Below are books I have read or am currently reading that I recommend. They pretty much all have to do with organic agriculture, food politics, local food, culinary arts.... I'm sure you get the idea.
by Barbara Kingsolver
This was the book that started it all for me. I read this book the fall of 2009, as I was finishing my first year of AmeriCorps NCCC. Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors, and reading this book truly changed my life and altered the way I thought about food. The book website calls it "part memoir, part journalistic investiagtion". I would add, part anthropological study of American food culture. I also recommend checking out the website - it contains all the recipes Kingsolver includes in the book, as well as the many resources in there as well.
by Michael Pollan
This is the book that finished what Animal, Vegetable, Miracle started, in terms of solidifying my interest in the "Good Food Movement". It's ridiculous that food should need defense - it's just food, right? - but as Pollan explains, much of what's available to us isn't actually food, but the product of food science. He traces the links between the so-called "Western Diet" and the many chronic diseases related to it - diabetes, for example. Interesting, that the more obsessed Americans become with nutrition and "healthy" food, the fatter they are becoming. But instead of just whining about it, Pollan lays down ideas for changing our diet and taking back the American food landscape.
by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme
Can I just say that I love Julia Child? Her voice comes through so well in this book, which is an autobiography covering her tenure as America's favorite chef. The book starts with her move to Paris with her husband, Paul, where she attended the world-famous culinary school Le Cordon Bleu. She narrates her success, and the many challenges she faces along the way. If you don't know French, definitely get your hands on a pocket dictionary - she includes so many little phrases and words that you know you're missing something if you don't look it up.