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We would like to use this space to share some of our favourite books that pertain to what we do at Gidora’s Garden. They are in no particular order, but we love them all for one reason or another.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by  Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver

This great book follows the novelist Barbara Kingsolver as she chronicles one real-life year on her farm in West Virginia. We really liked this book because we connected with so many of the everyday incidents that happened on her farm, many were similar to our experience of farming yet were told in a very entertaining fashion. Barbara Kingsolver also does a really good job connecting the narrative of her year with important environmental and social issues that we face as a society today.

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon with Mary G. Enig, Ph. D.

This is one of our all time favourite cookbooks. It is written on the premise that the healthiest diet is rich in fermented foods and healthy animal fats, and is low in sugars and starches, and is free of processed foods. Besides many great recipes it is full of interesting and eye-opening nutritional information in the margins.

Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz

This book is all about fermentation and contains recipes for just about every kind of fermentable food imaginable. It combines very thorough instructions with eclectic anecdotes. It is highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn more about fermentation!

Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth by William Byrant Logan

This is a meditative book all about the stuff we grow plants in and all the surprising ways that we relate to it. It is organized as a series of essays, each with a different topic. You will never look at dirt in the same way again.

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