosophy since I first read it, back in college. Tamar advocates for cooking simply, seasonally, less by recipes than by your own good taste and ingenuity - she calls it "cooking with economy and grace." I couldn't recommend it more highly.

-Canning for a New Generation, by Liana Krissoff. A simple, seasonal primer that makes canning food seem easy. Plus, the photographs are almost mouthwatering and make me long for a few shelves of my pantry to be stocked with seasonal food set aside for the winter.

-How to Cook a Wolf, by M.F.K. Fisher. M.F.K. was such a sharp, funny lady, and this book is such a joy to read. Written during World War II about cooking and living well despite wartime shortages, it's still relevant for anyone today interested in reducing their food waste and cooking simply and well. Such a classic.

A few other bloggers share some of their favorite reads here, here, and here, if you're in the mood for more. And I'd love to hear which books on these topics have been your favorites, too.