Books to Nourish Your Appetite {List by Slow Food Oahu}

Books to Nourish Your Appetite

I took this post straight from the Slow Food Oahu e-newsletter. I haven’t read any of these books yet, but I’m definitely adding many of these to my list. Enjoy! 

The following list of seventeen (17) recommended food books for Winter 2017 is credited to the Food Tank. If you weren’t able to participate in our first book club and reading group, go ahead and  choose from the list below and start reading.  Look for an announcement soon for the next book in our reading group.

  1. Biting the Hands that Feed Us by Baylen Linnekin. Biting the Hands that Feed Us examines the counterproductive regulations of the American food system. Linnekin digs into the laws that make “ugly” produce obsolete and that categorize necessary fertilizers as toxic, policies that subsequently make some of our greatest challenges-hunger, food waste, inhumane livestock conditions-even harder to remedy.
  2. Fixing the Food System by Stephen Clapp. Clapp takes a shot at answering some of the toughest questions plaguing the American food system. He examines the problems that currently exist and how reform could change the health, economic, and environmental impacts of food. His proposition for a more sustainable food system is supported by his years working in food policy in Washington and insight from food movement leaders over the past 50 years.
  3. The Farm on the Roof by Anastasia Cole Plakias. High above the concrete blocks of New York City stretches one of the world’s largest rooftop farms. Brooklyn Grange started with one rooftop farm on an old Brooklyn building but has grown to multiple urban farms and several other farming ventures. Cole Plakias recounts the stories of the founders and their experience not only growing plants but also growing a business.
  4. Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming, and Our Future  by Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Martha Hodgkins. Addressing the young and innovative community of the current food revolution, Letters to a Young Farmer offers lessons from an older generation who broke down barriers for the new food revolution. These food leaders offer insight into the ups and downs of life on the farm. The book releases March 2017.
  5. The Future of Family Farms: Practical Farmers’ Legacy Letter Project edited by Teresa Opheim. The average farmer in the U.S. is aging, a fact that threatens the future of family farming. The Future of Family Farms is an essential handbook for family farmers facing business and inheritance decisions, as well as a collection of memoirs and histories from the legacies of family farms in the Midwest.
  6. No One Eats Alone by Michael S. Carolan. Carolan suggests we put aside our role as consumers to become more involved in the interconnected system of food production. We’ve been distanced from the producers of our own food, rarely interacting-let alone understanding-what goes on beyond the aisles of the grocery store. This gap is slowly closing, he says, and the more connected we become, the closer we get to curing the ailments of the food system, from obesity to labor inequality and toxic pesticides. The book releases in May 2017.
  7. Cities of Farmers by Julie Dawson. Cities of Farmers dives deep into the communities of urban farming in the U.S. and Canada, attempting to pinpoint examples of successful urban farming and reveal solutions to gaps in local food systems. By the end of the book, readers will have a better sense of how to be more active in food production in their own communities.
  8. Miraculous Abundance by Perrine Hervé-Gruyer and Charles Hervé-Gruyer. In the beautiful Normandy countryside lies one of the most innovative organic farms in Europe: Le Bec Hellouin. There is no more picturesque a place for the idyllic, family-owned farm, which uses permaculture and agroecology as a model for a sustainable food system. The book tells the story of how a couple of novice farmers transformed their backyard into a standard for the future.
  9. The Permaculture Transition Manual by Ross Mars. A renowned permaculture expert, Mars shares his knowledge of sustainable gardening techniques in this brimming manual. It’s everything you need to know to get started in building a sustainable lifestyle. In addition to permaculture design and growing techniques, Mars includes information about rainwater harvesting, irrigation, and human waste management.
  10. Seeds on Ice: Svalbard and the Global Seed Vault by Cary Fowler. Deep in the ice of a Norwegian archipelago lie the seeds of the past and the future. With the ever-encroaching impacts of climate change threatening biodiversity, the need to preserve our history for future generations is imperative. Seeds on Ice is a visually beautiful and profoundly informative look at the Global Seed Vault, a frozen cache of our world’s vast edible flora.
  11. Bountiful Harvest: From Land to Table by Betty LaDuke. LaDuke paints her way across Southern Oregon’s local food movement, collecting stories of organic farmers along the way. Through her paintbrush, readers enter the vibrant world of the farms, orchards, and vineyards she visited.
  12. Changing Season: A Father, a Daughter, A Family Farm by David Mas Masumoto with Nikiko Masumoto. As he prepares to pass the responsibilities of his 80-acre organic farm to his daughter, author and farmer Masumoto collects stories from decades of peach farming, including a reflection on the discrimination his family faced during and after World War II. His daughter provides an alternative voice, sharing her experiences as a queer, mixed-race woman in the industry. An array of personal essays charts both their journeys in preparing for a future that’s just peachy.
  13. Multifunctional Agriculture – Achieving Sustainable Development in Africa by R. Leakey. An academic look at agroforestry and multifunctional agriculture, this book is packed with case studies from an expert in the field of sustainable agriculture and development in Africa. Leakey takes a multidisciplinary approach to studying the methods and practices of agriculture in complex societies. The book will release March 2017.
  14. The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes. It’s no secret that America has a sugar problem. The country struggles with diabetes and obesity rates, but the degree to which sugar affects such issues is more of a mystery. New York Times best-selling author Taubes takes a whack at explaining how our bodies react to sugar and how we got to this point. Using scientific research, he debunks myths, reveals who’s responsible for the country’s addiction of epidemic proportions, and makes the case against sugar.
  15. Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground-Up by Groundswell International. In Fertile Ground, readers find a comprehensive look at the ways agroecology and other methods of sustainable agriculture can sustain commercial systems while replacing the harmful monocultural practices that we’ve become so used to worldwide. With case studies from around the world, it demonstrates the growth in popularity of agroecological practices in recent years. This book will be released in early 2017.
  16. Grow Create Inspire by Crystal Stevens. A guidebook for happiness, Grow Create Inspire is for readers who are searching for inspiration for a better life. It provides tips for creating a more self-sufficient lifestyle through growing techniques and green practices.
  17. The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America by Mark Sundeen. From a pregnant, classically trained opera singer and her former marine biologist husband to a couple with a decades-old history of organic farming, Sundeen takes an immersive look into the new pioneers in the food system. This book releases in early January 2017.

What’s Your McDonald’s?

Have you ever seen this standup bit by Jim Gaffigan, where he talks about McDonald’s? If not, watch it here (and if you have already seen it, why not watch it again? It’s hilarious):

After joking about eating at McDonald’s, and the food served there, he says:

“I know some of you guys are like, ‘Sorry white trashy guy, I don’t eat McDonald’s.’ I have friends who brag about not going to McDonald’s… I’m tired of people acting like they’re better than McDonald’s. It’s like you may have never set foot in McDonald’s, but you have your own McDonald’s. Maybe instead of buying a Big Mac, you read US Weekly.”

This rings so true, and is worth thinking about. It’s true that I never (really, never!) go to McDonald’s. But, my “McDonald’s” is social media. My boyfriend says his is video games.

What’s your “McDonald’s”?

Merry Christmas!

“Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.”

Auguste Escoffier


May you have good food, genuine happiness and loads of love this holiday season!

Sunnyside Pizza {Queens}

Sunnyside Pizza Queens

Whenever I am in NYC, I have to visit Queens. It’s my favorite borough, plus, I have amazing friends who live there. When I was leaving from a quick visit this May, I decided to get a slice of New York pizza on my way to the airport (pizza in Hawaii is pretty disappointing). I chose this place because it was close to the subway.


I was just early enough to miss the lunch rush. Sunnyside Pizza is small, with just a couple stools for those who want to enjoy their pizza immediately. I was one such person, and the pizza guys talked to me while I ate. That’s what I love about Queens: it’s a real neighborhood, where the pizza guys will talk to you (with heavy New York accents, and in a gruff but friendly way) and ask you where you’re going with a suitcase.


I know it infuriates some diners, but I ask the staff what to eat when there are too many good options. They recommended a chicken parmesan slice, so I got it. It was amazingly delicious, and I ate the entire, huge slice. If I had been able to save half for later, I would have definitely done that instead, but I knew I would’ve just made a mess. This actually wasn’t quite the classic NYC pizza I was looking for, but I still really enjoyed it.

Sunnyside Pizza

40-01A Queens Blvd. Sunnyside, NY 11104

(718) 433-4040

The Beet Box Cafe {Haleiwa}


The Beet Box Cafe used to be a small counter where you could order food in the back of a health-food store, on the North Shore of Oahu (in the small, touristy town there called Haleiwa).

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I ordered an iced tea for while we waited for our food (you order at the counter, but they bring the food to you at the table. You then have to bring your dishes to a bin, but sometimes they come get the dirty dishes for you. It’s pretty confusing). I love that they added frozen blueberries in with the ice; by the time I finished the beverage, the plump blueberries had absorbed some of the tea, and tasted even better than regular blueberries.


I hold a special place in my heart for restaurants that serve breakfast all day. The breakfast options here are so good that even Kiyo ordered off the breakfast menu (and he never does!). He got the Mexicali Blues: eggs scrambled with a crunchy, toasted, sprouted-corn tortilla and jalapeño jack cheese topped with homemade salsa, avocado, and sunflower sprouts, and served with brown rice and Brazilian black beans. He opted to add soyrizo (vegetarian chorizo).


On the recommendation of a friend, I ordered the Zen, a scramble (choice of tofu or egg) of broccoli, onion, carrots and zucchini “seasoned with curry and love,” served with a scoop of brown rice and black beans and topped with avocado and sunflower sprouts. I LOVED this; it’s the kind of plate of food that I will think about and start to crave. I would definitely brave the traffic of Haleiwa to get to this again.


Although it was a little pricey (more than $12 per plate) we were both very impressed and satisfied with our meal. We each finished our plate of goodness, and felt very full, but managed to avoid the food coma that comes from overeating food that isn’t nutritious.


We had to save our cinnamon sugar [vegan] donut for later, since we were so full. I wouldn’t choose to eat this again; it was much too moist to be a donut. There wasn’t anything terrible or disgusting about it, but if I’m going to treat myself to dessert, I want something that’s worth the sugar and calories.

The Beet Box Cafe

66-437 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712

(808) 637-3000

Five Routes Through Thailand

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw this (or this) post about a giveaway, for a Thailand food/travel guidebook. Well, I got a couple responses, but sadly could not give the book to more than one person. So, I decided to take some photos of what seemed to be the most useful pages in the book, so we could also enjoy and save for future reference. Below are 5 Routes (planned particularly for foodies) you could take through Thailand; these pages are all in order, and you click each image to enlarge so you can print and/or read. Happy travels!

Five Routes Through Thailand:

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#FollowFriday: @eyechow

Today I am reserving #FollowFriday for some shameless self-promotion: are you following @eyechow on Instagram yet? Recently I have decided to commit to being vegetarian, so on my food account you can find healthy, vegetarian and vegan food; restaurant dishes and reviews from at home in Hawaii and on my travels; recipes; food ideas and inspiration; etc.


What else would you like to see on my food account?

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eyechow on instagram

Cheesy Eddie’s {Rochester}

In May, I went to Rochester, New York, for the first time. Rochester is not a destination city; my sister graduated U of R, which was the impetus for a visit. Pleasantly, the city turned out to be more inviting than I expected, and of course, as I always do, I made it my mission to seek out the best food. Luckily, my sister having lived there for the past few years was helpful. Her best advice was a visit to a place which (strangely, I thought) is named Cheesy Eddie’s; and odd name, as it’s a bakery.

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When you hear why it has cheese in the name though, it starts to make sense: Cheesy Eddie’s specializes in cheesecake and carrot cake (which, DUH, is topped with cream cheese frosting). Who doesn’t love a bakery that has an entire category of creations called “Over-the-top Cheesecakes”? Of course, we bought a peanut butter cheesecake, which was satisfying and well-done, but forget that.


The Gold Medal goes to a little masterpiece called Jack’s Delight: two chocolate chip cookies, held together by cream cheese frosting. The cookies were perfect: soft with slightly crisp edges. The frosting hit just the right balance of sweet and savory, and the texture was soft but just thick and strong enough to hold the amazing dessert-sandwich together. Of course, it was rich, so I ate half one evening and the second half as my breakfast-dessert (what, you don’t ever eat dessert after eating [leftover pizza for] breakfast!?) the next day. Said “next day” was Lana’s graduation, which turned out to be a record-setting low temperature and windy; and later it hailed. In May. No, really. At least I had the crumbling second-half of my Jack’s Delight to bring a little brightness and comfort to a dreary day. Oh yeah, and celebrating Lana’s accomplishments! JK, Lana, love you! But seriously, I was devastated when we didn’t have time to go back to Cheesy Eddie’s and stockpile Jack’s Delight to bring home to Hawaii. 


My boyfriend literally calls me “Cookie Monster,” because I love cookies so much, but seriously, I ask you: Why don’t more people get on the frosting-cookie-sandwich bandwagon? Does anyone else agree? 

#FollowFriday: @photosynthesis206

I met blogger and yoga teacher Lizzie Braicks two years ago in Seattle. At the time, she was also working full-time at Amazon (she has since left that position) and my boyfriend and I met her near work for lunch. Lizzie and my boyfriend grew up together on a small island in Seattle, Washington. I’m so glad that I happened to meet her through this relationship, because she is so awesome; super down-to-earth, smart and easy to talk to. I love how her Instagram account is so cohesive visually, but also provides a constant stream of happy and healthy #lifegoals. She is vegan, has a puppy, cares for her “sassy Autistic brother,” is engaged to a cool-sounding dude, and teaches barre and yoga. There is so much love and positivity on this page; check her out here!

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#FollowFriday: @AnnieTarasova

I stumbled across Annie Tarasova’s Instagram account, and immediately fell in love. I discovered on her Etsy page (which will be active again next week!) that she is from Australia, but currently traveling in Thailand. Her Instagram’s mood, composition and content are all on point. This is vegan, travel, fashion, and vacation goals all in one place. Although I believe Instagram (and all social media) project unrealistic fantasy lives, which can sometimes be harmful, it can’t hurt to daydream once in awhile. And this account is my perfect, swoon-worthy daydream inspiration.

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