I am a librarian.  Which means this blog must have a bibliography – although with the caveat that it is a work in progress.  In a perfect world, this would be an annotated bibliography and it is my goal to make it as useful as possible.  This is the place to find citations for printed resources.  For online resources, check out the reference section.  And, of course, please let me know if there is anything I should add here.


Amazing cookbooks abound and this list is long.  But we have kept it to the ones we find ourselves turning to again and again – our core collection.  Of course, we are always looking for new inspiration.  So let us know if something belongs on this list we have missed.  We are always happy for an excuse to acquire something new.

  1. Rose Levy Beranbaum, The Cake Bible, 8th ed. (William Morrow Cookbooks, 1988).
  2. Penelope Casas, Delicioso! The Regional Cooking of Spain, 1st ed. (Knopf, 1996).
  3. Julia Child, The Way to Cook, 1st ed. (Knopf, 1993).
  4. Julia Child, In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs (Knopf, 1996).
  5. Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck, Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Knopf, 2009)
  6. Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats, Revised and Updated 2nd. (Newtrends Publishing, Inc., 1999).
  7. Marcella Hazan, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, 1st ed. (Alfred A. Knopf, 1992).
  8. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, The Italian Country Table: Home Cooking from Italy’s Farmhouse Kitchens, 1st ed. (Scribner, 1999).
  9. Diana Kennedy, My Mexico: A Culinary Odyssey with More Than 300 Recipes, 1st ed. (Clarkson Potter, 1998).
  10. Michael Ruhlman, Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking, Reprint. (Scribner, 2010).
  11. Julie Sahni, Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking, 1st ed. (William Morrow Cookbooks, 1985).
  12. Alice Waters, The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution (Clarkson Potter, 2007).
  13. Alice Waters, In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart (Clarkson Potter, 2010).
  14. Paula Wolfert, The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean: 215 Healthy, Vibrant, and Inspired Recipes, 1st ed. (Ecco, 1900).


The same goes for food writing in recent years.  There is just so much out there – here is a short list that covers the basics.

  1. Wendell Berry, Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food (Counterpoint, 2009).
  2. Mark Bittman, Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes, 1st ed. (Simon & Schuster, 2009).
  3. Katrina Heron and Alice L. Waters, Slow Food Nation’s Come to the Table: The Slow Food Way of Living, First Edition. (Modern Times, 2008).
  4. Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, and Steven L. Hopp, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, 1st ed. (Harper Perennial, 2008).
  5. Participant Media and Karl Weber, Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It, First Edition, Media tie-in. (PublicAffairs, 2009).
  6. Marion Nestle, What to Eat, 1st ed. (North Point Press, 2007).
  7. Marion Nestle, Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition, and Health, Revised and Expanded Edition, 2nd ed. (University of California Press, 2007).
  8. Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, 1st ed. (Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2002).
  9. Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, 1st ed. (Penguin (Non-Classics), 2009).
  10. Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (Penguin, 2007).
  11. Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, 1st ed. (Penguin (Non-Classics), 2009).
  12. Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, First Harper Perennial Edition. (Harper Perennial, 2005).
  13. Katrina Heron and Alice L. Waters, Slow Food Nation’s Come to the Table: The Slow Food Way of Living, First Edition. (Modern Times, 2008).


The trend toward new homekeeping manuals in recent years is fascinating, and hard to keep up with.  Geared toward a slightly different audience than their counterparts of centuries before, the goal is the same: to help one figure out the routines of daily life.

  1. Annie Berthold-Bond, Better Basics for the Home: Simple Solutions for Less Toxic Living, 1st ed. (Clarkson Potter, 1999).
  2. Erin Bried, How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew, Original. (Ballantine Books, 2009).
  3. Virginia M. Friedman, Melissa Wagner, and Nancy Armstrong, Field Guide to Stains (Quirk Books, 2002).
  4. Cheryl Mendelson, Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House (Scribner, 2005).
  5. Kate Payne, The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency–on a Budget! (Harper Design, 2011).
  6. Jennifer Mcknight Trontz, Home Economics (Quirk Books, 2010).


This is just a basic sampling of early Home Economics.  To get a really good sense of the field, Cornell University has an excellent Home Economics Archive with many volumes available online, full-text, for free!

  1. Lyman Abbott, The house and home: a practical book (Scribner, 1896).
  2. Catharine Beecher and Harriet Stowe, American Woman’s Home (Applewood Books, 2008).
  3. Catharine Esther Beecher, A Treatise on Domestic Economy: For the Use of Young Ladies at Home and at School (Forgotten Books, 2010).
  4. Mary Elizabeth Carter, House and home: a practical book on home management (A. S. Barnes, 1904).
  5. H. C. Davidson, The Book of the home: an encyclopaedia of all matters relating to the house and household management (Gresham, 1905).
  6. Mary Ann Bryan Mason, The Young Housewife’s Counsellor and Friend; Containing Directions in Every Department of Housekeeping, Including the Duties of Wife and Mother (General Books LLC, 2010).
  7. Maria Parloa, Home economics: a guide to household management, including the proper treatment of the materials entering into the construction and furnishing of the house (The Century co., 1898).
  8. Maria Parloa, Home economics: a practical guide in every branch of housekeeping (The Century co., 1906).
  9. Catharine Beecher and Harriet Stowe, American Woman’s Home (Applewood Books, 2008).


There has been a veritable explosion in Urban Homesteading books in recent years.  They are akin to the homekeeping manuals above, but expand to cover more than just the home.

  1. Raleigh Briggs, Make Your Place: Affordable & Sustainable Nesting Skills, 1st ed. (Microcosm Publishing, 2008).
  2. Novella Carpenter, Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer (Penguin (Non-Classics), 2010).
  3. Kelly Coyne and Knutzen Erik, Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World (Rodale Books, 2011).
  4. Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, The Urban Homestead (Expanded & Revised Edition): Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City, Exp Rev. (Process, 2010).
  5. Jeff Davidson, Simpler Living: A Back to Basics Guide to Cleaning, Furnishing, Storing, Decluttering, Streamlining, Organizing, and More (Skyhorse Publishing, 2010).
  6. Carla Emery, The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 10th ed. (Sasquatch Books, 2008).
  7. Nicole Faires, The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading: An Encyclopedia of Independent Living (Skyhorse Publishing, 2011).
  8. Harriet Fasenfest, A Householder’s Guide to the Universe: A Calendar of Basics for the Home and Beyond (Tin House Books, 2010).
  9. Abigail R. Gehring, Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition, 3rd ed. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2008).
  10. Abigail R. Gehring, Self-Sufficiency: A Complete Guide to Baking, Carpentry, Crafts, Organic Gardening, Preserving Your Harvest, Raising Animals, and More! (Skyhorse Publishing, 2010).
  11. Abigail R. Gehring, The Homesteading Handbook: A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More (Skyhorse Publishing, 2011).
  12. Shannon Hayes, Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture (Left to Write Press, 2010).
  13. Rachel Kaplan and K. Ruby Blume, Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living (Skyhorse Publishing, 2011).
  14. Carleen Madigan, The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! (Storey Publishing, LLC, 2009).
  15. Brett L. Markham, Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre (Skyhorse Publishing, 2010).
  16. Ivette Soler, The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden, 1st ed. (Timber Press, 2011).
  17. Spring Warren, The Quarter-Acre Farm: How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year (Seal Press, 2011).
  18. Jenna Woginrich, Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life (Storey Publishing, LLC, 2010).
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