Food for Thought

Devour these books in the new year.

Twain’s Feast: Searching for America’s Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens
-by Andrew Beahrs

Recommended by Laura Carlson:
This story does a great job of blurring genre lines—it’s an interesting food memoir, along with covering American history and touching on literary notes having to do with Mark Twain’s life and career.

Scoop: Notes from a Small Ice Cream Shop
-by Jeff Miller

Recommended by Mary Severson:
This is a fun read about two men who move to Hayward, Wisconsin to take over the local ice cream shop—and everything they learned about living in a small town.

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
-by Michael Pollan

Recommended by Laura Carlson:
Feeling overwhelmed by all the diet plans in the news these days? This book makes great arguments about why healthy eating doesn’t need to be complicated: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

—recommendations from librarians at the Hennepin County Library–Eden Prairie