Food Books, Food Movies, & Food Music

Do you love to read? watch movies? listen to music? Please let us know your favorite works including practical growing advice, opinions about food, works of food fiction!


Reading suggestions:

The Pleasures of Eating by Wendell Berry (read this essay on-line!)

Other food & agriculture books by Wendell Berry:

A Continuous Harmony

Another Turn of the Crank

Bringing it to the Table: On Farming & Food by Berry and Michael Pollan

Farming: A Handbook

The Gift of Good Land

The Mad Farmer Poems

The Unsettling of America

Food books by Barbara Kingsolver

Animal Vegetable Miracle

Prodigal Summer

Food books by Michael Pollan:

In Defense of Food

Food Rules

The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

By John Robbins

Diet for a New America

By Eric Schlosser

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Movie Suggestions:

Ingredients: At the focal point of this movement, and of this film, are the farmers and chefs who are creating a truly sustainable food system. Their collaborative work has resulted in great tasting food and an explosion of consumer awareness about the benefits of eating local.

Fast Food Nation: The film Fast Food Nation is based on facts presented in the non-fiction book of the same name written by Eric Schlosser. The book is a scathing indictment of the fast food industry. In an usual move, director Richard Linklater has attempted to integrate these facts into a drama

Food Inc: In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment.

Fresh: FRESH is more than a movie, it’s a gateway to action. Our aim is to help grow FRESH food, ideas, and become active participants in an exciting, vibrant, and fast-growing movement.

What's Organic About "Organic": rings the alarm for the need to develop an ecological consciousness.  The film illustrates that the organic food debate extends well beyond personal choice and into the realm of social responsibility. Our hat's off to the movie maker, Shelley Rogers--she's from our hometown, Greeneville, TN!

Fun Food Tunes:

(now not all of these are healthy but they sure are fun!)

Let us know your favorite food tunes!

"Alice's Restaurant" Arlo Guthrie
"All That Meat And No Potatoes" by Louis Armstrong
"All You Can Eat" by the Fat Boys
"Alligator Meat" by Johnny Otis Band
"American Pie" by Don McLean
"Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" by Jay & The Techniques
"Apples and Oranges" by Led Zepplin
"Artichoke" by Cibo Matto
"Banana Boat Song/Day-O" by Harry Belafonte
"Banana Man" by Tally Hall
"Beans and Cornbread" performed by Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five
"Birthday Cake" by Cibo Matto
"Blueberry Hill" popularized by Glenn Miller and later by Fats Domino
"Bread and Butter" by the Newbeats
"Brown Sugar" by the Rolling Stones
"Burger Man" by ZZ Top
"Catfish" by Bob Dylan
"Cheeseburger in Paradise" by Jimmy Buffet,
"Cigarettes and Coffee" by Otis Redding
"Country Pie" by Bob Dylan
"Cream" by Prince
"Eggs and Sausage," Tom Waits
"Food Glorious Food" by Lionel Bart for "Oliver"

Funeral Food” by Kate Campbell
"Gimme a Pigfoot" by Bessie Smith
"Goober Peas" played by the Kingston Trio
"Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)" sung by Dee Dee Sharp
"Green Onions" by Booker T & the MG'
"Grits" by James Brown
"Homegrown Tomatoes" by Guy Clark
"Hot Potatoes" by the Kinks
"Hotcakes" Carly Simon
"I'm Gonna Bake My Biscuits" by Memphis Minnie
"I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" sung by Merv Griffin
"Ice Cream" performed by Sarah McLachlan
"Ice Cream Man" by Jonathan Richman
"Jambalaya on the Bayou" sung by Hank Williams

Jesus and Tomatoes” by Kate Campbell
"Lemon Tree" sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary
"Lollipop" by the Chordettes
"MacArthur Park" by Jimmy Webb
"Magic Pie" by Oasis
"Maximum Consumpion" by The Kinks
"Mayonaise" by Smashing Pumpkins
"Melon Song" by mrweebls
"Memphis Soul Stew" by King Curtis
"Milk And Toast And Honey" by Roxette
"My Sweet Potato" by Booker T & the MGs
"Omelete Man" by Carlinhos Brown
"On Top of Spaghetti" by Tom Glazer
"Onion Song" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
"Onions" Performed by John Lee Hooker
"Pass the Peas" by James Brown
"Peaches" performed by The Presidents Of The USA (musical group)
"Peaches and Cream" by the John Butler Trio
"Pork Chops & Gravy" by The Ink Spots
"Pork Roll, Egg, And Cheese" by Ween
"Pulling Mussels From a Shell" by Squeeze
"RC Cola & a Moon Pie" by Nelsen Adelard Band w/Mark Norris
"Raspberries, Strawberries" by The Kingston Trio
"Reggae Reggae Sauce" by Levi Roots

Rocky Top” by Dolly Parton
"Rump Steak Serenade"-Fats Waller
"Save the Bones for Henry Jones" by The Jackson Sisters
"Savoy Truffle" by The Beatles
"Shanghi Noodle Factory" by Traffic
"Shortnin' Bread" performed by everyone

Shrimp and Grits” byTedeschi Trucks Band
"Sing for Your Supper" by the Mamas & Papas
"Smokey Joe's Cafe" sung by The Robins

Soul Food” by Martina Topley-Bird
"Soup Of The Day"performed by Chris Rea
"Strawberry Cream Puff " by Shonen Knife
"Strawberry Fields" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
"Supper Time"-Irving
"TV Dinners" by ZZ Top
"Tangerine" by Led Zeppelin
"The Lemon Song" by Led Zeppelin
"This Was a Real Nice Clambake" from musical Carousel
"Toast" by The Q-Tips
"Toast" performed by Steetband
"Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs" Kelsey Grammar
"Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard
"Vegetables" by The Beach Boys
"Watermelon Man" by Herbie Hancock
"Watermelon Man" by Mongo Santamaria
"White Pepper Ice Cream" by Cibo Matto
"Wild Honey" by The Beach Boys
"Wild Honey" by U2
"Yes! We Have No Bananas" by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn
"You're My Meat" performed by Joe Williams
'Sweet Potato Pie" performed by James Taylor

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